Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Small Words, Big Meaning

“On a day when I’d normally only see the negatives, all I see are the positives,” says a text message I sent a friend tonight.

If you’re like me, you probably have days in which you cannot wait until they are over. Maybe a coworker said something, or did something, to rub you the wrong way. Maybe the deadlines are adding up and you feel like there is no way you’re going to to get anything done. Or, maybe, your performance feels so under pressure that there is no way, at least you think, that anyone believes you did a good job. 

Today could very well have easily been one of those days, for me. 

At some point, without much awareness, that changed.

For starters, I drove to work in the rain without any working windshield wipers. It’s like driving through a river, I told my mom.

Then, when I finally got to work, which was earlier than usual, I didn’t have my badge to get into the building. 

Right when I walked through the door, I knew it was going to be a different day. The assistant to our “big boss” was at the front desk. 

She said, “Oh, I”ll let her in.” 

Small words, but big meaning. 

The way the rest of the day unfolded may have normally felt like one big chaotic event. I work in television news, and the President was in town. My job was to produce our on-air coverage of President Barack Obama’s speech. That was great, until it started thundering and lightning and weather developed.

The rest of the day turned into what could have been one gigantic gloomy mess.

Yet, because the simple four words said to me at the beginning of the day, all I could see was the positives. That's not all that happened, but it certainly started it off right. 

I left work with a smile on my face, proud of my colleagues - all of them, and delighted to return to work the next day.

There may have been dark clouds in the sky, but there weren’t any tears here. 

What’s the lesson? Perspective is everything. That, and, just one person and the very few words they say can have an incredible impact on your entire day.

1 comment:

  1. OK, this is my third try, but I think I've got it down now. What I just wrote was SO awesome and profound. I will not be able to duplicate it again -- but in a nut shell -- Annie, I am so happy that I was able to turn your day around and I didn't even know it. It was a crazy day for you and the entire newsroom. You guys worked your butts off covering the President and the floods. You should go home proud everyday because what you do counts to thousands of people. True journalism is a noble profession.

    Perspective is a choice and choosing a positive outlook on the events that unfolds in one's life is not always an easy path. I am blessed that I am wired to typically see all that is good but would be lying if I didn't confess that I go down the road of not seeing blessing from time to time. That is when you rely on God, friends and family to set you straight and put you back on the right path.


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