Most people think I work 24/7 or close to it. But no, I do have some hobbies, and I do sleep! For example, last weekend I had the most fun I’ve had in a while.
I spent some time with a dear friend and her grandchildren along a riverbank; we were going to paddle a bit and breathe the fresh air. The kids were so amazing, eight-year-old twin girls and a three-year-old boy. To keep my hands busy is essential while I sit, so I was doing some needlepoint.
All three were fascinated by my needlework, a small project called “July angel.” It will ultimately be a gift.
They oversaw me doing this task and asked many questions about needlework and my hobbies. I answered them, explaining how adults sometimes use hobbies to calm down and relax. I told them I don’t do this all the time, just sometimes, and I am not in a hurry to finish it. “Smart,” they said, “Christmas is still far away.”
In return, I decided to ask them a few questions myself. Did they like the jewels I was to put in the angel’s hair? Did they think it was a good idea to put firework patterns on her dress? How did the various yarns feel? Which one was their favorite?
Watching the joy in these little things, I wondered how well we listen to each other. How often do we wonder about someone else’s point of view? I wondered how willing we would be to implement someone else’s suggestions.
Here are the children’s suggestions and what I will do with them:
- The children said it would be nice if the angel’s eyes would be the color of the person receiving the gift. DONE
- The children said putting firework patterns on her dress was not a good idea. DONE
- The children said that the new thread, sparkly, is a good idea and that I should use it. DONE
Of course, jewels will be in the angel’s hair as the pattern suggested.
How does this play out in your work?
- Are you asking for input?
- Are you listening and providing opportunities for others to observe and reflect on your work?
- Are you creating a better service by adding the perspectives and ideas of others?
- Do you think about the person receiving your support, and what will delight them?