What I thought was going to start out as a bad day in reality turned out to be a simply good one. I became frustrated from some early emails and phone calls, to then head into work during the rain. The weather had turned from just cold and nice to the usual Seattle dark, rain.
And even though it was a Friday, I told myself that I would try to ‘work myself out of this mood’… to be greeted by my ‘new’ coworker (JM) who is actually my replacement. She made these amazing tiny cupcakes (I should mention she is not only a beautiful young lady but a great baker too) and with her infectious smile, it made me smile as well. I wanted to try to show her more things that she needs to know about the role because I want to see her succeed. She is very thrilled to be in this new role and I know she will be a good support for MG.
Following our day of sharing some of the issues, we also shared some laughs. And then at the end of the work day, she and I walked over with AS to happy hour.
That is when the day turned into really sharing Good Company.
I know that there are people in my office that don’t like me, but I (as I did as a child) try to still warm up to people. Even those who try hard to make my work life miserable, I still will work hard to do what I can for them.
So to have the chance to share some time with some very nice colleagues and to hear some of their stories and to laugh felt very good this evening. It made me feel good to be asked to share the time and the people who sat around me are truly good company. Kevin (our coordinator for the evening) is this very tall, very nice man who I really enjoy working with. And Jason, our newer coworker is just the sweetest, sincerest young man and I admire them both. The others also have some great personalities and it just felt good to sit there with them.
But after the men left, (JM) left early on, I sat with Susan, Caroline (who sadly is leaving our company) and AS. We chatted and I heard two life stories from two amazing women who have had some struggles with their families. But they ‘try’ and work through these issues even though they are obviously in pain. To hear them, it made me realize that the issues I have with the ‘bullies’ of my office and when I whine about issues I may be having, really are incomparable. These two young ladies struggle (as I did during those same ages in my life) but to see the strong women they are, I actually felt proud FOR them. Not that I had anything to do with it, but more because I thought for that moment on my drive home, that I hope my own daughter becomes a strong, beautiful woman like them.
So going to Happy Hour with Good Company is a Simple, Good Life!