- Mahatma Gandhi
For many people, times are stressful. Resources (of ALL types) are stretched. Depending on your circumstances, it may possibly be the most inconvenient time EVER for you to serve someone else.
...but it might just be the most important time, too, and maybe even the most impactful.
I want to share a short, personal, story with you and then some Color Code based lessons we can learn from it.
Several months ago, my son had his birthday party at a rock-climbing gym. Before he and his 12 closest friends were turned loose on all of the climbing walls, they received instruction from a coach (we'll call her "Sarah") who had recently moved to Hawaii from Texas.
My wife and I spent some time getting to know her story once the party started. We asked her a lot of the "usual" questions -- why she had moved to Hawaii, what she thinks about it, and what she misses the most.
Sometime during the conversation, she mentioned the high cost of groceries in Hawaii and how she had to cut back on some of the things she loved to eat.
"Bell peppers!" she said, "I miss being able to buy fresh bell peppers like I used to".
It was a passing comment - not a big deal - and soon enough, the conversation took another direction.
After the party ended, we thanked her for her help and set out to run some errands. Our first stop was Costco. While we were there, my wife said to me, "let's pick up some bell peppers for Sarah to thank her for her help today," which we did.
After we finished shopping, we drove back to the gym and presented Sarah with the bell peppers. Her response was unforgettable to me as tears of gratitude rolled down her face. She said that she had been having a hard time lately and that the gift really made her day.
She was lifted by my wife's thoughtful gesture, and our kids talked excitedly about how good it feels to help others.
DISCLAIMER: This story is not about me, and I really don't deserve much credit. My RED wife saw the opportunity and made it happen.
Color Code Lessons:
Can you imagine the impact we would have on our workplaces, our families, and the world, if we just took 2 minutes a day to get outside of our own heads and serve someone else?
We only have to do 3 simple things:
I challenge all of us to give service a try. In the act of lifting others, everybody wins.
Very best of living,
VP of Training for Color Code
Founder of Color Code Classroom
Jeremy has worked with top-level executives all over the country and internationally as an expert speaker and seasoned consultant/trainer specializing in creating bottom-line success through the concepts of MOTIVE, EQ Development, Team Building, Sales Effectiveness, and other specialized areas of Interpersonal Dynamics.
His client list includes reputable organizations such as Microsoft, Kroger, Allstate Insurance, Louisville Slugger, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, Wachovia, Whitbread, and the US Federal Government.
If you have personally experienced the power of the Color Code and would like to bring it to your organization – or even to your personal clients – it’s time to take the next step by becoming a Certified Color Code Trainer!