It was a frigid January day as I walked into Main Street Express to pick up my morning hot chocolate. This is a regular occurrence for me, but something was different this time. When I went to pay, I remembered my office was participating in 26 Acts of Kindness, so I told the clerk to keep the change and paid for the drinks of the next three customers. The clerk was speechless. I have not thought of that day for awhile and it was no big deal.
Fast forward 7 months later. Again, I was picking up my hot chocolate and the same lady waited on me. The clerk charged me the coffee price instead of the hot chocolate rate, so I mentioned to her the difference. She said, “I remember awhile back when you left your change.” I was amazed! It was not that I received ten cents off my hot chocolate, but the fact she remembered that small act of kindness.
It’s the small details in life that can have a huge impact. If you are genuine and show you care, people notice! What can you do to show kindness? Maybe you can tutor a student in your class who is struggling, listen to a friend who is not sure what to major in or send an encouraging note to a classmate. This week, I challenge you to one random act of kindness. Not to see what you can receive in return, but for the simple fact to show you care.
Submitted by: Kimberly Imdieke | Online Advisor
Jumpstart your life!
Have you ever really, really wanted to do something, but felt that you were in a holding pattern?
Are you waiting for someone else to accomplish something so you can move on or finish your work?
This feeling happens to all of us throughout our lives.
- As children, we wait for the jump rope to hit a certain point before we feel confident to jump in and join the game.
- As teenagers, we wait for our drivers’ licenses with impatience.
- As parents, we wait for the perfect moment to snap a picture (sometimes missing the moment in real life).
- As students, we may sit in a room full of others, waiting for someone else to ask the question that we’ve been pondering through the entire lecture.
- As workers, we may be waiting for a promotion or acknowledgement of a job well done.
We wait every day. Waiting and patience is a virtue – however sometimes waiting too long can cripple us. Let this be your jumpstart to get moving again!
The quote above “The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men” was actually written by a woman! George Eliot was the pen-name for a woman who lived in the early 19th century. She didn’t *wait* for women to be accepted as novelists, she dove in and started work that she enjoyed!
Make the move, be brave and be willing to embrace challenges! New courses begin in January, 2014. Wait no more!! There *IS* room for you in our online classrooms.
There is nothing to be gained by waiting for a better situation. You see where you are and you do what you can with that.
- Jacob K. Javits
Submitted by Kristi Karels | Online Technologist