Yesterday was Administrative Professionals Day. Did you do anything for your staff or were you treated to something special? As a way of saying “thank you” for all my staff’s hard work and helping make my job a little bit easier there were several treats arranged for them throughout the day. One of them included a delivery of beautiful flowers. My regular florist couldn’t deliver to the office as early in the morning as I had hoped and I did not want them delivered a day before. I opted to reschedule some dinner plans in order to pick up the flowers myself the night before. I’ve used my florist for many years and when they heard of my dilemma, they offered to make a special arrangement for me to stop by after normal business hours to pick up the floral arrangements myself. It was a wonderful gesture, an act of kindness, and fabulous customer service….which reminded me of the many reasons I continue to be a loyal customer. When I got home I carefully unloaded the flowers only to have to reload them in the morning. I also got up extra early yesterday morning to allow time to pick up some breakfast treats and get into the office before anyone else. I wanted to make sure each arrangement was placed perfectly on the recipients desk so they had a pretty surprise to look at first thing when they walked into the office. What they didn’t know about was all the behind the scenes activity that took place to make it all happen. Hopefully, I made it look effortless.
To put it simple: “Treat others as you would want to be treated”. Words to live by. If you search the internet you can find countless quotes about kindness. Here are just a few that I wanted to highlight for you today.
Kindness is more than deeds, it is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person. –Plato
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. –Kahlil Gibran
Kindness. One of the greatest gifts you can bestow upon another. If someone is in need, lend them a helping hand. Do not wait for a thank you. True kindness lies within the act of giving without the expectation of something in return.
Kindness is behaving in a way that makes people feel good when they are around you.
I couldn’t end this post without specifically mentioning my florist, White House Flowers. I couldn’t have pulled this off without their assistance. The owner, Mary, and her assistant Fernando always take great care of me and always remember my preferences.
If you are in need of a florist in Southern California, then definitely give them a try. They really care about their customers, provide the freshest flowers and offer great customer service. Don’t forget to tell them I sent you!
White House Flowers
9855 Flower Street.
Bellflower, California 90706-5408
Phone: (562) 925-1238