He ducked into my office quickly as the day was beginning. My mind was on a million things. It had been quite the first quarter. I was teaching 6th grade math online, recording writing lessons each day for 3-5th grade, answering tech calls from parents, helping teachers administer NWEA for the first time, and trying to stay afloat with other responsibilities I had as our instructional coach.
I’m sorry to interrupt…I’ll just take a minute of your time…I don’t want to embarrass you, but I want to let you know that you are the most positive person I know. You have been given so many responsibilities this year, and have done it all with a smile. No need to respond. I just wanted to let you know. Thanks for that.
He was out of my office in a flash. Less than one minute. Nothing fancy. No perfectly worded card. No flowers. No gift. Just words. And those words made all the difference in my day.
That was weeks ago, and I still sit thinking about those words. I am humbled by them, thankful for them, but also convicted by them. I need to use my words in this way more often. I need to intentionally take time to build others up, affirm the good work they are doing. It makes a difference. Who can I find to lift up today?