Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's an amazing thing

Price-tags for the last three days of insane working on a massive payroll implementation:

Dunkin' Donuts for twenty fellow team mates: $18.31

Parking the car at Union Station the last three days, because there was no way we were going to get out of the office in time to catch the last train to Pullman at 12:50 AM: $55.00

Getting a chicken caesar salad from the cafe' downstairs, instead of having free pizza with the team for the third time in three meals: $8.95

Walking with my boss to her car at 2:45 Wednesday morning, and hearing her say, "I'm so glad your path and ours crossed, Steve - because I don't know how we would have gotten through this week without you": priceless.

I'm too tired to even add up my hours over the last three days, so I'm just going to bed. Hugs, y'all...

10 comments:

Poor Mad Peter said...

"Someone just smiled on you, man."

--David Crosby, as Chester, on The John Laroquette Show

Michael said...

And how cool is that?!

rkxqva -- unexpected and gratifying kindness

AnotherLostAngel said...

blessings can be challenges, and challenges can be blessings...

sleep tight, rambler.

peter

Jonathan said...

sleep tight!

Im A Foto Nut said...

I love warm fuzzies like that!

~m2~ said...

you rock, bro -- it is so cool when it is acknowledged and affirmed by the boss lady :)

i have been crazed all week, but always read you on my bloglines and have been keeping you in prayer. hopefully by the time you read this (i am late to every par-tay), you will be rested and refreshed....

Tom Scharbach said...

I'm just catching up, Steve, but I'm delighted for you.

Having others value us for the many unextraordinary things we do -- like working through a crunch, crunching numbers -- is somehow much more satisfying and life-giving than having others value us for the few extraordinary things we do. I suspect that is because we understand that being valued for the extraordinary things tricks us into believing that it is only for the extraordinary things we do that we should be valued -- being faster, smarter, better.

God obviously loves ordinary folks, since he made so many of us. And I think God obviously loves having us do ordinary things, too, because so much of what we do is ordinary.

Anyway, it sounds like you've landed in a sweet spot right now, a place where you can shed the illusion that you have to be extraordinary and do extraordinary things to have value and be valued. Enjoy the sweet spot, and take the time to live in the ordinary, and breath deep.

wilsonian said...

And 'priceless' describes you as well...

Hope said...

I'm with wilsonian on this one. Hope you got some good rest. God bless you.

Deanne said...

"I'm so glad your path and ours crossed, Steve..."

I think those of us who read your blog would say the same thing. And I'm so glad the job is going well!!