Every once in a while you get to be witness to something special. A moment where another human (or group) goes incredibly above and beyond to really make the day of another….to really show they care. And even when you’re only standing on the side….it touches you….makes you step back for a minute and realize just how truly awesome people can be….and it makes you want to be a better person too. Last week – this happened to me.
See, each year around this time my colleagues and I are often (unnecessarily) overwhelmed by the generosity of our clients. To be honest, even though it’s incredibly appreciated….I always feel a bit awkward when I or any of my colleagues receive gifts from clients. I mean, I know in my heart that it’s because the client truly appreciates our efforts….but my feeling is…..hey….we’re paid fairly for our work…and even though we strive to always go above and beyond….it’s because we love what we do, and love those we do it for. (FYI – for any clients that may be reading this….you’re awesome…thank you so much for what you do….but next year we’re going to humbly request that in lieu of any gifts that may be coming our way…a donation be made so that those with less means can be scholarshiped to receive the same services you appreciate so much….our way of continuing to pay it forward!)
But this year, something incredible happened…..and a few of Santa’s Elves (some of our clients) rallied the troops to help positively influence / change a life of their trainer.
The story goes something like this…..Gina….a girl with a huge heart who gives it her all for those that she trains has been desperately trying to start a new love affair with cycling. She had already jumped into the endurance world with her first half marathon….but the cycling / triathlon world comes with many barriers to entry….most notably the ridiculous financial investment required to get the appropriate gear….
So a few of Gina’s clients got the rest of her clients together and pooled their generosity to deliver a Christmas surprise of their own….a sizeable gift certificate so that Gina could further pursue her budding new love!
It was an amazing moment…with a crowd around Gina..filled with people that truly care about her and are appreciative of her efforts on their behalf….and as she opened her gift….the emotions overwhelmed her (and me too). I couldn’t help the chills shooting down my arm….or the tightness in my throat (I know I’m a softy deep down) as I watched the spirit of the giving season fill the room.
To you and yours….Merry Christmas