Life lessons come in many shapes, sizes and situations and mostly when we’re open to learning them.
One recent Saturday dished up some pretty good ones, each served by a couple of unlikely messengers—my coworker’s sons, Dylan and Trevor, ages eight and five. She and the guys showed up to help with some serious office cleaning and straightening.
Now I don’t hang with kids much, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Because I follow their comings and goings pretty much on a daily basis, I knew that her sons are (1) all boy, (2) very polite and (3) extremely smart. I figured I was in for either a real treat or a pretty long day.
The workday began with lunch and a detailed movie review of the new Dreamworks film “How to Train Your Dragon” that they’d seen a few days before. I was struck that these guys were using complete sentences that logically developed from one thought to the next. I was still learning to tie my shoes at the age of seven. At five, I was sticking my head in chimneys and who knows what else…
Then it was on to the work of the day: packing, shredding, and boxing stuff—all of which was punctuated with lots of questions, laughter and, well, did I mention questions? Bunches of them.
It was a quick 2-1/2 hours. While driving home, I found myself laughing out loud at the time we spent together. There were lessons here. I counted six. Call them Lessons from Dylan and Trevor:
- Expect good from everyone you meet.
- Think of work as a joy because it can be if you let it.
- Tell stories about what you like to do as it makes living more fun.
- Say “Yes” when asked if you want to do something—even if you don’t really understand what it is.
- Thank people, even if the gift they give you is small.
- And, finally, love each other, because it makes everything better.