What Do You Say About You?

On my first solo business trip, I had several experiences that made me realise something integral. I’ve always spoken about the fact that I am interested in doing all the good I can before I die. Why? I am deeply interested in shaping what I will be known for. In my first solo week-long trip, I realised that your actions can say a lot about you.
One of the things, I am very purposeful in doing is ensuring that I sincerely thank whoever serves me. This, sometimes, resulted in me internally cringing when I realise that throughout the course of a meal, I end up telling the waiter/waitress, thank you for:

  1. Pouring my water
  2. Taking my order
  3. Bringing my order (multiple times if the meal has multiple courses)
  4. Asking if I am ready for the bill
  5. Bringing the bill
  6. Processing my payment
  7. Removing my dishes

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I Have A Mad Man Friend

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Every morning, whether I’m on my way to work or church, I try to greet each person I pass with a smile and a good morning. It makes me feel good even when I’m in a bad mood and makes me feel even better when the person responds.

A few years ago I moved to a new area. I continued this practice. One morning I noted a mad man sitting at the corner of my road. As I passed, although I was in a hurry, I said “good morning”. The man did not answer. This continued for almost 4 months! One morning I decided that because he seemed not to hear me, I would say nothing. To my surprise as I passed, not saying anything, the man said “good morning”.

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