hu·mil·i·ty [ hyoo míllətee ]
- modesty or respectfulness: the quality of being modest or respectful
- “Mistakes happen, keep trying!”
- “Everyone has a first try!”
- “Keep going, you’ll get it right!”
- “Next time, slip on the rubber boots, you’ll get the hang of it!”
- “See, you’re getting the hang of things already!”
Seriously, I have received more positive praise and encouragement over the last two days than I honestly think I’ve gotten in the last several years of my career. This comment isn’t to slam anyone I’ve worked with over the last several years, this comment is to recognize the people I just spent the last two days with. I mean it, the people I’ve been with these last two days are amazing. So truly amazing.
I sit here tonight with my back hurting, my legs sore, my feet swollen and my eyes burning, I’m so very tired. I worked hard, so hard over these last two days that come break time, I couldn’t wait to get off my feet. I learned to appreciate the 10 minute break and to appreicate the 30 minute lunch break even more. Truthfully, there were moments over the last two days that I wished for my “desk job” just so I could sit down and stare at my computer for a few moments and do nothing. Although everytime I would show signs that I was tired, someone would come up with words of encouragement or a quick shoulder massage … small gestures to show me they cared and that I had support around me to keep going.
I’ve always believed that things happen for a reason. I believe this with my heart, with the core of my being, that things happen for a reason. Before I left my last employer, I would have never thought I would leave that job – I loved that job in so many ways. When I was interviewing for my current job there was something about the company that drew me in — caught my attention. Although, never in a million years would I have ever thought I would be working in the grocery store industry. Although, because I felt a huge pull towards this company, towards this job, I went with the feeling accepted the job when it was offered.
I’m three weeks into the job. In some ways it feels like I’ve been with this company forever, like I’ve found my place. In other ways, I feel so overwhelmed and aware of all that I don’t know. Yet, tonight, as I sit here so freaking tired that all I really want to do is go to bed, I have found the energy to type this entry. I have written this entry because the last two days have reminded me about humility and just how important it is to have humility.
I have seen and been reminded of what is important in life. It doesn’t matter what you do for your living, it matters how you live. Your character and integrity are more important than your job title or status in life. People are people, period. No matter what you look like, how much money you make, or where you live – we all have something in common. If you look past the surface, of anything, there are always amazing things deeper. If you’re open to it, people will support you when you need support, even when you don’t realize you need the support. I’ve also been reminded of how important, so important it is to have humility.
I hope that you all have the opportunity, like I have had this week, to step so far out of your comfort zone that it scares you – but so far out of your comfort zone that when you do it, you can say “Hell Yeah! I did it!” I hope you remember that when you step out of your comfort zone there are amazing things and people there waiting for you. I hope that you remember (or realize) that when you step out of your comfort zone that is truly where the magic happens.
To the people who have been around me this week, particularly these last two days, THANK YOU – Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing me what kindness, hardwork and humility really means. What an experience.