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My "Aha" Moment

Published October 23, 2012 9:42 AM by Toni Patt

I just celebrated another birthday last week. My coworkers surprised me with a little party that included presents. The "big" present was a gift bag filled with bags of carrots. Yes, I was thrilled. It was exactly what I wanted. I also received horse-themed socks (love them) and a very special bracelet.

I'm not a big jewelry person. A few weeks ago I complimented the PTA I work with on one she was wearing. It was exactly the kind of thing I'd buy for myself. I made a mental note of where she got it so I could get one myself. Imagine my surprise when I found that bracelet wrapped up as a gift. She hadn't had time to get another one so gave me the one I liked so much.

This may not seem like a big thing but it meant a lot to me. I've expressed frustration about her at times. I've gritted my teeth over some of her decisions. But giving me that bracelet made me stop and realize what a different person she is outside of work. That simple act gave me a glimpse of her true personality.

It's easy to feel frustration and complain about coworkers. It's not so easy to see them as people. From now on, I'm going to make every effort to have more patience and understanding. I'm going to take the initiative and teach rather than complain. I had a major "aha" moment today. My world was totally rocked and I want to make the most of it.

I mention this because it's a nice reminder that we're all human. It's easy to forget this during the stress of a work day. I thanked her at the party. Tomorrow I'll tell her how much I appreciate her gift and remind myself to forever more be more understanding. Next weekend I'll be wearing the bracelet under my show clothes because it suits me well.

I often use my blog to complain and point out shortcomings of others. Today I'm using it to say something very nice about someone else.

2 comments

Toni- Good post.  I think sometimes it is easy to be on edge with coworkers and to recognize differences in opinions.  Hopefully this "aha" moment with lead to building more relationships with your coworkers and ultimately result in better team work.  

Lisa Mueller October 24, 2012 9:44 AM

Sounds like this new job just might be a good fit after all. Now there's a nice birthday present!

Dean Metz October 24, 2012 12:07 AM

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