On August 26, 1999, New York City experienced a torrential downpour. The rain caused the streets to flood and the subway system almost came to a stop.
Unfortunately, this happened during the morning rush hour. Many people who were going to work were forced to go home. Some battled to call a taxi or to get on a bus. Still others faced the storm bravely, walking miles to get to work.
I happened to be one of the people on the way to work that morning. I went from subway line to subway line only to find that most service had stopped. After making my way through crowds of people, I finally found a subway line that was operating. Unfortunately, there were so many people waiting to board the subway that I could not even get down the stairs to the platform. So I took the train going in the opposite direction, and then switch back to the downtown train. Finally, after what seemed like a forever, the train reached my stop. Then I had to walk several blocks in the increasingly heavy rain. When I finally got to my office, I was wet through, exhausted and discouraged.
When it was 5:00 pm，I was ready to go home. I was about to turn off my computer when I received an email from Garth, my Director:
I would like to thank all of you who made the effort and eventually reported to work. It is always reassuring(令人欣慰), at times like these, when employees so clearly show their devotion to their jobs. Thank you.
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Just as Mike puts it, he managed to get to office after overcoming a lot of difficulties in the downpour, which resulted in his director's thank for his devotion to his job.
In my opinion, Mike must have been moved because the hardships he experienced and overcame paid off.
I can't help recalling one of my experiences. In Senior 1, I was so weak in English that I had to turn to my deskmate for help quite frequently. But one day, after reading a book he lent to me, I asked him a question in English, which made him puzzled. Then I told him the detailed position of the question on his book.
What delighted me was that I thanked my deskmate by helping him. Of course, there are varieties of way to thank others like getting greater achievements, helping the helpers, saying “thank you” on the spot, in a letter, on the phone and so on. Although tired and upset, the helper may receive recognition and encouragement.