Friday, October 14, 2005

Mash Note

On his way out of HQ yesterday, an older gentleman handed me the following note. It was photocopied onto a small slip of paper; clearly he had decided to hand a number of these notes out. I was honored to have received one.

"Dear Friend,

I have had the privilege of working in the Louisiana Headquarters for Disaster Mental Health Services (DMHS) in Baton Rouge during October, 2005.

Among the hundreds of people I have encountered during my service time, you made an impression on me. Through your smiles, thoughtfulness, and helpfulness, doing what it is you do, you became the face of the American Red Cross for at least this volunteer...I could not have been effective in carrying out my responsibilities without the aid and assistance you personally provided to me.

Thank you for what you have done for the ARC and the people of Louisiana and for helping me maintain my mental health while I shared the experience with you.

-R. Telsch
Virginia"

So thank you, Mr. Telsch, for reinforcing my belief that it matters not at all what one's job is; for as long as the job is done with kindness and humor it can make the world just a little nicer place.

1 comment:

  1. WHAT A WONDERFUL NOTE TO LEAVE TO SOMEONE. IT JUST MAKES YOUR DAY. MAYBE YEAR IT REMINDS ME OF A POEM THAT I HAVE REMEMBERED SINCE CHILDHOOD. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE MAY 1947 ISSUE OF PLAYMATE MAGAZINE. HERE IT IS:

    THIS LEARNED I,
    FROM THE SHADOW OF A TREE
    WHICH, TO AND FRO
    DID SWAY UPON A WALL

    OUR INFLUENCE,
    OUR SHADOW SELVES,
    MAY FALL
    WHERE WE CAN NEVER BE

    CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH SEAN AND LOUISE. YOU DESERVE IT.

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