I can relate in a lot of ways to what she’s saying. I love to be social, but I do not like to put myself out there to meet new people or put myself in new situations. If I had my druthers I’d be some sort of geek, hiding in my bedroom for days on end, ignoring the world outside my door just so I could stay within my comfort zone.
Regardless of the general sharing of emotions, that plane trip taught me that appreciating others is always worthwhile and positive if the appreciation is genuine. It has also compelled me to appreciate others whenever a situation to do so arises- not only is it beneficial to both parties, but it’s so easy. Saying thank you and expressing a sentence worth of “you are valuable and I appreciate what you do for me” takes seconds, but it can entirely change a person’s day. I hope you will all join me in taking those little opportunities to appreciate others and capitalize on them. I guarantee you will not be disappointed, and who knows; you might change a person’s life. I always hear the stories about people on the verge of committing suicide who change their decision based on a few words from a stranger- why couldn’t that stranger be any of us, in the right place at the right time?
This paragraph takes me back about twenty years! A friend and I had gone out to dinner and the food was really good. I wrote a note of thanks to the chef on one of the clean napkins and asked the server to deliver it. She came back with their verbal words of thanks. I think she said they even put it on the cork board back there! It made me feel good. I wasn’t nervous or anything about it because…well, I had worked in the service industry for a short while and knew what those words would mean. Those in the service industry get little enough thanks as it is, why would I want to make the situation worse?
Well said Avery, and thank you for the thought and memory.