I'd like to tell you a little story about an extraordinary act of generosity which has touched my life recently.
The hotel I am working at is currently seeking new management. The owner is here temporarily, trying to recover the integrity of her beloved business from injustices caused by the previous management. Unfortunately, the hotel has been the victim of theft and extreme lack of care. Fortunately this all took place immediately before my arrival, and I'm here in time to help clean up the mess.
I am pleased to find that the owner has taken up the task with incredible grace. I can imagine how defeated she might have felt upon discovering that she had been taken by swindlers. But instead of letting it get her down, she's simply gotten on with it and kept moving forward, without outwardly showing a hint of distress to her staff.
Considering my experience with previous outback management, I am surprised and delighted that she not only trusts all of us, despite the fact that the managers were stealing from her, under our noses, but that she genuinely cares for our welfare, and makes a concerted effort to ensure that we are all happy working here.
To add to this generosity of spirit, she outsourced a family member, who obviously possesses this same virtue, to take a holiday from his job and life in England, to come all the way out to the middle of nowhere dusty hot and boring Tennant Creek, to work 12 hour days for no pay, cleaning the place up and lending a helping hand wherever needed, to ensure that the transition to new management was smooth and pleasant. He was here for over three weeks, working hard, literally until his hands were aching, and refused to take a day off.
And to top it all off, when the staff all pitched in to buy him a thank you gift, a nice bottle of scotch, he refused to take it home with him and insisted on sharing it with all of us. The world would be a much nicer place if there were more people like this in it.