Kindness in Service


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. -Anne Frank

Before reading another line, do you know what this image is or what it represents? To me, it represents kindness and service.

This image is of David, my Mom's refuse/trash collector though a window screen (and yep, Mom will be less than thrilled when she sees that I've featured her dirty window here...sorry Mom!)

About a year ago, I saw David carry Mom's trash can back up to the house after he emptied it. I was shocked. I wondered, "How in the world did he know that putting the trash can back would be such a huge help to my Mom? After all, he didn't know her. He didn't know that she was struggling to walk let alone carry a garbage can in from the street every week. Or, did he?"

It turns out his actions were his way of saying thank you to my Mom for acknowledging his work of collecting the trash each week. Mom thanks the mail carrier, the newspaper carrier and the trash collectors each year. That "thank you" inspired David to do a little extra for my Mom, not knowing how much it would help her in return.

I was informed, after speaking with David, that only one percent (1%) of the 20,000 people/homes he collects trash for ever acknowledge him, say hi, wave, or say thank you.

His words stopped me short. How many times have I not acknowledged someone working in a service job? I try to always smile, say hi and acknowledge others. However, sometimes I assume that when I see service personnel driving in their vehicles or doing their job next to me that they are too busy or perhaps don't want to be bothered with a "hi" or a "thank you." I now know I was wrong.

We have so many people working in a variety of service industries: military, police, fire personnel, meter readers, trash/refuse/recycle collectors, road construction workers, cable providers, etc. Each one deserves our appreciation and words of thanks. They should not be taken for granted.

The moral of my post: Acknowledge others. Go a few steps out of your way to say "thank you" to those in service jobs. The appreciation you express to others will boost their spirits - and yours.

Thank you again, David. We truly appreciate you. I can't imagine how hard it must be to have to endure the Puget Sound elements of rain, sleet, snow, wind and hot sunshine on any given day while hauling heavy trash containers. You've taught me a valuable lesson. Thank you.

PS: I'm a tad behind in visiting blogs again. Someone (I won't mention my name) moved a heavy oak desk by herself only 7 weeks after her surgery. What in the world was I thinking?? That question is purely rhetorical by the way!)

May you be inspired today!