Five thoughtful Friday links

Once upon a time there was a wise person who said the following to me:

Allan, when you arrive as a teacher at a new school, make sure to keep good friends with the janitor and the secretary. Then everything will slide much easier.

These are some words that quite often pop up when I land new places in different contexts. A flashback recalls a situation at a publishing house in Aarhus, where my good friend, Joachim, and I were to present teaching material for the subject German. When we landed at the publisher’s front office, a man came over and said nice dav, and asked if we just wanted a cup of coffee.

We said yes thank you for that, and in two minutes we sat down with a nice cup of hot coffee. 5 minutes later the publishing editor came and the meeting could begin. Everything went well, and as we neared the end of the meeting, we just had to get a handle on the man who was offering coffee. Was he publishing director, editor or partner?

It really is Carsten. He is our caretaker and we can not do without him at all. He handles all tasks here in the office, so you must not kidnap him.

Subsequently, I have tried to take great pride in being kind to all the people I encounter along the way in my life. I know someone tends to look down on service workers a bit, and they have to. In my world, I feel best when I recognize all the people around me.

Spread kindness

Kindness does not cost a shit, and if you compliment the people around you, you will find that they smile back and feel recognized. Recognition can do something. The other day I met a lawyer who lives in the neighboring building. He just got a new car: a Porsche of the evil kind.

When he happened to be driving when I arrived, I had to stop and express my admiration for the beautiful Porsche. In fact, I said it was the prettiest Porsche I had seen in a long time. He was shocked. A little surprised, I think. But he said thank you very much for the nice words, and in a parenthesis he mentioned that he was happy with it too.

So acknowledge the people around you. Remember to praise your mother for her way of being. And all the others you are surrounded by. First, you get better at yourself, and then you will meet mutual kindness. Maybe not in the moment, but sooner or later…

It’s Friday, and today we’re going a little far. On a flight, looking at medicine, on a stroll, on house hunting as well as screenshot tools. Do you need data on a specific home in Denmark? Good luck, I’m just saying Do you need to present a website in a different way? So try this free online tool. Yes, Spooky! A useful tool if you need knowledge of certain types of medicine.

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