So one of the nicest things ever happened to me last week, and I’ve been saving it for this week so I could share it with you. If you’ve ever seen any of my Uncrapify Your Life! show, you’ll know that I talk a little bit about how small things often yield the largest rewards. So I want to share with you a small thing that did exactly that.
I was in Lyons, Kansas last week. After my show, Joe Birzer bought a set of minibooks and thanked me for entertaining him and giving him something to think about. He then left, and I assumed that was the last I’d see of him. But it turns out that he was the night clerk at the hotel I was staying at. I ran into him again right before I went to sleep. We talked for another minute, and when I turned in I assumed that would be the last I’d ever hear from him.
So imagine my surprise when I woke up the next morning and found the following note placed under my door:
I would first like to thank you again for speaking at the Chamber dinner last night. Your energy and message seemed to make sense to a crowd of professionals! After making through your six book collection of gold during my shift, I can honestly say that your words mean a lot. They made me stop and think about things I’ve done in the past and how they should have been handled, not the way they were. I now feel like I can go into a situation better prepared for whatever happens and have a favorable outcome just not for me, but for everyone involved. I hope to pass what I’ve learned from your books to my family, friends, and coworkers so that they too can have that sense of preparedness and can truly say that they’re on their way to becoming happy! Thanks again, Jeff, can’t wait to read another one of your books!
The Night Guy
Seriously – that is one of the nicest things anyone has taken the time to do for me. It literally made my entire day. It probably took him less than five minutes to write it, and it was absolutely the nicest thing anyone could have done for me.
I promise I’ll get back to telling you how to be terrible at life next week, but this week I hope you can find five minutes to say something similarly nice to someone in your life. Small things like this really do make all the difference. So thanks, Joe. I wish I had your email address or phone number to thank you properly, but I’ll just have to hope that this gets to you somehow.
What little things can you do this week to make someone’s day? Leave your ideas in the comments section!
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Compliment someone, and say it with your heart (they’ll know if you mean it or not). Men, women, children, Seniors… Everyone loves to be noticed and you’re sure to bring a smile o their face! Good article!
Thanks for the tip Shannon! It’s so easy to do and can really make a big difference!
Or you can buy a self help guru’s book & get a personal dedication written in that says ” I hope this book helps you stop being shitheads. :)” That makes my day every time I read it. Thanks Jeff, I haven’t been a shithead in years! 🙂
What kind of weird-o author would do that? Oh, right…