While I am certain he didn't see is as an act of kindness, just professionalism, a young man on my team (he is 28ish?) did something for me yesterday which blew me away. He had an early meeting in which a deal opportunity was discussed. It sounded very similar to an opportunity to a deal I have been working hard to land so, he called me to make sure he was not stepping on my toes or perhaps, maybe they were two different deals which simply sounded similar. Before I answered his inquiry, I told him that in the past 25 years, about ZERO PERCENT
of the time, has a male colleague behaved in this manner. Instead, we would get in a pissing match over the deal. This young fella could not believe (a) men acted like that and (b) men had the balls to act like towards me!
FWIW, they are two different deals. As for paying things forward, I do my best to assist the junior people on my team at work. But that of course, is also simply, professionalism.
Three easy miles today. I am feeling beat-up and am glad this weekend is an easy weekend since my race is a week away. Weekend plans include an early 10-12 miler as the boy has a 9:15 basketball game. Sunday is "Senior Sunday" at church and the services are led by the high school kids so the boy's praise band is playing. I haven't heard them all year, so I am excited about that. But, after church, the parents of the juniors (of which I am one) are hosting a lunch for the seniors and their families. I think about 140 people are expected, so that is going to suck a huge portion of my day.
I guess that is kinda a pay-it-forward scenario as other mothers will host the luncheon for us next year.
Blather update: The boy had the dance audition portion of the show choir tryouts last night. Of the nine boys (six will make it) he said two are awesome and the other seven boys, including himself, range from kinda shitty to incredibly awful dancers.
He was feeling confident as he thinks he is in the "middle range" of awful dancers, but the best singer of those boys. We shall see in a week or so.