#Reverb10 – December 8 Prompt – Beautifully Different. Think about what makes you different and what you do that lights people up. Reflect on all the things that make you different – you’ll find they’re what make you beautiful. (Author: Karen Walrond)
Whenever I go somewhere, I try to use people’s names. They wear those name tags and rarely does anyone use their name.
My favorite place to do so is the movie theatre. I’ve had the ticket takers and the popcorn makers ask if they know me and i always tell them, no, but you have a name, and so i’m going to use it. They appreciate it and it makes them smile which in turn makes me smile. It’s just cool to be recognized (not for me to be recognized, but for them). This one guy, we talk almost weekly, I’ll go in and say hi to him, using his name of course, and we’ll have a small conversation and he’ll ask if he’ll see me next week. The answer is almost always yes because I go to a movie almost weekly. I don’t have friendships with these people outside of the movie theatre, but they’re doing me a service by working there, and they try to be friendly and people aren’t always friendly back to them so it’s just a little thing i can do. We all want to be known, we want to be noticed, we want to be more than the job we do and it’s something small that I can do to make that happen.
The same goes for gas stations, I almost always use the 3 same gas stations and I know my people at those gas stations and we’ll have little conversations.
OH! and starbucks. They notice, and I know people notice because I can return after 6 months of not going to starbucks and they remember me and I remember them. They said a week ago “you think you can just be gone for 6 months and then come back and order your chai with no water” and I smiled and said yes and they took care of me. They remember, people remember nice smiley people.
One day I wasn’t so smiley, I was tired, it was the end of the day, but I wanted my propel water and reeses peanut butter cup and I stopped at Walgreen’s, my cashier, who I saw almost nightly because I stopped almost nightly for the same thing, he looked at me and said “smile” it made me smile.
I say their names, and that makes me different, and it lights people up, and the way my Walgreen’s cashier likes to see me smile, I like to put smiles on people’s faces.