Rose-Tinted Glasses by Kat Pestian

Posted on 07. Mar, 2017 by in Blog

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Rose-tinted Glasses

By: Kat Pestian, Heart to Heart Communications, Marketing Committee Member

This year the Heart to Heart Communications marketing committee developed a number of strategic goals, including the publication of this monthly blog series which will be authored by members of our community. I have been asked to kick things off by writing about the qualities that employers look for in applicants at the beginning of the hiring process.

I could list some of the characteristics we all value—like dedication, drive, commitment—but instead I’m going to tell you about the one quality I look for above all else: rose-tinted glasses.

Every day I make the conscious decision to put on my rose-tinted glasses, not because I’m naïve or haven’t experienced pain or loss. I choose to wear them precisely because I have.

Most of us have spent time walking alone in the dark woods; we may have been shoved there by an unfortunate life situation or we may have chosen to take the difficult path when the pain of not changing became too great. In the woods, you learn who you are and what you’re made of. And if you come out of the woods feeling tangled and bruised yet can look behind you at the wind-swept, dirt-covered roads and fallen trees and still focus on the sunset off in the distance glowing with bright reds, oranges and yellows then you have earned your rose-tinted glasses.

The leaders, friends and co-workers I want surrounding me aren’t afraid of their rose-tinted glasses; they embrace them with intention and gumption.

They wear their glasses everywhere they go—from the grocery store to meetings with new associates. They never take them off. How do you spot these people? They are the ones smiling at strangers, complimenting the cashier on her necklace or helping a fellow shopper when he drops his list. People wearing their rose-tinted glasses understand that you cannot tell who at any moment is deep in the woods just by looking at them.

Is that couple at the grocery store struggling with infertility? Did that man blocking the aisle just lose a parent? Did that woman holding up the line with her coupons finally find the courage to file for divorce today? We never know. It’s our job to see with our rose-tinted glasses, to search for positivity, and if it’s not there, it’s our responsibility to create it.

Positivity doesn’t always come naturally. It’s a learned behavior, a conscious choice that must be made every day. Choosing to be positive isn’t an act of disavowal; it’s a declaration of your personal vision, a truth you wear on your sleeve.

My hope is that when you find yourself surrounded by team members who wear rose-tinted glasses, you go out and buy yourself a pair, too.

Because at the end of each day, Akron has one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see—glowing with bright reds, oranges and yellows —fueled by connection, positivity and the possibility of tomorrow.

Kat Pestian is the Marketing & Community Engagement Manager at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Vice-President of Amp Strategy. She currently serves on the Marketing Committee of Heart to Heart and is chairing the annual heart to Heart Speaks Out for Values Breakfast. She is also involved with various organizations including ArtCetera, ACCESS, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Torchbearers, Ohio University Alumni Association and Delta Gamma Alumni Association. Kat lives in West Akron with her husband Tim and their son Tre, along with their rescue fur babies, Louis and Layla.



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One Response to “Rose-Tinted Glasses by Kat Pestian”

  1. Susan kinnamon 7 March 2017 at 6:54 pm #

    Beautifully written! I try to wear my rose colored glasses every day! Thank you for this!❤

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