Hello, gentle readers!
Like many authors, I have a regular 8 to 5 job. I’m very fortunate though. I love what I do, but more importantly, I love where I work. Seriously. I’ve never worked at a place like this before, where individual as well as team contributions are recognized and the company really takes care of its people. We have team building events (not run by management, but by us, the worker bees), which are a lot of fun. It could be lunch out at a nearby restaurant. It could be a happy hour after work. It could be just about anything.
For my team building event, I requested that my team mates bring in pictures of themselves—from newborn to about 6 years old. I was going to post them on a poster board and we were to guess who was who. I also requested that each of my team members relate two or three of their best memories growing up.
So, because this was my event and I made the request, I had to bring pictures of myself as well. I figured it would take me all of five minutes to pull the plastic storage boxes down and find what I wanted but…that’s not what happened. I ended up taking a walk down memory lane and spent half the morning looking at photos—my husband, when we first met; my son, from newborn to just recent (and he’s 38 years old now); my parents and my grandparents; friends. Lots and lots of pictures of friends, some of whom are no longer with us. The dogs I have loved.
I even found pictures of the house I live in now, taken when we first moved here in 1997. The trees were so small! Now? They tower over everything, shading most of the back yard.
Anyway, the event at work was a success. Everyone participated and the pictures, as you can imagine, were so adorable. Most everyone guessed correctly (there were one or two misses, but that was it) and the stories that were shared were sometimes funny, sometimes a little sad, but accomplished what I wanted…that we get to know each other a little better. I heard that another department thought my idea was a good one and they’re going to do it as well.
Until next time, remember to spread kindness wherever you go.