Today I celebrate my wonderful friend, Maureen. Well, I should say that today I celebrate ‘out loud’ (i.e., publicly) my wonderful friend, Maureen, because many a day I am grateful for our friendship and it’s abundantly delicious gifts. She makes me smile, she leads me in the direction of my heart, she helps me soar, she makes me feel good, and strong, and valued.
Plus, she’s super talented…she’s an artist, a photographer to be exact and she takes amazing shots of all sorts of things. I first fell in love with her flower photos and just had to include them in Mostly My Heart Sings (these 3 grace some of the chapter divider pages). Since then I’ve seen beautiful photos of signs, cities, animals, people, nature…recently I felt so special when she sent me a CD compilation of her photos from a trip to Germany.
Plus, we share a love of writing. I’m so excited that next week we’ll be starting Gotham’s online creative writing workshop. Ten weeks of creativity and fun together. I still smile about the day we decided to do it together and coordinated our pressing the register button so that we would get in the same workshop! I felt like I was in 7th grade. 🙂
And, she’s a strengths guru helping thousands of IBMers leverage their strengths to do great work, build great teams, and make a difference in the world. I learned a new fact today about the strengths unveiled with StrengthsFinder 2.0 in her IBM Succeed with Your Strengths blog post: The odds of you meeting someone with your same top 5 strengths, in the same order, are 33 million to one. Each of us is unique and has our own “Strengths Fingerprint.”” Cool! So she teaches me knew stuff and makes me feel oh-so-special, too. Thank you for being my BFF @work.
Do you have a Best Friend at work? Another fact I learned today from Maureen: One of Gallup’s Q-12 (employee enagagement) questions is this: I have a best friend at work. If you respond with “Strongly Agree”, then that is one of the 12 dimensions of being an engaged employee. Who knew? To get more engaged in your work, be sure to have a best friend there!