Like so many, my department is split between two floors. The office building has an elevator, of course, but most people just run up and down the stairs between meetings. Of course, not all of us can so easily handle a flight of stairs. I’m still in between on that – some days I can, some days I can’t.
The other day, a coworker and I were headed to a meeting upstairs. We walked out the main door, into the hallway, my coworker in the lead. As she reached the stairs, she turned back and asked if I could take the stairs, or if I’d prefer the elevator. I was amazed. Sure, I’ve worked there for a while, but people forget all the time. This simple gesture of thoughtfulness meant so much. She actually took a moment to think about the fact that I might not be able to walk up those stairs, and was going to adjust her pattern to meet my needs. I truly believe that if everyone could do that from time to time, the world would be a better, happier place. Until then, let’s at least thank the thoughtful people who go out of their way to think of us in large and small ways.