Years later, the Effect Still Lingered
--by smileswithhope, posted Mar 25, 2018
One particular week, I decided I wanted to make people smile, but I wanted to do it anonymously, perhaps with the slight hope that it'd invite a subtle sense of trust or playfulness in the work culture. So one evening, I wrote up a few quotes that have inspired me over the years. The next morning, I went to work a bit early and quickly posted them up by the sinks and mirrors in the office restrooms. Maybe someone else would enjoy the quote as much as I had, and perhaps it might just freshen their day, I thought.
For the next few months, some of the quotes got taken down, but I noticed that a couple remained. So perhaps others liked them, too. :)
Eventually, I finished out my contract with that organization and conditions brought me to other settings. A couple years passed, during which I'd get an email update from my former boss and teammates every so often.
A few months ago, I was invited to a reunion with my colleagues to hear updates on how the project I had worked on was going. Although I no longer worked in this office building, I had really enjoyed working with my team, and was happy to see them all again. Towards the end of the event, I went to the bathroom, and low-and-behold, the quote that I had written 2.5 years earlier was still up in the same spot by the mirror! It read:
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes." -- Marcel Proust
Maybe the quote simply blended into the backdrop for the veteran employees, or perhaps it still stood out as a shining reminder each time someone went to the restroom.
Whatever the case, it was a sweet moment and reminder that we never know where the ripples go, or how long they last, or how long a seed planted will take to bloom and give fruit-- but to simply keep sowing seeds of kindness from the heart ... nothing less, and nothing more. :)