Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Go out and be a blessing

When I first started working in Real Estate, my broker used to end every staff meeting with the same phrase..."Go out and be a blessing". When I asked him one day over coffee why he always sent us off with those words, he told me that it was his goal to try as hard as he could to leave the people he interacted with during the day happy to have seen him. Not only was it good business practice, but it's just the right thing to do. He said you don't have to be gushy, and for heaven's sake don't tell everyone you meet to have a nice day. Just be kind to everyone you meet and find a way to help someone else every single day. Such a simple concept...be a blessing...but one I remember to this day and have always tried to follow.  Some days it's easy.  Open a door for someone, thank the someone who opens one for you, tell the kid bagging your groceries that he did a good job. Some days it devolves into waving cheerily at whoever that is in the car behind me gesturing and honking her horn. And yes, some days you have to really, really dig down deep to be anything approaching a blessing.


There was a series of commercials that recently aired where people were amazed by others who did little things during the day, like picking up a child's toy that fell from a stroller or running after someone who had left their briefcase at the diner. They went on to pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else. I refuse to believe that people are shocked by little courtesies. In my world, Polyanna and I believe in the goodness of people and that, given the chance, they want to be nice or at least courteous. I truly believe that people respond in kind to how they are treated. And when you think about it, what is the alternative?  To go thru your day scowling at people, assuming they are all out to get you?


With that in mind, go out and be a blessing. And if that involves being in the Starbucks drive thru and paying for the coffee of the person behind you, good on you. If that person is a redhead driving a Subaru Forester, I prefer grande bold, no cream.







2 comments:

  1. Good advice. I have noticed that (in the very huge hospital) where I work, this is kind of easy to do. You get out of your office and go anywhere and you will run into someone who looks confused, scared, unsure - every single day. And I have also noticed that a simple kindness of taking them where they need to be while talking kindly, or directing them if they don't need to be walked, makes a huge difference in their day. Without exception they are so appreciative. Like I said, easy in a hospital. A little tougher out in the real world, but still a good practice. Like you said, even the grocery store presents opportunities. Compliment what another lady is wearing to make her day (if you can be genuine!) Thanks for the reminder though, it is something we often overlook when we are so involved in our busy lives!

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  2. So very true. I imagine the confused/lonely/scared people where you work are so grateful for the kindness you show them. Thank you for reading and for your comments!

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