I’ve noticed I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to lately. I think maybe subconsciously, I feel as if I’m going to write, it has to be some well thought-out narrative about something not too run-of-the-mill. I hesitate to say about something exciting because, let’s face it. My life’s not all that exciting. Not that I’m complaining.
Life gets busy and I don’t stop to write. Too many days go by and I end up not knowing where to begin. Or I end up trying to document every notable happening since my last post and then I ramble on and on and on…
But certainly there should be at least one good thing in any given day. That shouldn’t be so hard to do, right? Here’s one good thing from today.
I woke up this morning to fog and gray skies, which eventually turned into rain for the whole rest of the day. I went to the office feeling like I’d just left, hadn’t made a dent in yesterday’s to-do list, and had another list awaiting me. It was one of those days in which every time I settled into a good focus, someone or something would come along and interrupt my train of thought.
So there I was, trying to get my head above water when I got an email from my boss, (whom I adore, by the way.) She’s a tough chick with a great ability to lead, and she’s inspiring in many ways. I’d do anything for her. So when she asked if I would write something for her, I didn’t mind rearranging my work load to accommodate her request. She asked for a paragraph about a particular product, its current level of success, and such. The information was needed for the monthly corporate report. My boss had been asked by the V.P. to write it but she was too busy. So she passed the request on to me.
I read through some previous reports to refresh myself on the usual tone and gathered a few statistics. I began to write in a way I thought would suit the report. It wasn’t much. Just a short paragraph detailing recent growth of the product, noting evidence of client satisfaction and insinuating a few departmental pats-on-the-back. I read through it a few times, adjusted some of the information and decided it was finished. Then I second guessed myself, wondering if I was expected only to provide the necessary details so that someone else could mold it into their own words. And finally decided I’d spent too much time already playing around with the thing. I emailed it to my boss with a note saying to let me know if it was not what she’d had in mind. I knew if it wasn’t, she’d send it back and ask me to try again.
I went to a meeting and when I returned to my desk, the voicemail light was lit on my desk phone. I dialed in and heard my boss’s voice telling me that what I had written was perfect. She said, “You have such a talent for writing” and mentioned how very appreciative she was. She instantly put the biggest smile on my face. I hadn’t created a work of art or anything. I’d gathered some numbers and mimicked the style of another’s writing. But it made my day that she took the time to stop and let me know that my help was genuinely appreciated. And when she emailed it to the big guy to add to his report, she copied me, making sure to give me credit for putting the information together. From that moment on, everything else felt just a little bit easier and I was reminded how incredibly good it feels to be genuinely thanked! I’m going to try to remember to always pay that forward.