I started a new job a few weeks ago. With my stomach in knots and wondering if I made a good career move, I walked into my new office (well, cubicle) on April 2nd. I've always been a people person, so I've never had problems striking up a conversation with a complete stranger. Still, I was nervous about making a good first impression.
There were five of us in training, and one day over lunch we were talking about who we were, where we were from, and what we did for fun. Ya know, those "getting to know you conversations"! I never want to come off as being pushy about organ donation, but I am SO passionate about it! Ever since one of my childhood friends passed away and was an organ donor, I've become an advocate for this great cause.
Well, we were sitting there, getting to know each other, and I brought up the story of why I'm so excited about educating and inspiring people to become organ donors. I never know if I leave a lasting impression, and if I truly inspire someone to decide to give the gift of life. But this morning, I got a little note from my coworkers:
"Through talking with you I struck up a conversation with my dad (we NEVER talk about stuff like this), and learned that he wants to be cremated. So, I think I might talk to him more about getting registered."
This made my day!! I know it’s just a small note, and might not mean much to a lot of people, but to me, I just helped change the world. If only each one of us can inspire one person, and that one person reaches out to another, and that person reaches out to another…we will see what amazing things can happen, one person at a time!!