Keeping It Positive
Recently, I've realized how much I enjoying going into the bank in person to see my favorite teller. Often, I take my now 9 month-old in with me. This teller is the most personable and caring individual I have ever had the joy of meeting. She is essentially a total stranger to me. I can't actually tell you her name (and I realize that's on me and I need to make a point to look at her name-tag the next time I'm in there). I've never seen her outside of work. But darn if I don't love going in to chat with her.
This kindhearted woman has told me on at least fifty occasions how awesome my son is. But, more than that, she's made me feel better about myself on a regular basis. When I had my son, she wanted to know how I had lost the baby weight so fast, and then commiserated with me when I told her it was actually stress. Today, she told me that she could recognize my son was so smart and advanced for his age because he was "like his mamma." I leave the bank with a spring in my step, and it stays with me the rest of the day, sometimes weeks.
It got me thinking about the power of positivity. Inspiration is hard to come by, but positive inspiration is sometimes impossible to find. Solo-preneurship is hard, too. It is difficult for me to have regular human interaction with anyone besides potential clients due to my hectic schedule. So to find positive inspiration in a face-to-face interaction isn't just rare and impossible, but utterly hopeless sometimes. It makes this teller and her uplifting attitude all the more special.
I wish I could tell her this face to face, but instead, I think I'll just hand her a thank you note with my blog website written in it and a coffee gift card. I hope the interwebs treat her kindly.
For all of you out there who compliment freely, who genuinely care about other people, and who are just flat-amazing individuals.... keep on being you! Keep it positive. It means so much to those of us whom it doesn't always come easy to.