There is no denying that the past year hasn’t been an easy one. It has also been somewhat unique in that virtually everyone has been impacted. Every country, every community, every individual. It’s times like these when our connections to others are important. A phone call, email, or any kind of outreach can mean the world to someone. We never know the full internal struggles of others, even those closest to us, so never underestimate the power of an expressed positive thought.
I still have an email that was sent to me 25 years ago. It’s just one sentence: “You are doing a great job”. It was sent to me by a manager named Monica at a place I was working at the time. I had only been working there for about a month at the time. It wasn’t sent by my manager and not one that I really dealt with extensively, but at the moment, it was very meaningful to me. Someone knew I was there, I was working hard, and someone recognized and appreciated it.
The worldwide pandemic has made many of us feel more alone than ever before. We are not alone, but that’s many people’s perception and that perception becomes their reality. I challenge each of you to change that reality for those around you. Set a goal for positive outreach. It could be as simple as one message a week. Watch for someone doing something noteworthy, or something you appreciate, and send them a short note complementing or thanking them. Or—don’t even wait for some specific event. Send a note telling someone you are thinking of them and look forward to catching up soon.
I promise you; your words will have meaning to the person receiving them and will make a difference in their day—probably more than you will ever know. I also promise you it will make a difference in yours.