I came across this a while back and do not know who offered this, I did not see a name beneath this writing, but I wanted to share it because as I had said before words are powerful. Also powerful is knowing the names of the people you encounter on a daily basis. I like it when people know me by name, it gives you a sense of belonging, you are not just a mass standing in this world, but someone cared enough to learn your name.
“During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely, this was some kind of joke.
I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.
Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’.” “I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.”
We are all worthy, we all play a part in this huge world, we might not look like you think we should or act the way you deem appropriate, but one thing is certain, each and every one of us were created to be on this earth for a reason and we are all in this life together and our paths will cross someone’s path and maybe the test in life is how you will handle that?
How does it make you feel when someone knows you by name – what emotions or feelings does that stir in you?