"We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give"
- Winston churchill
My life changing last two months
So I thought I'd do my next blog on what has brought me to this point in my life right now. The past couple of months have been a bit of a roller coaster for me, I was doing my normal job in Liverpool city centre and suddenly I was faced with the daunting realisation that I didn't have a job anymore. Then, I find out that I was able to keep my job, but it would be working in Batley which is 3.5 hours travel everyday on the M62. What a headache!!
Of course, I was over the moon that I wasn't out of work like a lot of people in the same situation as me, but it was still a very surreal thing to experience. All these changes were happening but I had no time to mentally prepare myself for it. I just had to get on with it.
Interior Design Work Experience
Amidst all this I approached an Interior Design Company in the Liverpool area to see if they had any jobs and I managed to get myself one month’s work experience, two days a week!!
On my second day of working there (15/08/2012) my tyre burst whilst on my lunch break, it was completly flat and I didn't have a clue how to change a tyre!! What such bad luck you may say. But ... luckily it happened just next to a demolition site and a generous work man offered to change my tyre in the pouring rain. We really do need more people like this in the world. I did try and give him some money to say thanks but he said:
"I don’t want any money, I just hope that some-one would do me a favour like this one day, you know Karma and all that".
- Kevin Doyle, Sloyan and Doyle Demolition Company, Liverpool.
Give recognition for good service you receive rather than just complaining about the bad
So I sent his employer an e-mail saying:
I would like to thank your employee Kevin Doyle for his generosity in changing my flat tyre today. (adding in jest) I think you should give him a pay rise for his good deed 🙂
I received a reply from the director of the company saying:
Thank you for the note. Kevin is very obliging. Unfortunately we can’t give him a pay rise every time he helps someone out.
I found this rather amusing but hey, it was worth a try!!
It fills me with reassurance that there are actually generous people out there working for companies such as Sloyan and Doyle Demolition. If he didn’t help me out then I may have wasted a big portion of my day waiting for the AA – not so good first impressions for this Interior Design Company!! Also, if my tyre wasn’t fixed in time I probably wouldn’t have been able to make it for the blog workshop held in Manchester the following day and I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now!!
So, I really do think everything happens for a reason and I believe ‘altruistic’ behaviour from people like Kevin can help us get through this recession.
Moral of the story
Help each other out, work hard and come together as a community. I hate this ‘dog eat dog’ way of life that the recession has brought on. You never know, one good favour could lead to something big and Kevin may get his just reward one day?!
They always say ‘look after number one’ but are we being too selfish by saying this and is it really beneficial to you long term?
Would love to hear your feedback on the matter !!