A few weeks ago, I was walking down a hallway at work and I noticed one of my coworkers just standing at the other end. As I approached her, I noticed she was staring at the floor with her head down. "Hey Kathy," I called out to her. In a startled manner she jumped up and said "oh hi Ken!" She immediately extended both of her arms out for a hug- this lady never hugs anybody! We exchanged a few words and went on about our day.
Finally, five o'clock hit and I was off of work! I decided to exit the building using the exterior stairway. As I descended the stairs, I could hear sniffling and faint whimpers. Kathy was sitting on a bench at the base of the stairs, hiding her apparent sorrow. I purposely took heavy steps, on my down the metal stairs, to catch her attention. Without looking at me, she quickly wiped her eyes and asked me to unlock the building for her as she didn't have her keys. As soon as I opened the door, she said good night while quickly dashing into the building. It really bothered me to see someone in pain so I had to do something to make her feel better.
The next day, I went to a chocolate store during my lunch break. What better way to make someone feel better than with a chocolate-covered apple right?! Well it wasn't just any chocolate-covered apple, it was a chocolate cheesecake-covered apple to be more precise! I purchased the treat and quickly headed back. Once I returned to the office, I printed a quote. The quote had a picture of a little girl holding an umbrella while standing in the rain. The quote read "Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now but it can't rain forever." I made my way down the hall only to find Kathy had her office door closed. Even better, I thought to myself! I neatly folded the quote, placed it at the foot of the door, and cautiously laid the apple on top! I made sure nobody noticed me as I quickly made my way back to my office.
Later in the day, I noticed her door was open and the items were gone- she received her gift! To this day, nobody at work knows who left the present at Kathy's door. I didn't care to receive any special recognition for it and I still don't know what made her feel down; I just simply just wanted to brighten her day. :)
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."- The Teaching of Buddha