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I got a phone call today from a gentleman trying to sell his copying services. His name is John. John Hummer.
John caught me at a particularly bad moment. I was busy. I was stressed. I wanted to curl up into a ball and start the day all over again, frankly. #RoughMorning
What I did NOT want to do was to take a cold call from a solicitor. Hmpf.
I was about to ignore him ... worse, yet, I even considered being snarky and rude just because I was in a bit of a snit. #ImmatureBaby
Then something really weird happened. I thought about John for a a few seconds.
Here he is, just sitting in his office, doing his job. He's starting this conversation with me, a complete stranger, with the best of intentions. Sure, he's trying to sell me something. But, is it HIS fault I'm in a crummy mood or have had a particularly cruddy morning? Um, no; no it's not.
What if I'm the only person John talks to all day who shows him any respect or regard or simple common courtesy? Gosh, do I want to be part of the reason someone else has a crappy morning? It's amazing how many thoughts your noggin can generate in a couple of seconds, isn't it? Either way.
I spoke with John warmly. Even though I don't need any of his professional services, I didn't want to be unkind. He was genuinely appreciative.
Guess what? The entire exchange took 72 seconds. A tiny little minute out of my day...to show another human some kindness. One rotation of the second hand in which to be nice or mean; considerate or critical; empathetic or horrendous. To make or break someone's mood...or day...or spirit.
Kinda glad I went with good PK instead of icky me. I hope John and all of you have a lovely Friday.
#ThinkOfOthers #ShowKindness #NiceIsTheNewBlack #DontBeAJerk
Mt 11:29ab R. Alleluia, alleluia. Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord; and learn from me, for I am meek and gentle of heart. 1 Jn 4:10b R. Alleluia, alleluia. God first loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.