I don’t know how I come up with these things so don’t ask.
After my hatching from the “shyness” egg, I found that I had the gift for gab. In actuality, I find that I make a great salesman when the need arises (an attribute I abhor except when helping my friend at gun shows) and this was obtained in majority part by my career job. I was forced to interact with the public and customers on a regular basis and some of those could be quite nasty at times. Holding back one’s temper and feelings is an art form and to professionally accept insults would normally be unheard of by me but was “required”. I survived it (there are some people out there that should give prayers of thanks that they are still standing after receiving their abuse) and it was a good experience enlightenment.
I called a manufacturer this morning and got their answering service-an elderly lady. I told her what I needed, apologized for not understanding the time zone change and after she had taken all my information, I thanked her for the help and time she afforded me. I keyed into her astonished toned for some reason. It was if the low paying thankless job was but a way to earn a meager income and kindness and cordiality from callers didn’t exist. I could even hear the smile and joy on her end.
I have always been pleasant when someone is giving me a service and usually those people seem to be in a stressful and thankless position. I find a little levity elicits a more meaningful conversation and makes the job but a little more enduring. I have always taken my demeanor and form of conversation for granted but never really realized the affect it has on some, especially the elder individuals who can be snippy with age (yes, I know this first hand). I can usually diffuse the tone of a conversation (example-the case with Liz) if necessary and all parties are better for it. This is genuine within me and should be with everyone. I guess I never truly realized what a pleasant moment could do for an individual, especially knowing nothing about them.
Thanking someone for a service provided has a great deal to do with the affect it has on that person in the moment, for the day and even for their life. Pleasant can make many good things happen. For the most part, it is my way in life. I won’t take it for granted as I have been for so long.