Where you least expect it
It was time to put the Department of Practical Sunshine out into the world. Gulp.
I’d spent weeks (along with my über-talented designer/husband) poring over the copy, design, and function of my website, and I woke up excited and nervous.
As I triple-checked all of the technical aspects (links, return emails, etc.) I saw there was an error. One I had not encountered before. One that needed to be remedied before launch.
I don’t know if the opposite of unflappable is flappable, but whatever it is I was.
After checking in with myself (!) and with my peeps, I prepared to enter the Customer Support Vortex™️.
With trepidation, I logged into my GoDaddy account, clicked on the “Chat Now” button and gave a synopsis of the setting I thought was the culprit. Within moments I had received a welcome message and I decided to be transparent from the get-go:
“Please don’t worry.”
What an amazing message to receive from someone who must receive hundreds of messages like mine in a week. It was just the ray of positivity I needed to believe everything would actually be ok (and after 78 minutes of back and forth, it was)!
So along with gratitude, I wanted to offer this wish:
May we all find more opportunities to be someone’s Navpreet.*
*Being a WordNerd, I had to look up what the name Navpreet means. It means “New Love.” Ya can’t make this stuff up, people.
You can be a RAKtivist (Random Acts of Kindness Activist).
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation offers lots of inspiration. Here are a few suggestions—all free!
- Recognize the exemplary parkers of the world and leave a kind note on their windshield. “Hey, wow, you parked your car like a pro. High Five!” (If you’re worried they’ll think you’re being sarcastic, you can add the words “Random Act of Kindness” at the bottom.)
- Make an effort to learn something new about a coworker. “What book do you remember most from your childhood?”
- Praise a local business online. “Where would I be without Red Sauce Pizza?!”
- Leave a thank you note for your mail carrier. “You are truly an essential worker, thank you.”
(other) Smart People
“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”
—Lucy Larcom (poet, abolitionist, teacher)
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