Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an afterthought 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: Angela Wright
I have known Angela since our TechSmith days, probably starting around 2008. This appreciation is a wonderfully unexpected recent interaction.
Last month, I went to Vegas for a conference. I posted a photo on facebook that clearly indicated that I was in Vegas. I received a private message asking if I was still in Vegas and for how long. I responded quickly but I highlighted that I had only about 15 minutes between when my conference session ended and the next event. Angela didn’t blink an eye. The next thing I know she is figuring out her schedule, making the trek down the strip and showing up just when I said I had time.
We spent that time catching up and expressing gratitude for each other. In some ways, that time felt long and quick all at the same time. After she left, I just found myself almost feeling a surreal shock that someone who hadn’t worked together for many years, would go through all that trouble for such a short period of time. That I was extremely lucky for these connections and impacts that people have on each other that you don’t always give a moment to express. That making a difference for someone has no expiration date and that making time to see each other is such a simple but important gesture.
Thank you Angela for continuing to have an impact on me.
Picture from that day in Vegas