I have a challenge for you, my dear readers. It won’t cost you one single “red cent”, as the penny used to be called. However, it will cost you about 2 minutes of your time and a little bit of discomfort.
Most, if not all, of the “invisibles” are in your everyday life as you journey from home.
The grocery store check out clerks, convenience store clerks, servers in restaurants, fast food servers, car wash attendants, store clerks of all kinds.
Joe and I encounter them all over this country and at home. These workers, always paid minimum wage (even less for restaurant servers who work for tips), provide a convenience to us. They all stand on their feet for 8 hours and watch as one person after another comes into their space for a few minutes and are quickly gone, only to be replaced by a new warm body.
Every time I have to wait in line to order food or check out purchases I watch the people in front of me dealing with the clerks. For the most part no one says “Hello” to the clerks. No one acknowledges the person in front of them providing a service to them.
My challenge to you is to actually look the service provider in the eyes, smile like you are glad to see them, say “Hello”. If you are loading your goods on the conveyor belt at the grocery store, when finished loading, get yourself to the pay area and say “Hello” to the store clerk. They will look up from the task they are doing and look at you like you’ve shocked them. Give them one of your best smiles and look them in the eye.
If you are in a restaurant look the server in the eye when he/she comes to your table to take your order. Remember. Big real smile and “Hello”.
When you have placed your fast food order or completed the store purchase process make sure to clearly say “Thank You”. When at the restaurant make sure to also “Thank” your server out loud.
Who provides a service to you in your daily life? Please take a few minutes to let them know they are not “invisible”.
Let me know if you notice a change in your service experience. You will also get a lift in your spirits as well.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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