The Little Things Do Count

This gem was sent to me this morning by one of my mentors. It is amazing sometimes how we receive a message just when we need it most. I hope the timing is as good for you as it is for me.

THE LITTLE THINGS DO COUNT 

by Amy Taylor –  Published in Lafayette Journal and Courier

A few years ago, I drove to Indy for a yoga class with a teacher who was receiving a lot of national press.  It was Spring break for the university down the street so class was unusually quiet.
In fact, I was the only student who showed up.
I figured I’d just squandered my gas money.  Surely, the teacher would cancel and get back to doing whatever famous yoga teachers do.
Nope.
Instead, she taught an amazing lesson, full of one-to-one guidance.  The session was scheduled to last for an hour and a half; I was there for over two.  I’ll ever forget it.
Later, I heard this teacher share one of her guiding philosophies.
“How you do one thing is how you do everything.”
So…as a teacher, the way I treat one student matters as much as the way I treat a roomful.  How I respond to the student who arrives early and wants to chat counts as much as the way I behave after class begins. The way I treat my child’s mischievous playmate matters as much as the way I treat the charming one.  How I treat the teacher who thinks my child has room for improvement matters as much as the way I treat the one who wants to clone him.
You get the idea.
Of course, we all have bad days as well as certain people who just make us cringe. But we’ve all had the experience of being treated like garbage too.  And then it doesn’t matter if that person has devoted her life to helping others.  All we remember is the way she made us feel.
That teacher taught me a valuable lesson by welcoming rather than turning me away.  Now, if I have a class where only one student shows up, it never occurs me to cancel. You teach those who come.  And, as it turns out, the classes with one or two students often linger in my memory.  They tend to be more intimate and meaningful.
So, embrace the lone guest and the small group. Our worth isn’t measured by our capacity to fill a stadium but, rather, how we respond to whatever each moment, and individual, presents.
I used to be concerned when I met with someone that I said all the right things, appeared smart… over time I have come to realize that the most important part is how they feel about the time we spend together.
– Monica

For more tips and reflections from Amy Taylor visit her blog at jconline.com
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