As a little girl, I never enjoyed playing tag…Everyone was always just a little faster than I was. I would run with all my might and finally would have to stop because I could no longer breathe. On occasion I would do a quick one…two… reach out quickly and tag the opponent. When this happened, I remember feeling happy for me and really happy for them!!!
Recently at work we began recognizing each other for “Random Acts Of Kindness” (RAOK). Each time someone is caught performing a RAOK an email goes out to everyone in the hospital. The email announces who was caught performing the RAOK and then they are encouraged to pay it forward. At first, there were a couple emails that would come across every now and then from administration or a director but before you knew it the emails were coming more frequently and from employees who worked in all areas of the hospital. And…even the night shift was on board!!!
Like wildfire it began to spread and while I am sitting at my desk totally engrossed in a report email notifications come across my desk and they read like this…
“_____ was caught performing a Random Act Of Kindness! Thanks for Making a Difference!!! Now Pay it Forward…
So throughout the day it is not unusual for several of these emails hit my inbox and each time I can’t help but smile. How cool is this… a virtual game of tag!!!
This morning as I was thinking of one of the notifications, I couldn’t help but wonder…
What would happen if everyone began to take the time to recognize people for what they do?
- Increased productivity
- Increased self-esteem
- Increased sense of accomplishment
- Improved dispositions
The list could go on and on…
Wow, then with the above changes can you imagine the possibilities for personal, professional, and Spiritual growth and what could be birthed from that growth??? With little effort, this could go global and impact the world!!! A little encouragement and recognition goes a long way!!!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1Thessalonians :11