It’s a very pleasant thing to be proved right occasionally. Too often would probably lead to inflated egotism; not often enough, a crisis of confidence. It’s not that I think I am any kind of sage with real wisdom, either; it’s just reassuring when something that you hold to be true proves itself out in someone else’s life, too.
Intelligent Librarian, who figured out who I am just by reading my posts and thinking they sounded like me, told me excitedly one day, “Someone just came and told me that the information I gave them helped them!”
“That was kind of them,” I said. “Who was it?”
“Well, a few weeks ago, a man came in and needed help doing his resume online and attaching it to an application. I helped him a little bit, no big deal, until we got it figured out and sent. He was really relieved to have it all taken care of, and I wished him luck with the job.”
“Not a big deal to you, but major to him. What job was it?”
“He was applying for a teaching position at one of the high schools, “ she said. “This is his first teaching job, and he was really nervous, wanting to do everything right.”
“Of course,” I said. “Must make a good impression.” We laughed.
“Today he came back,” she said. “He said he just wanted to tell me he had an interview and he got the job! I was so happy for him, and really glad he came back to tell me about it.”
“It’s really satisfying,” I agreed.
“This is something that would happen to the Feel-good Librarian,” she said. “I never thought it would happen to ME.”
“I keep telling you….”
I keep telling everybody - you can do it no matter who you are or what your job is. Caring about people and letting them know it makes a difference in their day. Big difference or small difference, when you make it happen for other people, it makes a difference in your life, too.
We’ll start a club: the Feel-good Mail carrier, the Feel-good Grocery store clerk, the Feel-good Professor, the Feel-good Piano tuner. Go on, don’t be afraid. Take that extra five seconds and make it happen to you, too.
After all - the more, the merrier.