July 11, 2011

Two things…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ray @ 8:34 pm

I want to share two things with all of you in this blog. First, I am no longer doing a newsletter as a seperate entity from my blog. It was quite redundant and I figure I can accomplish the same thing through the blog which is going to be much more consisitent moving forward.

Secondly, I want to share a story with you that happened to a friend of mine recently. My friend drives a garbage truck and provides a much needed service to all he serves. He has a particular route on Fridays that he really does not like at all as it is a long route and he does not have another person with him when he does this particular route. So, he drives the truck for a few feet then has to jump out and go back and forth across the street hundreds of times a day picking up the garbage from the residents of this community and disposing of it into his truck. Well, he is a person that whether he likes what he is doing or not, will give 100% in all that he does. So he does not stroll back and forth across the street, he quickly walks/jogs back and forth so he can get the job done in a timely fashion while providing great service to the customer.

Last Friday, he was doing this route and he noticed this vehicle seemed to be “stalking” him as he drove from one part of his route to another. He was starting to get a bit concerned as to who this would be when as he stopped, the vehicle pulled up behind him and an elderly gentleman exited the vehicle. He approcached my friend and asked if he was the driver that serviced his block on the other end of town? My friend said yes, and the gentleman said he was trying to catch up to him all day as he wanted to give him something. The elderly gentleman pulled out a $10 bill and wanted to give it to my friend as a tip for doing such a quality job of taking care of his garbage. My friend responded by saying he could not accept it as he was just doing his job. Again, the gentleman handed the money towards him and said he had been watching him for a few weeks and he was impressed with how my friend takes his job seriously and does his job professionally.

There are several reasons I share this with you. First, there are a lot of things in life that we may not like or want to do, but that does not mean you should not do them to the best of your ability.

Another reason is that even if you don’t realize it, people notice hard work and appreciate hard work.

Most importantly, you have to live with you for the rest of your life, so do the things that you believe will set you up for success on purpose because it is never an accident.

Note: My friend told me it makes it easier to do the route he does not like to do when someone appreciates it.

Attitude and kindness are very powerful!

Win the day……..

Ray

1 Comment »

  1. Excellent story!!

    It is easy when working in public to become oblivious to the public. It really is great when someone takes the effort to remind someone that they are being noticed for their deeds.

    Fair winds, Ev

    Comment by Everett Bjorklund — September 20, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

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