For the past five years (approximately five), I have kept a basket on my desk at work that looks a lot like this one. At any given time, there are probably 12-15 different types of chocolates in there. For those who aren’t into chocolate, I also keep mini Twizzlers, Life Savers, and Jolly Ranchers too.
I began doing this one year around Halloween. It was such a big hit, I continued to keep my basket filled year-round. Some people have asked me how expensive it is. Well, I have always been the type of person who believes the ends always justifies the means. Let me explain what I mean by that.
This tradition has served three purposes. Number one, several people drop by for a quick pick-me-up, much like all the coffee drinkers who reach for their cup of java. The chocolate-sugar rush is just the thing they need to get them through the day. I bet you know how a little chocolate or a little sugar, can do wonders to lift you up. There are people who adore this little treat just a few steps from their desks. My reputation spreads too, for there are a few folks who come large distances, from the other end of the office, to get a piece, and that’s okay with me. That’s one purpose this serves, to treat folks to something small to lift them up. Second, some people who stop by for that pick-me-up will use it as an opportunity to have a counseling session about a problem they might have with a coworker or their boss or someone in another office of some ongoing problem they’re having at home – or all of the above. They drop in for some chocolate, but then they begin discussing the thing or things stressing them out. Empathic listening, embracing emotionally intelligent responses helps them leave feeling a lot better. The 10 years I spent volunteering on a crisis intervention hotline in Washington, DC helped me hone up on those listening skills. There is a third purpose, and it’s selfish. It gives me an enormously good feeling to know I can brighten someone’s day. This trend has served to help people I might otherwise never have met. One lady brought a buddy with her one day, someone I had seen here and there, said good morning in passing, but never knew by name.
When I began this candy tradition, I only did it to fulfill a superficial whim some people may have to indulge in a little treat. I never thought that it would also be an opportunity to benefit someone who might be in distress. It just proves how you never know when you can be a blessing to someone, and even the smallest of things can bless them. So, is it expensive? All things considered, no. Not at all. A few random people will leave $1 or $2 or $5 on my desk to help defray the costs, and that’s appreciated but not necessary. I love being in a position to brighten someone’s day, especially when I get nothing at all in return – other than seeing them leave with a smile on their face. So as I said earlier, the ends justify the means.
So, let that be a lesson to you boys and girls. Never underestimate the impact you have on others. Your efforts can truly be immeasurable, even the seemingly small ones. Never miss an opportunity to be somebody’s blessing. Be a blessing to be blessed.