Restaurants, physicians, movies, plumbers, mattress stores.. these days you can find ratings and reviews on almost everyone and everything.
Being new to this area, I have relied on other people’s comments to help me choose a new nail salon, dry cleaner, tile store, gym ..even a favorite biking trail.
The more I have benefitted from reading reviews, the more I have written myself. I especially feel compelled to highlight great product and service and people who go above the call of duty or who are simply friendly or hard working.
Yesterday I received a hand written note from a “top dog” at the institution where my son is presently in training. This person, whom I’ve never met, wanted my husband and me to know how impressed he was with my son’s work ethic, humility, empathy and devotion to his craft.
I was floored- as was my son.
It reminded me of a note my husband received from the captain of the first ship he was attached to in the Navy. This busy commanding officer took a few minutes to pen a quick message on his official stationary just letting my husband know that he noticed how hard he was working and how glad he was to have him on his ship.
Thirty one years later, my husband still has that note tucked somewhere under his cuff-links.
Each one of us has the ability to touch lives in this manner. Maybe our positive comments lead to a raise or a promotion for some deserving person..you really never know.
One thing is for certain- recognition and a pat on the back doesn’t cost the giver a dime but to the receiver, it’s often priceless.