Yellow Envelope Project: Pennsylvania

Not all professionals shine.  I know that because in the last 24 hours I have encountered more than my fair share of people who are perfectly content being mediocre.  On Thursday the gate agent at American Airlines said she could not help me, because LITERALLY she explained, “I’m only an hourly employee.”  Less than 24 hours later my son’s preschool left his 22 birthday cupcakes and 22 red helium balloons sitting in their front office because problem solving would require more follow-through than anyone wanted to do.

Note: Shining has nothing to do with title, position, or the size of your pay check.  Shining is an attitude.  It’s a way of being, a commitment not to settle for mediocrity.

The Yellow Envelope Project was created to recognize every day people who go above and beyond.  They are the opposite of mediocre.  When these people involve themselves in a project they are not looking for excuses to do as little as possible.  Instead, they look for ways to help and to add value.  Below is a perfect example of a professional who shines.  Take a look:

“Bryan has had a trememndous impact on my life, as well as many others’ lives. As a former supervisor, Bryan gave me my first professional job. This is not why I’m nominating him, though. What makes Bryan shine is his dedication to the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Bryan, within the past year, has taken on the president’s role of the local Habitat for Humanity board of directors. He has taken this organization from one that was struggling to survive to one that is thriving. When everyone else thought there was no way the organization could keep on keeping on, he persisted. It was his driving force that made it possible. Bryan is committed to helping families in need become homeowners. He is passionate about this cause and it shows. He does a very thankless job, but I can attest to the countless number of volunteer hours he puts in to this great charitable cause.” 

Please join me in honoring this week’s recipient of the Yellow Envelope Project .  Participating is easy.  Simply write Bryan a short note telling him you are aware of his contributions and that you think he shines.  Place it in a yellow envelope (or a white one decorated with yellow markers and stickers).  Place the words, “Yellow Envelope Project” in the return address and then mail it to the address below before next Saturday.

P.O. Box 56
Greensburg, PA 15601


Think one yellow envelope is too small a gesture to amount to anything?  Think again.  What happens if each of the hundreds of people who visit the House of Shine each week would commit to participating?  His box would radiate wouldn’t it?  

Please join our Rayvolution by participating in the Yellow Envelope Project and helping to spread shine.

Shining off until tomorrow…

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 3/6/10 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Yellow Envelope Project

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