Meeting old friends is always a nice feeling. You cherish the memories of nice time spend together. This was the exact feeling I had when I met my old friend Sam after a gap of almost over 3 years. We enjoyed together the memories and it was like the old days were back again and didn’t feel the time going faster the us. We sat together and picked it up from where we had left…In fact we got more close…That’s the beauty of friendship…Its timeless…
But this one incident which Sam narrated which stayed with me for the whole night and was indeed an experience to be shared. It was about a friend … an angel who changed his life completely. This is the narration of this guy who was there with him throughout his stint in the earlier company. He also happened to join the company the same day as him and also he eventually happened to serve his last day in the organization same as his.
Three years back Sam got this new job and was very really excited about it. This was the time when I saw him last before now. It was his first stint in a truly complete MNC. It was the date of joining and with all the excitement of working in a new environment, a new sector all together was really evident in his body language. So he finally enters the main gate of the campus and reach the reception area to inquire about his next plan of action and also to meet his appointed HR. He was told by the receptionist to wait for about 10 minutes and will then be escorted by his HR who is on her way. He sat in a couch nearby and that is the first time he saw this guy for the first time.
So now he was sitting next to this guy. There were newspapers kept in front of them and the other guy was reading one and Sam also picked another one kept there. As the time elapsed Sam realized the 10 minutes as advised earlier by the receptionist has become 30 now and there is no sight of the HR anywhere. He again went to check if there is any further delay and was told that the HR had just informed that she will take 10 more minutes and will reach here soon to get both of them. That was when he got to know the other guy was also joining today and we both were to be working in same team. Realizing this he went back now with a smile on his face to greet him. Seeing him coming back the other guy knew he was coming to meet him and he also smiled back even before they actually said a word to each other. That moment Sam felt some kind of positive vibe just passed through him. He greeted him and introduced him and asked for his name and the reply came, “My name is Daniel”. They got connected at that very movement but they didn’t knew at that moment that it was going to be a remarkable journey of theirs together in the organization, where we both were very happy to have been selected.
Meanwhile as they were getting to know each other the HR came and took them inside the awesome and huge campus, which was the biggest which they had seen in their life. It had more that 55 high rise buildings with almost more than 35000 people working there. They were then taken to the induction hall were there were few others who had joined the same day sitting. They also joined them and the induction started and their remarkable and memorable journey stated along with the same.
Sam and Danny (that is what Sam called him) got together very well. Both of them seemed to have same kind of interests which eventually got them together and crafted this remarkable journey.
After the induction session was over both of them were taken to their team and HR introduced them to the team lead who took over them from the HR and they were officially taken into the company. The journey hence continued and to their luck both of them were given to join the same team working in the project which made both of them very happy as they now have each other at least in this new world, though they knew eventually will make many new friends there.
From then on to about few days being new they were supposed to look at all the people working there and explore the campus as it would take time for all the approval of them working along with their credentials to come. Sam didn’t know what to do as each day he was supposed to scan the same 20 odd faces, when they come and when they go. What they do and what they do not do. It was kind of seriously frustrating times, but he couldn’t complain as he knew this was what everyone did and had to do when you join new.
But then he realized Danny is happy and is enjoying what they were doing. He was surprised and asked Danny, dude how are you happy man. After hearing this Danny was kind of cynical and replied, what do you mean. Sam understood how foolish he sounded and explained him his plight and the source of the question. Danny understood and then explain to him what he did which actually shocked Sam. Danny said he was doing the same thing as him but he tried to meet at least one person new every hour in the office personally. This way now he knows almost everyone in the office and hence every time he sees someone he smiles at them and as they too happen to know him now the smile always comes back and this way he is always smiling and is happy.
Sam was really astonished at Danny’s reply. Man he did the same thing as me of scanning people but the big difference was that he is making others smile and eventually is happy. How in my wildest dream could I have not thought of the same? Sam was indeed inspired by him that day and felt like full respect for his thinking and all credit to Danny for the same. Sam too decided to do the same and with Danny’s help he met almost all the people working in the team that day itself and boy it was a real transformation of his coming days in the organization. He could feel the difference as to how happy his days were going and how the interactions and conversations with people have changed the way he thought about everything. “Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world”.
Someone had rightly said,
“A nice warm shower, a cup of tea, and a caring ear may be all you need to warm your heart.”