I received an award a couple of months back for some of my volunteer work with Northwest Development Officers Association (NDOA), our local fundraising association. I had no idea that I was receiving the award. A couple of my friends strategized together to bring me to the event, and during the announcement I was shocked. It so happened that one of the board members at the foundation where I work was at the event and she sent a covert email to my boss. As a result my co-workers surprised me with an acknowledgement and I received congratulations throughout the week from other board members and executives at the hospital. It was a great honor and I really appreciate NDOA and all of my friends and colleagues’ acknowledgement.
I realized that I am not as gracious a person as I thought I might be. I was dumbfounded as to how to be appropriately thankful for the respect and commendations from so many people. So I thought I’d put it out to you.