There are only a handful of inspirational people in life who I consider to be some of the greatest people I know. This post is about one of those people. People like this inspire me, along with a countless number of other people in their lives. I decided to write this as a way for me to share some gratitude and appreciation, but also for a great way to provide inspiration for others. This post is for Amy.
Sometimes we have the distinct pleasure of dealing with truly inspirational people. People who don’t back down no matter what obstacles life throws their way. People who continue to march on and take care of other people, always putting others ahead of themselves. I had the opportunity to work with a wonderful person like this. Her name was Amy, and here’s what is so great about her.
She always knew what to do. It didn’t matter what we were faced with. At work, home, and anywhere else, she was one of those people who always had an answer. Of course, she’d carefully think it through and help you get to an answer yourself with wonderful leading questions, but she’d always help you feel better about a situation. Amy taught me to listen carefully to people. Listen to their words, look at their faces, look into their eyes.
We need to truly hear and understand people to know what they are going through.
People counted on Amy, and she was always there. It didn’t matter what was going on at home, it didn’t come to work. I didn’t spend a lot of time with her in her home, but I can only imagine the reciprocal was true as well. She knew to check her trouble at the door. She knew people counted on her and she needed to be present for those people.
It is important to make sure we are taking care of ourselves so we can help take care of other people as well.
Amy forgave people when they made mistakes. In fact, I vented about somebody close to her and it made its way back to Amy. Sure, they were words of frustration, but they weren’t the kindest of words. After not talking for a short period, she forgave me as if it never happened. Amy knew that words were only that and that we all say things out of frustration and anger. When I tried to apologize to her she said, “I know. There’s no need to rehash that.” She had moved on. She had forgiven. She had been a better person than I would have ever dreamed of being if I were in her shoes.
It’s important to forgive, even though we shouldn’t always forget (as it can lead to people mistreating you over and over).
Amy was kind, soft, and tough when she needed to be. You know those people who you just don’t mess with? They are nice as can be but don’t kick the beehive. “Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness” definitely comes into play. Fair, just, kind, but stern. She was my boss for a time and had a way of telling me when I was making a mistake. A way that would softly and sternly tell me I shouldn’t do what I was contemplating, it wouldn’t be in my best interests. It resonated. I try to help people reach those similar decisions today. It is possible to be kind and firm. It is possible to be relaxed and super achievers. Don’t think you need to step on people to get to the top. You do not.
Those are only a few of the reasons why Amy was great. There are only a few great inspirational people in the world like her, in my opinion. We went from working together a fair amount to speaking on occasion when she moved away. That doesn’t matter because we never said goodbye. We said we’d see each other soon. And we do, whenever soon comes around. At the end of the day, I know that if I needed Amy she’d be there for me. I believe she knows that if she needed me I’d be there for her.
We should always be there for other people because we are needed more than we think. We can all be inspirational people if we try.