Day after day I go about attending to the different errands on my “to-do” list; hustling and bustling through traffic to accomplish my goals. It’s very easy to go in and out of banks, grocery stores, gas stations, and even the post office without paying any real attention to the individual who is serving me.
It was 2 years ago when I found myself feeling quite convicted about the fact that I could be so busy minded that I rarely acknowledged those who are so helpful in the service industry. It’s been 2 years since I began to challenge myself to slow down, to take time to get eye contact and start a conversation with whoever served me in some way.
Over the past 2 years I have had the joy of hearing coffee baristas thank me for being kind or being patient. I have gotten to know any of the sweet people at my local Albertson’s store; their stories, their challenges, even sharing stories from their family life. I was recently told that I am known as “the nice lady” there. I have learned how powerful a compliment, a thank you, and a smile can be in the middle of someone’s workday.
Cost to me? Time, it takes more time to engage with people. It does take me longer to do my errands but I think it’s so worth it.
I don’t share any of this to make myself sound “so nice”. I have really had to grow in this aspect of my life. However, summertime is a time when these folks work even harder, there are more tourists and activities that can put stress on those who serve our needs each day.
So how about a summertime challenge? What if you commit to taking a few extra minutes out of your day to connect with those at the grocery store, Starbucks, gas station, and eateries? Watch and see how when you encourage them you will also feel encouraged.
There’s a lot of busy, irritable people out there! How about we shine our light anew this summer? 🙂