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Compassion At Work

--by olivierchhu, posted Mar 24, 2020
Earlier this week, I created a new experience at work.
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?...)

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Readers Comments

Rajni wrote: You are shooting well with your positive gun to shoot down negativity. You did a wonderful job. I wish others get inspired from your post. Thanks for sharing.
lindariebel wrote: You must be very tactful to convey successfully what could be perceived as a correction!
smileswithhope wrote: So sweet! And what an amazing reminder of the simplicity of gratitude -- and life. :)
mindyjourney wrote: Beautiful redirection of focus 😊. Thank you for encouraging colleague and for sharing with us :))))).
patjos wrote: How wonderful, thank you :)
Mish wrote: You did exactly what was needed to help him turn his day around. An attitude of gratitude powerful way to set the day in a positive direction. Well done, Olivier! 👏🏻
LoveyDovey wrote: Yay, nicely done!
smilinghearts wrote: 🙏
dotmatrix wrote: You changed the course of his entire day with your kind attention. Well done. ♥.
Kayz20 wrote: that's awesome! :)

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