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Day 28: Write a Letter Praising an Employee

“A pessimist, they say, sees a glass as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and start looking for someone who might be thirsty.” –G. Donald Gale

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There is a man that works at the local grocery store who, if it were up to me, would win employee-of-the-month twelve times a year. He’s very friendly, has a positive attitude, engages with the customers, and makes entering the store so enjoyable that my husband and I have a made a point of doing the bulk of our shopping there.

As someone who has held multiple customer service type jobs, I know acting this way isn’t always an easy task. Customers can be rude, working conditions are often far from ideal, and the pay tends to be low. Putting on a friendly smile, checking your personal problems at the door, and representing your company in the best light possible can be challenging. There are so many excuses for phoning it in.

Despite this, Mr. Should Be Employee of the Month never does. He greets each customer with a smile, inquires about their day, and then offers his assistance. He goes above and beyond the call of duty, and I wanted to make sure he received some recognition for that. I decided to write the management at the store at let them know how valuable of an employee he is to them.

How many times have you received great service but didn’t stop to truly thank the person providing it? Maybe you expected it? Maybe you were too busy to notice? Or maybe you wanted to show your appreciation but didn’t really know how?

Writing this letter was such a simple way to show both that employee and the company my gratitude for his service. It was a small way for him to get the recognition he deserves.

They say kindness begets kindness. Well in this case, it couldn’t be more true

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Day 15: Tape Quarters to Gum Ball Machines

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” –Gibran

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Can I have a quarter? My mom heard this question on every single trip to the grocery store when I was kid. There was something about those bright neon gum balls that I couldn’t resist. Now, as an adult I still ask that question every time I walk past a gum ball machine. My poor husband.

I was feeling under the weather most of the day so I needed to pick a random act of kindness that was easy and didn’t require too much preparation. I decided I would head to the grocery store and tape quarters to all of the candy and prize machines and the claw games.

The grocery store is only about a two minute drive from our apartment. Taping quarters to the machines took all of three minutes. That’s a total of five minutes out of my day to do something nice for someone. Sometimes an act of kindness can be very simple.

While I was at the store I ran into a friend who knows about the project. She texted me later to let me know the cashiers and baggers were talking about the random act of kindness and how cool it was. Five minutes. That’s all it takes. Five minutes to do something kind. Five minutes to do something “cool.”

What’s even more exciting is that this friend shared with me that the people she knows who read my blog are doing there own version of the 29 Random Acts of Kindness project. When I set out to do this one of my goals was to be the first domino in a chain reaction of kindness. At only 15 days in I can already see this in motion. I can’t wait to see where 29 days takes me.

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