Today I went to work as I do every Saturday morning. I went through the normal routine of folding laundry, sweeping floors, making phone calls – that kind of thing. Today things were a bit different because I got yelled at by two different clients.
Why? One man yelled at me because he wasn’t clear in what he was asking and got frustrated extremely quickly when I didn’t give him the answer he was expecting. Another woman was furious because a stylist had to cancel her appointment which, I get it. I totally understand why she would be upset but I don’t understand why she had to take it out on me – the receptionist.
None of it was enough to embarrass me or make me cry at work and I’m not going to go to bed worrying over what I did wrong to make someone so angry. I’m just confused over why it can be so hard for some people to just be nice. Maybe it’s just because as far as I can remember I have never ever yelled at someone like that.
I could spend all day wondering how some people can just openly be rude, but then I think about all the kind things you could do to brighten someone’s day (who perhaps just got yelled at during work).
-Always hold open the door for someone.
-Say thank you if someone takes you out to eat, yes even your parents. They like gratitude too.
-Put some change in the tip jar.
-Go back and tell the barista how much you loved the drink they made you. (Trust me as an ex-barista, this one can really make your day.)
-Compliment an artist’s work, even if you don’t know them, actually especially if you don’t know them.
-Invite people to be in your picture.
-Give specific compliments. (You have a nice jaw, that color looks great on you, I like your voice, you remind me of a daisy, I like your opinion on ___, etc)
-Be an attentive passenger seat driver. Check blind spots with them and tell them when it’s safe to go.
-Visit someone at work.
This list is so short but it could go for pages and pages. I think sometimes we forget how far a little kindness could go, and I just wanted to remind you all that you can make a huge difference without even trying. I hope you all are having a great summer.
Love – Jessie