Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me.
This round: Simon Banks
I met Simon while I was taking the ORSC Intelligence and Geography courses in Toronto earlier this month. We spent 3 days in course one and then another 3 days in course 2 over the span of a week.
Determining this month’s appreciation post was super simple for me. There are just some people that you gel with and become instantly grateful for your paths crossing. In this case, I want to be fairly specific on some of the numerous ways I’m extremely appreciative of Simon:
- He made me feel like we were in this together. From little things of making me sit next to him again, for inviting me to lunch, for wanting to my buddy on numerous exercises, etc.
- He did little things that were above and beyond. I started having a bad cough by the second course. Simon was constantly checking in on whether I needed anything or how I was feeling. He even brought back yummy cookies for me!
- He gave me a space to explore the concepts. We truly made some of the discussions are own and as a result I got so much more from the process. Sometimes I struggled to dive and sometimes he did – which then just made us explore the one side further – and often wider.
- He kept me sane. I have to be laughing. It’s just who I am and when you find someone that laughs just as much – well, it’s wonderful. We laughed numerous times until we cried. We mocked ourselves. We challenged ourselves with a smile. We had fun.
So thank you Simon, for randomly sitting next to me and getting to be my assigned buddy. It doesn’t always work but this go around…I hit the buddy jackpot. Until next my friend!
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