Compassion At Work
--by olivierchhu, posted Mar 24, 2020
In the morning, I asked a colleague whether he was doing well. He started to complain and to comment on his day in a negative way. I could feel some dark clouds in his mind and he was about to drag me into his negative thoughts.
But I reacted pretty calmly, patted his back, took a sheet of paper and wrote at the top of it “GRATITUDE”. I drew 3 bullets and asked him to reflect on 3 positive things over the course of his day, and then to come back to me when he filled the sheet.
Before he left in the evening, he came to my desk with the sheet, not only with 3, but with 5 positive thoughts on his day. His face totally changed and I felt a clear sky in his mind.
I was really moved. I felt like this small spontaneous act, these 2 minutes of attention I gave in the morning, changed one’s day… for the best!
(As you can see, his gratitudes were simple. But do we really need complicated things in life?...)