Have you ever been on a business trip and learned more about yourself from traveling than from the actual seminar? Or maybe you learned just as much on the way there as you did from the event. This happened to me. Let me explain…
I had been in Phoenix for a seminar with a co-worker. The seminar had just wrapped up so I had requested an Uber car to pick us up. As we were enjoying the warmth of the sun while waiting outside, other seminar attendees were being pickup up by Uber in Mercedes, limo’s, you name it. Then a 4 door Honda pulls up to take us to the airport. While we were getting raised eyebrows and snickers from those people, this is what we were thinking…
This trip is not on our dime. Why would we splurge with the Doctor’s money when we wouldn’t do that if we were paying for the trip. That didn’t feel right to us so we didn’t do it, and we didn’t think twice about it either. It actually made me question the integrity of these other offices.
After arriving at the airport and getting through security, we stopped in one of the shops to get some snacks and water for our flight. We find what we need and I’m the first one to walk up to the counter. The woman at the counter was leaning forward on her elbows, completely engrossed on her cell phone. To politely get her attention I walk up to the counter and say, “Your hair is fantastic! I love the color!” No response. Not even a twitch. So I place my water and cashews on the counter and say, “Hi!” Still nothing.
At this point my co-worker is now standing next to me and a line is forming. We look at each other, totally surprised at this woman and I decide to try again. This time I grab my heavy purse and loudly plop it onto the counter, acting like I’m getting my wallet and say, “Is everything ok?” This time she almost looked at me after she rolled her eyes, pursed her lips, straightened up and rang up my items, like she was mad at the world.
It was obvious that she did not want to be there. But she was ignoring us, not wanting to talk so we moved on. While we were waiting to board I had written her a note and was debating if I should run it back over to her. We had 5 minutes until we were supposed to start boarding so I excused myself to run and use the restroom, but instead hurried back over to the store. She was back in her normal position on her elbows, ignoring the person standing in front of her. So I slip the note under her phone where I knew she could see it, said “I hope this brightens your day,” and then hurried back over to the line to start boarding our plane.
I don’t know if she ever read the note, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is I gave it to her .When was the last time you told someone how amazing they are and how grateful you are for them? I believe if we did more of that instead of criticizing, this world would be even more beautiful than it already is. So think about it. How can you change someone’s day?
Until next time,
I hope you all have a beautiful day!