Aside from trying to convince a room full of 18 year old school boys in Boston, that riding a Pink bicycle through the 50 states of America was ‘cool’… the most challenging brief I’ve had was to help one business see that the small acts they perform each day, as team members, and as individuals are the acts that really make the difference.
Because I often opt for grand adventures, there can be a tendency for a person to think that bigger is better, but it’s not the case at all. At that particular talk I shared stories of some of the smaller trips I’ve taken – including one of my all-time favourite adventures, which was an attempt to rollerblade 100 miles around Amsterdam. It was only a 4 day journey but it had everything that the bigger ones did. We were delayed in starting due to broken wheels, it poured with rain, we got lost, slept in bushes and my friend broke her hand on day 2. So we had a team huddle and went back to the drawing board. Over those 4 days we bonded and formed a friendship based on trust and respect. We left having learned far more about each other than we would have done if everything had gone to plan.
I also shared the stories of the small acts of kindness I have been privy to all over the world. When someone pulls over in the middle of the Nevada desert to check if I’m okay and offer me water, or a stranger buys me a cup of coffee in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. All of these acts may seem small to the giver, in fact most of them are accompanied by a ‘oh it’s nothing’ – but to me at the time – tired, exhausted, homesick – their small act means everything. And it’s those small acts that have mounted up over the years to make me believe that this world is a wonderful place full of kind hearted people just waiting for an opportunity to help someone else out.