I have this heartfelt belief that most of us want to help others and enjoy making each other smile.
I also believe people are awesome.
I saw the most simple and remarkable example of being amazing and kind while I was eating lunch last Saturday. It was one of those crazy Fall days where the weather was just absolutely perfect. My friend Steven and I decided to eat outside on the sidewalk at a place called Mark’s Burgers here in Greenville. The restaurant was full inside and out, even though it was almost 2pm.
An older man sat down by himself at a table next to us. He spread out his work and computer. He quietly ordered his meal and asked for a Diet Dr. Pepper. The waiter informed him that they only carry Pepsi products. The man was bummed but smiling and just ordered a water instead.
That could have been the end of it.
But instead, five minutes later the waiter came up with a cold Diet Dr. Pepper in his hand and a huge smile on his face.
“Compliments of me and my General Manager! He said I could run down to CVS and get you a drink.”
The man (and the waiter) were grinning from ear to ear. And so were we.
That simple exchanged will forever be burned in my mind. On a busy day after a long lunch shift, the waiter could have easily decided not to even mention this exchange to his manager. The manager could have also simply been half listening and not seen the opportunity to let the waiter be awesome. But they did and they both created an opportunity to feel good about the work they do in the world.
You could just tell it by their heartfelt smiles.
Do you give yourself and others who work with you permission to be awesome? Do you see the little opportunities in front of you every single day?