Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities… always see them… for they’re always there.
-Norman Vincent Peale
I adore this quote. Made-up word and all.
I really don’t give myself enough credit for the type of person I am or try to become. I had another thing happen last week that I wanted to record here that was really uplifting. Actually, make that two things.
The first thing is that I had lunch with my old boss from my previous job. We’ve ran into each other a few times at the gym and she found me on facebook and requested an add. I went ahead and accepted because I don’t necessarily see myself going back to working for her. She wasn’t always the best manager (odd style), but I’ve always liked her as a person. People at work were extremely judgmental of her, but I’m one of those people who always, always, always tries to spin things positive. I also tend to take things at face value and will not often assume the worst possible thing possible about someone. Treat people how you want to be treated, no matter how much they might rub you the wrong way. I know how to be professional and I know how to be open and communicative. It was a good lunch. She told me she missed having me out there because I was really good at being thorough with things and making sure items didn’t get dropped. The environmental department out there has taken a pretty healthy hit and is almost completely filled with new people. They are also planning on doing away with all of the contractors (which was the position I held at the time). I miss working out there and getting out to the shops and interacting with people, but I do not miss the stress of having a contract. They are working on getting three full time permanent positions, but I doubt they’ll be open for the public. It’s one of the annoying things about government jobs. It was a good lunch though and feeling important that I’m missed, was like a breath of fresh air. Sometimes you just don’t know when you leave a position if you’ve done a well enough job that they would want you back. I made sure to outline everything for my position for the person taken over, unlike the incumbent before me. She pretty much set me up to fail (so glad I didn’t). I would never do that to another person. Ironically, she’s the one who took back over when I left and they failed to award the new contract in a timely manner (I also turned them down since the new company couldn’t give me a pay raise or guarantee longer than a year).
The second thing that happened last week is that on Wednesday we went out to dinner with some friends. Someone at the restaurant paid for our meals. We don’t know who, or if we might have known them. It was a pleasant surprise and sort of nice to be a part of the random act of kindness bit. I try to do my part in doing small things, maybe one day I’ll be able to cover a parties meal as a way to pay it forward.
Do positive things, have positive returns. Anything is possible. Optimism can be contagious, pass it on.