I missed my friend Aaron's birthday last week. So I'm going to make up for it by wishing him a happy birthday on my blog.
Because don't you think there's an inverse correlation between the timeliness of birthday greetings and the public nature of the greetings?
Thank you, this is why I love you guys, because of your unwavering support.
When I look back on my long and illustrious career, the Years I Worked With Aaron stand out in two ways. They were the FUN years. And they were the low-stress years because I knew someone had my back.
First, let's start with fun. Once our co-worker Cindy took a group order for these frozen Chinese pork buns. When they arrived she sent an email to our team alias saying, "Your buns are in the freezer."
Aaron replied with, "I thought I felt cold."
And he used to call me a lot. That's normal, right? Except that he worked in the office next door to me. Yes, he would call me from 5 feet away. I could hear his voice through the wall. This from a man who runs marathons.
Aaron had my back. I was never late for meetings when Aaron was around because he would always always always come get me. When I was on vacation I knew Aaron would cover for me. There were so many times when he saved me, and when I thanked him he would just wink and say, "Hey, I got your back."
Do you have any idea how good it feels to know someone has your back? Studies show that it reduces your stress level by 65%.
Those would be my studies, thank you.
Does someone have your back at work? If not I encourage to go out and get someone's back. And let them know you're doing it. Let them know that from now on, you are looking out for them and will do your best to make sure no harm comes to them. They are naturally going to return the favor. And a virtuous cycle is born.
All thanks to Aaron.
Happy birthday White Chocolate!