I read a story this morning that touched my heart, and I wanted to share my thoughts. A professor in Nashville, Tennesee was in the middle of his class when a 2 year old toddler walked towards him. He picked the boy up and continued teaching. What could have been an embarrassing moment for the single mom who brought her son to class turned out to be what I consider a life lesson for everyone in the room. Professors Bunkowske demonstrated kindness, care and respect for the single mom and her little boy. He also sent a message to his class that a leader is a person who does the right thing in the moment and takes the big picture into consideration. Instead of focusing on why the child was present, or how the disruption may affect his presentation, he responded with compassion. One simple act got Professor Bunkowske in USA Today (I am certain that was not his goal) and people like you and me, talking about the beauty of the human spirit.
There are opportunities every day that we overlook because we are too busy, too focused and too egocentric to think beyond our personal agendas. But, isn’t our primary job to be the best version of ourselves? To teach our children, guide our employees and to demonstrate who we are to those we come in contact with daily? Our behavior speaks much louder than the volume of our voice.
Today I was reminded of the importance of kindness and how one small act can make a huge impact. Kudos Professor Bunkowske!