Today I received a sweet note in email from a friend who told me I was a breath of fresh air in one of my current positions. She may not have any idea what that meant to me - but let me tell you - it felt like a shot of adrenaline.
In some conversations over the last month the topic of feedback and encouragement has come up numerous times. I have talked to friends who have received a great note or comment that kept them going. There was no way the giver of the kind words knew what those words would mean to the receiver. Some of those on the receiving end of the kindness have decided to reach out to others and share a note of encouragement. Kind of like a "pay it forward".
Sharing kindness and thanking people for what they are doing - even if it is their job - is such a wonderful thing to do. We all need to hear some good since the world is screaming the bad. Consider who you can offer a note or smile or email of encouragement. Then do it. Don't wait. Your few moments of kindness may be the one thing that gets them through the day!