Isn’t it funny how “Good Peoples” attract “Good Peoples” ???
I can quite honestly say that I work in a truly great organisation and am surrounded by a whole load of genuinely “Good Peoples” both professionally and personally. And sometimes things happen that reaffirm this, such as yesterday (a work day):
My fantastic MD arranged through one of her contacts for me to be taken for a drive in a BMW M3……………………..something that I have always wanted to do. (I openly admit to be a Revhead, but promise to do my best not to make this a car story as such !).
I was instructed to be at a certain location at a certain time and as my Dad (a fellow Car Tragic) was visiting from SA, he was also invited along for the ride. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the owner of the aforementioned M3 who saw my Dad was using a walking stick and so very kindly told us to wait there whilst he collected the car and brought it out the front. As this gorgeous charcoal-silver M3 pulled up to the collection point, Dad and I prepared to load ourselves in to the passenger seats, but the owner had another offer – one that quite frankly blew me away. He wandered over to me and handed me the keys to his VERY powerful and VERY expensive ‘pride and joy’ and told me that I would be driving.
Mouth agape and in a mouse-like voice I tried to decline but he insisted and so I climbed in to the driver’s seat and got myself comfortable.
I won’t bore you with the details of the drive as I know cars are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I will just comment that it was everything and more than I had imagined. I came back quite literally shaking with excitement, nervousness and awe. The car’s owner had happily let me have a pretty serious “go” and was quite obviously chuffed at my enthusiasm and enjoyment.
Upon returning to where we had set off from, we all went out for lunch where we shared a fantastic meal and some amazing company. Dad and I spent nearly three hours with a person that we had never met before and he had managed to clear his very, very busy schedule to make time for us ! Dad had a ball !!! He has been retired for a few years now and so rarely has the opportunity to mix in “business” circles which afford a level of intellectual conversation. I had the opportunity to spend some quality time almost one on one with a highly intelligent and very successful businessman and in doing so discovered a person of great integrity and passion – a person that enjoyed the opportunity to give with absolutely no expectation of anything in return. A truly “Good People” !
Yesterday was indeed a VERY special day ! I not only got to drive one of the cars of my dreams, but I had the opportunity to witness my Dad be genuinely happy (not that this is uncommon, but it is something that you never grow tired of) and I also got to broaden my network of “Good Peoples”.
To everyone involved (you know who you are)………………….THANK YOU ! THANK YOU !! THANK YOU !!! I wake up on a daily basis and thank my lucky stars for all of the wonderful things around me and yesterday was yet another moment to be thankful for !
You guys ROCK !