Spring visited us Sunday … balmy, humid and breezy, I was able to wear a short-sleeved shirt around the house! Feeling the warmth, I started to complain about my clothes sticking to me as I did my chores. Then I remembered that it’s been 6 months without a hoodie OVER that tee-shirt – and I stopped in my tracks. I remembered something learned in childhood:
If you complain you’ll remain; if you praise, you’ll be raised.
I’m a farmer’s daughter. The daughter of an optimist.
Next year will be better.
Now that was something he said often.
This moisture is good for the soil.
I could hear his voice as I looked at the snow this morning.
At least there’s no dust storms!
There he is again.
Transitioning to a work story, I completed employee reviews last week.
This was my second round for two of them and first time for the newest. I read through my assessments and wrote down examples of all of the good work they’re doing. We had positive, open discussions. Every one of them shared similar feedback: “This is the most thorough performance evaluation I’ve ever had, thank you for the examples.” “Thank you for the time you put into this, I appreciate the examples and knowing why you gave me the score you did.” “Thank you for all of this feedback; this really helps me understand the job better and I appreciate knowing I am doing it well.”
I’m so glad my Father taught me to praise and be raised.