"It's strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man's mind for so many years. Yet those memories can be awakened and brought forth fresh and new, just by something you've seen, or something you've heard, or the sight of an old familiar face." Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows -
My twins (now former) teacher sent them [individual, that part is important 🙃] postcards from Hawaii. She wrote personal notes—things like 'wish you were here' and 'make sure you come and see me next year.' I'd be willing to bet the greatest lesson she taught my children had little to do with reading or math or standardized testing. I'm pretty sure it was about going the extra mile. -
My grandmother (who raised me) was the epitome of this sentiment. I've been thinking about her a lot lately—about all the little things you come to appreciate. Like—how she'd call just to warn me about the weather. [It's going to rain today, she'd say. So, you know, maybe just stay home. 😂] Lots of people think it's about doing big things, the grand gestures that matter. I've realized it's the "little" stuff that makes all the difference. When I used to teach, I would ask business owners if they knew what their AVP (added value proposition) was and more often than not, they had no idea. I guess my point is, as it turns out, the extra mile isn't that crowded a place. And it's really, really beautiful there.