Gift of a Stone
--by Faye, posted Mar 17, 2007
In the mean time, I try to let Ellen know just how appreciated she is. Words are wonderful and meaningful when expressing thoughts so I offer her thanks when I can. For example, when we are involved in a project and get so busy we forget to take a break I make time to send her a nice little e-mail offering my appreciation. There are other little tokens of kindness provided to Ellen during our time together: the usual lunch, coffee or last minute take-out meals to help us meet the never ending deadline at hand. Nothing special but something just the same. I have always offered kindness to people with whom I have the opportunity to work with. Never did I expect to receive anything in return.
But----the most unusual item showed up on my desk yesterday and I had no idea where it came from. A simple frame, black in color with a black and white photo of many different stones. All sizes all shapes yet the same mono color scheme. After looking at the photo throughout the day something caught my attention. There was a tiny crystal reflecting many colors across the other stones. How in the world did I miss seeing this? I picked up the frame and studied it some more.
Still curious, I opened the frame up and there was a note. "Thank you for mentoring me through this journey. I will always be the one different stone in every group because of you. Your care, kindness and ability to share your experience will go with me during my career and I will reflect your light of kindness for the rest of my life". Ellen.
There is not much to add to this story but Ellen has offered me the opportunity to see what simple acts of care and kindness can produce. I will keep Ellen’s “light” with me for the rest of my journey as well. Thank you Ellen!
Smile... :) ~Aurelia
Thank u for sharing the story.