I got red pens today.
A red pen is no big deal. Maybe to red pen manufacture-ers it’s a big deal. But to most people it’s not something you think about on a regular basis. Or fixate on. Or generally think about in any lingering way. If you do, please get help. That can’t be healthy.
As a rule I try to be thoughtful, considerate and even generous. This has nothing to do with red pens, generally speaking.
As a blessing, most everyone I know in life is even more thoughtful, more considerate, and more generous. This will lead us to the subject of red pens.
That’s why I got red pens today. (Now we have touched on the subject.)
I have a few
issues standard ways of doing things in my work world. I make my list of daily ‘to do’ tasks in blue (or black, come on, I’m not crazy and can only use one color). I then cross out my tasks in red. And yes, there is a purpose to this. I can easily decipher the red in the list to see what has been accomplished and what yet needs to be done. It’s all about time management. You have no idea the fractions of seconds I have saved in my life by having this dandy little system. Some people do not see the value in this. If they are by my desk and need a pen, they will grab one, and innocently walk off with it. It happens everywhere. I am fairly certain it is not done to cause me stress…. I’m sure I have been standing by a desk, needed a pen, grabbed one and inadvertently walk off with the pen.
A week or two ago I returned to work one morning, got everything ready. Had to cross off something I had completed. Because, come on, it’s not really done until it’s crossed off. In red. And my red pen was no where. No where. At all. I looked in drawers, in my files, on the floor, it was no where.
A coworker (friend) happened to listen to my lament about my missing red pen.
Then today, all these days later, I walk in to her office to tell her hello.
And she hands me a pack of red pens.
Not because she thought I was unstable.
But because while she was out doing something she saw red pens. Thought of me. Bought them. Took them home. Brought them to work. Gave them to me.
It’s just a pen. Right?
It could be more.
It was a thoughtful gesture. I told her she was my favorite today. And I told her that the pens are very nice. But what is even nicer, is the thought. At some point during her regular life when I am not in her midst she was going about her regular life activities. And, unbeknownst to me, she thought of me. I asked her if she ever stopped to wonder at the idea that at any given moment in time someone, somewhere, might be thinking of her and she has no idea.
Isn’t that a nice thing to think about?
That we live our lives without knowing the wonderful thoughts that are going about the world. About us. And yes, I choose to believe they are wonderful. It is not, redundant repeat, because I am crazy.
I told her I thought I would write about that. And she said “what? And call it the ‘Red Pen Blog’?”
But it’s not about the pen.