Thursday, April 15, 2010
Day Eleven - Be Annoyingly Pleasant!
Tonight, I made up my mind that there was no way out of it so I may as well try to make it as pleasant as possible. I pasted a smile on my face and walked through the door with a positive attitude. I have shopped at the same grocery store for five years and have never paid attention to the staff. I walked right up to the bakery counter and politely asked the baker to slice a loaf of bread for me. He was pleasant and friendly and I noticed his name tag (Gerald) and I began to strike up a conversation with him. The more I asked, the more animated he became. He seemed genuinely pleased that a customer had taken the time to notice him and ask about his family and his life and to compliment him on his job
Next I moved on to the Deli counter where I also had a nice chat with Maylene. She was lovely to chat with and her whole demeanor changed also once I began to notice her and make pleasant conversation. I moved through the store and spoke to everyone and gave a big smile and "hello" to every shopper I passed. People must have thought I was high! I got tickled at myself when I realized that I was reminding myself of my grandparents and how they had to stop and talk to EVERYONE whenever I took them out. But you know what, the members of their community loved my grandparents and my grandparents loved them! Now I know why! I got through the checkout process talking and laughing with Nancy the whole time and a wonderfully friendly Kenny carried my groceries to the car. I got in my car and thought to myself, "that wasn't bad at all. I actually didn't mind the shopping tonight!" More importantly, I connected to others and showed them I appreciate what they do. It was a good feeling!
"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."
~ Mother Teresa