When you get really busy with all the responsibilities of your day or week how do you deal with it – or maybe I should ask how does it deal with you? Are you a To-Do List Ninja multitasking and slashing through tasks like nobody else can? Do you keep your head down, nose to the grindstone, laser-focused on the tasks before you? No? Or maybe that’s just me. At times it can be almost addictive to check off all those boxes. If I’m not careful when I’m in that mode people around me can seem to fade into the background and I fail to spend those few moments that mean so much in maintaining relationships. I don’t mean to, but too often I do. Simple connections mean a lot. In fact, that can mean the difference between life and death. I found a short article on the net recently that illustrates what I’m talking about…..
A lady worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when she finished with her work schedule, she went into the meat cold room (freezer) to inspect something, but in a moment of misfortune, the door closed and she was locked inside with no help in sight. Although she screamed and knocked with all her might, her cries went unheard. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it's impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, as she was on the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door. She was miraculously saved from dying that day. When she later asked the security guard how he had come to open the door, which wasn't his usual work routine.
His explanation: "I've been working in this factory for 35 years, hundreds of workers come in and out every day, but you're one of the few who greet me in the morning and say goodbye to me every night when leaving after work. Many treat me as if I'm invisible. Today, as you reported for work, like all other days, you greeted me in your simple manner 'Hello'. But this evening after working hours, I curiously observed that I had not heard your "Bye, see you tomorrow". Hence, I decided to check around the factory. I look forward to your 'hi' and 'bye' every day because they remind me that I am someone. By not hearing your farewell today, I knew something had happened. That's why I was searching everywhere for you."
As I said, simple acts of connection can be the difference between life and death. Everybody needs to be reminded that they are someone! That they are not invisible; that they matter to someone else!
As Thanksgiving approaches I am thankful for EVERY “somebody” in my life, including you! In those moments when I get caught up in to do lists and “stirring pots” I hope you will forgive me. Hi, I’m Kevin. I’m a recovering To-Do List Ninja. And I see you. Thanks for being somebody in my life. Do you have any “somebody’s” in your life with whom you need to reconnect today?
For The Only Cause That Matters,