A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
The week only got worse for Adam, following the berating he took from Sarah Monday morning. Every day, she was on his case about something. On Tuesday, it was message passing. Wednesday, he couldn’t do anything right. By the time Friday rolled around, he felt something he had never felt before about his job – dread.
The thought of Monday made him want to quit. “What happened?” he asked himself. “Is it me? Is she not telling me something?”
Attempting to calm his nerves, he kept telling himself it was just an off week for Sarah and everything would be fine. All would be back to normal next week.
But it wasn’t. And things weren’t the same the next week or even the next.
After nearly a month of agonizingly tense days with Sarah, he started looking for another job. However, he wasn’t quite ready to quit just yet. He still had faith Sarah would come around and return to the caring, smiling boss he had grown to respect and look up to.
Adam’s parents divorced when he was 17. He watched their marriage slowly dissolve until all that was left was frustration and hatred. He suspected something similar might be occurring with Sarah and her husband.
Adam had only met Mark once when he popped into the office and just as quickly departed. He didn’t even speak to anyone. That was 8 months ago. Adam found it strange the only times Sarah even mentioned him were when he “messed up” or the one time he overheard her arguing with him on the phone about having to cancel their vacation to Europe. She seemed to just shrug if off though.
At the time, he thought it was just normal ups and downs all married couples go through. He now had his doubts. He had seen this before.
For some reason, he felt like he could and should do something to help her. Anything. And he shouldn’t wait until the next day. “In fact,” he told himself, “I’m going to make it a point to do something to make her life easier every day.”
It didn’t matter that she was his boss. She was also his friend.
That day, before leaving for the evening, he placed a hand-written note on her desk that read:
Just wanted to say thanks for hiring me. You’re a great boss and a better person. See you tomorrow.
That was the turning point.
For part 1 of this story, read “Mark and the farmer,” and for part 2, read “Where are those stupid notes?”
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