It never ceases to amaze me how thoroughly my human imperfections can raise their head to humble me. Even with my complete understanding of the situation, my best efforts, and deliberate focused energy, errors can (and do) creep in. Today, my humanness is highlighted by yet another simple mathematical error. Well more like validation from one chart to another. I can count (most days anyway). Apparently my struggle comes from comparing a written paper to a huge and complex computer screen representation. How could I possibly miss a simple thing like that! Yowza!
And yet, with my speedy confession and appropriate remorse when admitting my error, I find the graciousness of others as well. No judgement, no laughing (well, not to my face anyway). But genuine collaboration to make sure the error gets fixed in all the cascading documents as well. And for that … I am grateful.
So today I remember to keep my head held high, but at an appropriately humble angle. Remember – count it a 4th time, just in case. Admit the mistake early and spend energy in fixing it not fretting about it. And, next time I find an error of someone else’s data, remember today and be gracious.
In my work as a Human Resources Manager for a large corporation I tend to meet alot of people. A whole lot. When I add in the work I do as a Myers-Briggs certified trainer, I meet a bunch more. Every once in a while I meet someone who absolutely, hands-down inspires me. It’s electric and enchanting when it happens!
I’ve been thinking about what it is that touches me so much about these people and I think I finally figured it out – because they are all about making the lives of others better. Simple isn’t it. They don’t even do it in big, grand or sweeping ways – they do it in everyday life. They are easy to talk to. They are genuine in their concern for those that don’t even usually have a voice in the matter. They are humble and kind. They aren’t donating wings of hospitals. (Don’t get me wrong – that’s pretty spectacular!) But the people that truly inspire me are the ones that make me happy to be me and happy to know them. Which is pretty much the basis for love – love grows when we are happy to be ourselves with someone else.
Simple … simple … simple.
I wonder, just wonder, if I am ever the person who inspires another. Do I measure myself against the right success criteria? Do I make them happy to be who they are when they are with me? Am I self-aware enough to notice?
If you want to see someone who I think is inspiring by venturing to spread smiles, peace and happiness in these difficult and worrisome times – check out Paul Wesselman and his uRock campaign. And then, check out this video on youTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EYAUazLI9k.