Thanks for being you

To a dear co-worker I once had, you showed me more kindness, patience and tolerance than I've ever seen in the workplace before. You were always there to give this greenhorn's self esteem a boost and you never minded sharing your wealth of knowledge with me. On days when I felt like a total and complete idiot, you always had something positive and nice to say that made me think that hey, maybe I'm not so stupid after all. Your gentle and zen approach to solving daily problems set one of the best examples I could ever have had.

It was because of your unselfish, unpretentious kindness that I was able to move forward with my career with confidence and begin to master my skills by simply being willing to build that confidence. It was because of this that I was able to find out what my strengths in my industry are, and begin to utilize them properly. You reminded me why I chose my profession in the first place and renewed my faith in my own capabilities. It was because of this that I am on a fast track to someday becoming an industry leader. I never minded being bad at some of the things I tried because I was guided with such gentleness and kindness that it didn't seem to matter.

Maybe my relative incompetence back then drove you crazy. I have no idea. But all you ever put forth was encouragement and love. And that's enough. Thank you. You're someone I am proud to call my friend. —Dr. Stupid

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