It’s All in the Eyes

December 27, 2010 - My Eye

It was just a typical staff meeting.  My staff members were beginning to file in and take a seat.  I was up and around welcoming everyone.

One of my staff members comes through the door with her bag slung over her shoulder.  She is a person whom I’ve known to always be on top of things.  She also kept her emotions very close to the vest, especially around me.  We never really connected much on an emotional level, and it was mostly business between the two of us.  This wasn’t much different, but what was different was in her eyes…


Small moments are what make up our lives.  They happen every day.  A wink, a smile, a pat on the back.  Sometimes, if another person is involved, they may not even know they made your day.

I derive a lot of my joy in my life from other people.  If others are enjoying themselves, I generally do too.  I stay pretty even keeled.  There aren’t many highs or lows.  When others experience the highs, though, I love it.  It makes it even more special when it was from something that I did.

At the end of every year, the professional staff in our office brainstorm some staff members who we would nominate for various awards.  We nominated some of my staff members who I then wrote recommendations for.

Now, back to the Eyes


She said “Thank You!” and then explained that she was thankful that I had nominated her.  The thing that struck me was that this was genuine.  This was not a phony show of thanks.  She was teary eyed.  We hugged, but those eyes told me everything that I needed to know.  She really was thankful and happy that I had nominated her.

To anyone else, this might not have seemed like more than just a small show of thanks, but to me it meant much more.

She ended up winning the award that I nominated her for.

Note: This is my response to the #reverb10 prompt for December 27. #reverb10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is: “Ordinary Joy.  Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments.  What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?

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