One good thing that I did today was planned, and the other good thing that I did today was unplanned. One of them cost money, and the other one was free. In addition to both of them being positive, the other thing that they had in common was that they both took place in a local grocery store.
When I was under the weather over the weekend, it gave me time to review how well I take care of myself on a daily basis. While I have re-established a regular workout regiment, take the appropriate supplements and vitamins, and do my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I honed in on one particular area in need of improvement-my diet. Actually, it would be more accurate to say, my diet when my two daughters are with their dad.
When my daughters are at our home with me, I make sure that we have well-balanced, healthy meals, because I want to teach them about good nutrition and keep them strong, healthy, and well. It is a different story when I am home alone. It is tough to cook for one person, so, I typically just heat up a can of soup or have a bowl of cereal, and I find that I scrimp on fresh fruit and vegetables. Just like I save the good china for guests, I save the good food for my daughters. Today, I set out to change that with a trip to the grocery store to stock up on ingredients to make some meals for myself, as I realize that my health is as important as my daughters’ health, and I need to consistently eat well and treat myself with as much love and care as I do my daughters.
Once I finished my grocery shopping, I headed to the check out lane, where I was assisted by a sweet and shy young man with Down’s Syndrome. Donald meticulously and silently bagged my groceries in record time, and after I thanked him and began to leave, he broke his silence. He handed me a green piece of paper about an on-line survey I could complete to give the store feedback about my shopping experience and the customer service I received today. As I took the paper from his hand, he quickly and quietly asked if I would please fill out the survey to let the management know how he was doing in his job and to have a chance to enter a sweepstakes. I normally don’t participate in these type of surveys and did not care about entering the sweepstakes, but I did care about Donald. When I told him that I would be more than happy to fill out the survey to tell his boss what an excellent job he did, Donald made eye contact with me, grinned widely, and exclaimed, “Awesome!” He high-fived me, and I went home to fill out the survey, as promised. It takes so little time to recognize a job well done by the people we encounter in our daily lives, and the world needs more kind words and praise to negate the glut of harsh criticism and gossip. I know that I made Donald’s day, and truth be told, he made mine.
Just one thing each day . . .
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