I rounded the corner into the next aisle when I spotted them. Miniature Orchids. I know I do not need them, however I found myself going through the box to find the best of the lot. While I was there, I noticed an employee out of the corner of my eye. He was pushing a large cart stacked 3 boxes high of canned foods and other assorted inventory.
I went back to looking at the plants. Then, I realized he was just standing there, waiting. I made eye-contact with an inquiring expression on my face. To which he responded, “I’m trying to figure out how to get through here.” You see, the display of plants was in the middle of the aisle.
“Oh,” I said as I searched for a solution, “…hmm, can we just move this whole display?” I started to pull the display toward me, as he pushed it from the other side.
He navigated the cart through, then stopped, turning toward me and making eye-contact, he said “team work…it sure makes things easier..” then he closed by thanking me and saying “you’re such a sweetheart.” I smiled a bit uncomfortable, nodded…I may even have even said thank you, as I always pick the wrong responses to compliments, and as I walked away, I laughed a little, I’m not from the south, so getting called a sweetheart isn’t something I’m used to, especially when the person appears to be younger than I.
I have to admit, I started to pat myself on the back as I walked away. If I ended here, you’d think this story was about me, but it isn’t.
This story is about that young man. I’m not sure what position he had at the store, what title he held or didn’t hold, but I realized that if I had a business, I would hire this guy in a second, because he has incredible leadership skills. After he said that, I felt compelled to help him move the next display out of the way (however, by the time I reached it, he had moved it). I felt valued, and like my 5 second effort to slide the display out of the way had been some grand gesture.
Not only did he have the skills to make people motivated to work and to make them feel valued, but he was fully engaged in his job, both on the level of getting the products out on the floor, but stopping to help customers and having friendly conversations, as I observed while I finished my shopping.
I went in the store, with the intention of just getting myself a rice pudding, but came out with a few lessons. I caught myself when I was going to give myself too much credit, and realized that when you take a moment of gratitude and look on the other side of it, you find a story about someone other than yourself. I learned a few tips on how to be a leader others would be happy to follow.
A Thousand Small Ways #1000smallways
While I have provided you with examples in the above story of a small way that can make a big difference, I will share another small way. Today, I’m thinking of my other online friends, whom have websites, blogs, groups, or causes. Can you reach out to 5 of them today to let them know they are appreciated. Leave a comment, a like, share a post. In this way they will know that there are actually people reading and appreciating what they have to offer. You never know, you may keep someone from giving up doing what they are doing.
Update on Goals:
I have decided my goal for December is to finish up “Mitt the Misfit Fox,” and work on creating arts and crafts around the theme of love, kindness, and friendship.
I made several pieces, some are only half-way done (I wanted to scan them, add digital effects, and then print them. However, the scanner had other plans, namely it planned on not working).
These two pieces are the quote “Love Does.” I just finished reading a book by that title by Bob Goff, and I have often reminded people that love is a verb, so put it into action.