It’s April, which means a lot of rain and thunderstorms are possible here in the Northeast. It got me thinking about the popular saying “April showers bring May flowers” and something I used to do when I was working in a corporate environment.
My mother always told me to keep an extra umbrella in the car in case I were to forget mine or leave mine behind somewhere. I also kept one in my office in case it began to rain after I was already in the building. I found this to be a benefit for my coworkers who needed to head out during the day on an errand or for lunch. Whenever I heard someone say “Oh darn, it’s raining and I don’t have an umbrella with me,” I would happily offer mine. I never labeled it; I trusted people to return it – and they always did!
People are usually shocked that I offer help before I’m asked. When I hear someone express a need, I try to fill it if it’s within my means. In this case, an extra umbrella is simple!
I was once in the gym locker room and overheard a young woman tell her friend that she forgot to bring socks. Always carrying several extra pair in my gym bag, I offered them to her. She looked at me wide-eyed as if to say, “You’re a total stranger and you’re loaning me socks?” Instead, she said, “Wow, that’s so kind of you! Thank you for offering. I’ll make sure to leave them at the front desk the next time I come.” And a week later the freshly washed socks were waiting for me when I checked in at the desk. I had faith they would be.
Is there something you could keep on hand at the office or school to loan to another in need? Would you still do it if there was a chance you might not get it back? Please share in the comments below.
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