A Word That Reminds Me To Be Kind

When I went out for my run the other day, I passed by a street named Rayburn.  When I saw that word written on the sign,  I was reminded of the importance of being kind.  I was reminded to treat others the way I want to be treated…with respect and with patience.

When I am reminded of the importance of being kind, I think of a boss I once had that was not kind. When I think of this boss, I think of my first few weeks working at my new job in Washington DC.  When I think of this new job, I am reminded of how clueless this small town Arizona girl was at working in the bustling, high-stressed environment of our nation’s capital.

When I think of this new working environment, I think of the first letter my boss handed me to type up for her.  When I think of this letter, I think of all the new terminology that came along with my new job. When I think of all these new terms,  I think of RHOB, the unfamiliar word I saw written in the address portion of the letter I was instructed to prepare.

When I think of that word, I then remember how I approached my new boss to inquire as to what it meant.  After I asked her my question, I remember the eye rolling and the look of disgust she gave me as she turned and walked away,  “Rayburn House of Building”.  I didn’t hear her say the word duh, but I felt it.

As I returned from my run the other day, I once again passed by a street named Rayburn.  When I saw that word written on the sign,  I was reminded of the importance of being kind.  I was reminded to treat others the way I want to be treated…with respect and with patience.

One little eye roll, one little act of disrespect, sticks with us.  Fourteen years later and I can still remember the moment that somebody made me feel as if I stood two inches tall.   Your actions, your words, your body language, and your tone of voice matter.  Build the people in your life up today.  Don’t cut them down.

By the way, I was attempting to make this post read like the series of books my son and I used to read together,  If You Give…  by Laura Numeroff.  I’ve always loved these books because they remind kids (and adults) that there are consequences for the choices we make…good consequences and bad consequences.

 

 

12 thoughts on “A Word That Reminds Me To Be Kind

  1. Anne

    Your memories bring back fond recollections of my beginnings in Washington. I was blessed to be placed in the office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at HUD. My mentors there were Lilian Wallach and George Hancsack. In a place where politics and protocol (and typing 6 copies using carbon paper — no wite-out allowed!) were stressed, these two people showed caring and compassion. I didn’t appreciate it at the time, but looking back I can see that their patience and understanding contributed to my positive professional improvement and my development as a responsible “grown-up.”

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Very cool, Anne. I love when, in hindsight, we can see those people who were patient and respectful with us. It is so important to build up and not tear down.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Yeah, I’ve really been thinking about how some of the smallest things stick with us. It’s a good reminder to be intentional and compassionate in our interactions.

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  2. Jenifer

    Actions and attitudes tend to stick with me more than the words themselves. Because of this I need to remember to make my words, actions and attitude kind at all times. Great encouragement!!

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