by: The Memo Staff
Remember the first few days or weeks (or months) at a new job? If you were lucky, that was the time that you'd get trained on the ins and outs of your role. If you weren't so lucky, you'd be left to fend for yourself and learn as you went.
Sometimes, your new boss wouldn't have the time or the specific know-how to train you, so you'd get trained by a colleague (or a few colleagues). These people were the unsung heroes. They weren't hired to be trainers, but nonetheless you'd sit with notepad in hand writing down their wisdom.
Not only would she teach you the specific steps to accomplish a particular task, but Tammy in the cubicle next to you would also tell you who to look out for, where the best restaurants were nearby, and the secrets to working effectively to start off on the right foot.
We are grateful for those colleagues who took the time out of their work day to train us, to mentor us, or to cheer for us, even though none of those things were in their job descriptions. We are so grateful!
Here are four quotes from women of color about gratitude that spoke to us:
- " 'Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.”
-Alice Walker, Writer & Activist
- ”Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul & Philanthropist
- “I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.”
-Maya Angelou, Author & Poet
- “Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion.”
-Mindy Kaling, Actor & Author
This is a short week for many of us as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We wish you a wonderful holiday with friends, family, and loved ones.
(And we hope that the mac & cheese is not left to an amateur!)