I just returned from a wonderful road trip from Des Moines to Boulder, Colorado. The occasion was to celebrate my friend Robin’s birthday and as part of our itinerary we made a stop to see Brigitte Mars. Brigitte is a well-known herbalist and author of over a dozen books on topics ranging from raw foods to herbal tea to sexuality, and she does private health consultations from her home in Boulder.
Well, let me tell you the time with Brigitte was worth the entire trip itself. In her YouTube® videos and the times I have seen her speak publicly, she comes across as knowledgeable yet sincere and compassionate. In person Brigitte is even more impressive, and you just know she is 100% engaged and passionate about her work. She’s a fountain of information, which she delivers in a no-nonsense fashion. After the session I was even more of a fan than I was before, and so I took the time to drop her a note after our return to thank her for the work she does. Well, guess what? That very same day I myself got a note—from someone I have never met—commenting to me on my work! My supporter, Steffanie, is a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) where I went to school, and she was writing to comment about the client coaching session that appears on the Fork in the Road website. She said, in part:
“I saw that you had video taped an intake session and because we are just working on this at school, I put a link to your page on the IIN (internal) Forums because there are lots of scared students not feeling confident. Your session is wonderful and such a blessing to all of us who are wanting to know how to ‘do it right.’ Thanks for adding that to your website, it was very thoughtful.”
So I’ve been thinking today about feedback and how little effort it actually takes to say something sincere to someone that can have so much value and meaning. And when I say it holds meaning to give a compliment or say thank you, I mean really for both parties: the giver and the receiver. As much as I got joy from hearing from Steffanie, I got equal joy from telling Brigitte what an honor it is to be a part of her circle.
I hope you are inspired after reading this to reach out—in whatever way fits for you—to express appreciation to someone else. I promise you’ll bring two parties (one being you) joy in the process.