Please Stand By

When my brother and I were kids, I used to believe (almost) everything he said because he was four years older than I was. He still is. When I was about 3 or 4 and he was about 7 or 8 years old, our TV life included Gilligan’s Island and in the morning, J.P. Patches, a local TV show.

Whenever the TV would say “Please Stand By,” he convinced me that we literally needed to go stand by the TV so the show would start again. I got bored and impatient standing there. Pretty quickly, I figured out that it would restart without this step, but as I said, I believed him, plus he was bigger than I was.


This childhood memory led me to think about the movement of being intentional and mindfulness. We forget we are human beings and not human doings: work, errands, caring for others, getting caught up in social media. We need to stop and just be in the NOW moment. Appreciation starts with awareness.

Here are 3 ideas to get you started:

  1. Start your day with 3 coins in your left pocket. When you see something good, say something nice. It could be someone taking extra time with a client; acknowledging  an excellent meeting facilitator, or when someone returns a call in a timely manner. Move a coin to your right pocket each time something good happens. Pretty soon you won’t need to have coins in your pocket to remind you.
  2. Create a Positive Gossip Board to celebrate work accomplishments and personal milestones, like going back to school, achieving health goals, or becoming a grandparent for the first time.
  3. Kick off meetings with “What’s working?” or end staff meetings with “What new learning, insight or appreciation did you have today as a result of our time together?” This opens the door for peer-to-peer appreciation.

All we have are NOW moments. Seize that moment, take a deep breath and notice OUT LOUD when the good stuff is happening.

You may now resume your regular programming.

Get your THANK ON™! Theresa Chambers, Chief Motivation Officer, Recognition Works, helps companies cultivate cultures of appreciation and engagement through consulting, Recognize the Moment® Workshops, and Thankology™ Toolkits. She can be reached at or 206/353.8267. You are welcome to share this post. Just give credit where credit is due.