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What Resonated This Week: The Power of Post-it® Notes

November 12, 2015

 

This is the sixth installment of "What Resonated This Week," where I share my observations around a common theme or topic that made an impact on me, and hopefully will be a catalyst for conversation and further discussion.

 

For the last five weeks I've published posts about what's resonated with me. Connecting the dots was the initial theme, followed by the idea that you need to customize your message and be mindful of your audience. After that I wrote about finding the courage to ask for help and the power of "Coffee Talk" and connecting in person. My last post was about hidden benefits of road trips.

 

This week I'm grateful for Post-it® notes. Or more specifically, notes written on Post-its®.

 

Tuesday was a good morning.

 

Especially compared to Monday night.

 

Which is saying a lot considering how things have been at our house lately.

 

I hate it when people I care about are hurting. I want to Green Mile away their pain; absorb it until they're free from worry and sadness. Especially when that someone in question is a child.  Our youngest daughter.

 

But unexpected, temporary relief came this week in the form of a note written on a Post-it®. Actually, many notes on many Post-its®. (See photo above.) Written by another child. Our eldest daughter.

 

The simple act of writing affirmations, encouraging words, and reminders of loving support on those sticky notes was enough to break through the overwhelming fog of despair and produce a rarity these days: a genuine smile of happiness.

 

It's amazing how easy it is to brighten someone's day with a quick jot of pen to paper.

 

Your kind words — and the sincere gesture of making sure they're known — can make all the difference.

 

When was the last time you wrote someone a note to let them know you were thinking of them? There are many ways to do this:

  • Slip a loving message into your partner's suitcase before a business trip.

  • Surprise your child by including a napkin note in her lunch bag.

  • Send a handwritten thank you to a client or colleague that helped you.

  • Comment on a LinkedIn post that had an impact on you. (We could all learn a thing or two from Deb Helfrich on this matter.)

  • Leave a sticky note on the mirror to remind someone they're not alone.

 

Or do all of these things. Just because.

 

I guarantee they won't go unnoticed.

 

So, what resonated with you this week?

 

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