Do you ever feel like an imposter at your job, just scraping by, hoping people don’t notice? I have read that the feeling is very common even among people who are highly skilled and competent. Of course knowing that it is common doesn’t help when it is you who feel like the job police (management) are going to show up any day and put you in a more fitting (lower paid) position, or even worse. Of course there are times I think I am doing a super job, but there are other times those feelings creep in.
Last week a got a few kudos out of the blue, like a note to my manger from someone saying that they like working with me or a note from my third level manager thanking me for going the extra mile. These were for a variety of things that were totally unrelated, so just a coincidence that several showed up in one week. It’s always nice things to see good words. Maybe I’m doing a pretty good job after all ;)
That is my smile this week, several notes from co-workers and managers giving me kudos for the work I was doing.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)
“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”