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As I went for a walk yesterday my eyes took notice of a simple block of wood lying among some weeds. Memories raced through my head of a piece of wood similar in size, 7″x4″x3″, that was placed beneath my feet in my 5th grade classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Underhill, had noticed my feet dangling about 3″ above the floor each day as I sat in class. Not just any teacher would have sought a solution for a problem that could have easily been overlooked. She was not that kind of teacher.
I’ll never forget her act of kindness and devotion. It sent several messages to me as a ten-year old. I was important and I mattered to her. She noticed my need to be comfortable and to have correct posture while reading and writing. Mrs. Underhill wanted to do her best to help me be successful in the school. She taught more than reading, writing, math, and English. Her example taught me that a simple act of kindness can make a difference over a lifetime.
Being intentional in noticing the needs of others takes the focus off of self and demonstrates kindness and respect for individual differences. I want to be the kind of leader that is attentive to the needs of those around me; be that block of wood under someone else’s feet.
Being a member of a Toastmasters Club provides me with opportunities to help others maximize their potential in life and pay forward this lesson on serving and observing the needs of others.
In Daniel Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, the author Continue reading