While visiting Toronto for a week of certification with Frame of Mind Coaching, I was limited in my communication with my girlfriend, Amanda. Being outside of the U.S., I wasn’t able to use my phone for calls, and I had to be connected to WiFi for text messaging. Amanda and I spoke using Google Hangout at night.
In the weeks leading up to certification, Amanda and I celebrated her birthday and Christmas together – our first time as a couple having dated for close to a year. I gave Amanda two gifts: a bag and tickets to see Wicked on Broadway. She loved them and I gave myself a pat on the back for picking out two great gifts.
A few days into my Toronto trip, all of the coaches were eating lunch in the hotel lobby and learning about each other. We were all laughing, sharing, and entertaining each other over some fine Toronto cuisine. I got a text from my girlfriend saying she was sick and had stayed home from work that day.
Who would have thought that at very lunch I would learn one of the biggest lessons of my life from a Canadian friend I had met that week?
I mentioned that Amanda was sick and my friend and fellow coach Jonathan made a suggestion to surprise Amanda with an order of soup sent to her house. It was a great suggestion.
I went on my Seamless App on my iPhone and placed the order for two soups and Amanda’s favorite wrap.
It wasn’t long before I got a text from Amanda asking if I had accidentally ordered myself lunch to her apartment. She soon realized what was going on. In our conversation later that evening, Amanda surprised the hell out of me by saying.
“That was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me!”
Wow. I was amazed. What a little soup could do!
When it comes to relationships, it’s the little things that make all of the difference. The touching gestures like buying soup for a loved one really demonstrate that we care. Often, it’s the little things that really touch those around us; proving to the people that matter most to us that they are top of mind. Amanda was grateful for the gifts I bought her for her birthday and Christmas, but she was deeply stirred by the kindness of sending soup.
What little things can you do that will make a difference in your relationships?
Contributed by Business, Career and Life Coach, Frank Furbacher