People in my profession speak a lot about having strong, clear boundaries and managing expectations. It’s true. These are important. However, good judgement and compassion always replaces guidelines and rules.
One day last week, I worked late. After a long, busy day, I packed up and was ready to leave. Before I got to the outer door, someone stopped me and asked, “Can I see you?” I looked at him and said, “Can you come back tomorrow?” The look in his eyes told me that tomorrow was not good enough. He said, “I don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow.”
My inner voice, my soul, told me that he needed kindness more than anything else so we turned around and went back into my office. We spoke for a half hour. He explained why he was upset and then left. The next time I saw him, there was a renewed sense of self and balance.
I am pretty sure that it was my heart and not any particular skill-set that made the difference. I showed this individual kindness and compassion. I gave my time and did not leave. Kindness was the intervention and the agent of change.
To me, this demonstrates that the right help at the right time can make the world of difference. Giving of your time tells others that they are important. It tells them that someone really cares. It tells them they matter.
Listening to your soul and leading with your heart is important. Treating others with kindness is essential.
With all the challenges happening in the world, more kindness will make a difference.
Please tell me what you think!