What do you do when you just don’t have that skip in your step or those fresh ideas and positivity swirling in your mind?
A funny thing happened to me the last time I was there. Really, it was funny. Because when I looked up, I saw this piece in our kitchen which we call the Smiley-Face Spoon.
It was a gift to us almost ten years ago when I was in a wonderful workplace developing communications and marketing plans for educators across the country who taught Kindermusik, music and movement classes that drive development in kids newborn to age seven. And these educators were the most spirited and happy-minded individuals I’ve ever met.
When a group of them had traveled to our home office for a business planning session, one educator who had been working with me on a few projects gave me a gift. She wanted to say ‘thank you’ and acknowledge the work I had been doing to help her and her fellow educators of whom she was a national leader.
I unwrapped this oddly long and light stick wrapped in decorated paper and it was, aptly named, the Smiley-Face Spoon. This simplest of gifts has since become a staple in our kitchen during the baking of cookies and cakes, pancakes or waffles, really every happy-family-in-the-kitchen moment.
It got me thinking about how much I stew (pun i.) over buying gifts for friends, co-workers, etc. to get just the right thing often thinking more expensive makes more of an impact. Not so.
It got me thinking of the wonderful people I’ve worked with in my life. Right on.
It got me thinking about this one person and her energy, positivity, and passion for teaching children. That’s the thought with which I want to start my day!
And it got me thinking of the importance of having pictures or other reminders of people you admire in view throughout your day. In your office, your home, your car. Because when you see them, you can go there and fuel your positivity when the tank is low.