One thing that I am positive about is that we all crave connection. I want to share a story with you about connection . . .
About 4 weeks ago I met a guy named Dave. It was a cold, very cold day and I needed gas. As a Costco member, I can use my membership and get a discount on gas and it is a convenient location. Like any other day, I pulled up to the pump not expecting anything in return. Boy was I in for an awakening.
As I stepped out of my vehicle, I was met with a cheerful “Hello! Can I pump your gas for you?”
I was speechless. Really? I’m at Costco, getting a discount on my gas price, and yet there is someone cheerful and smiling offering to pump my gas. I’ll admit, I said, “No thanks, I’ve got it.”
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If I were writing a post about being a gracious receiver, I would share with you that this is NOT an ideal response. You see, the way he connects with others, is through pumping their gas and doing a really great job at being warm and friendly while pumping gas.
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Many that know me know that I am outgoing and never short on words. I genuinely love and smile for everyone and am always up for a connection. So, even though I declined Costco man’s help, I said it with a genuine smile and show of appreciation. The pumps at the station weren’t too busy so he decided to stay and visit with me while my gas was pumping.
We entered into a friendly conversation about life in general. I enter everyday knowing that I have a choice. Will my day be wonderful and extraordinary or will it be dull and boring, maybe even painful?
If I have a choice, which I do, then I enter knowing my day will be wonderful and extraordinary. My day will be filled with brightness, gratitude and opportunities. The biggest opportunity that I have is connecting. Some people crave chocolate, some people crave sugar, some people crave alcohol, gambling, etc.
Me, I crave connections. I love LOVE connecting with others.
In an effort to connect, I asked Costco man his name – Dave. Dave asked me how my day was going and I told him that my day was wonderful. He replied by saying, “I don’t think your world has a choice. It sounds like you decide it’s going to be wonderful.” I told him that he was right and we visited about that for just a moment more as the tank filled to the top.
As I was saying good-bye to my new friend, he turned to me and said, “Jen, do you hear that whining?” I shook my head no. I didn’t hear anything. He continued, “That whining is the sun. It’s whining because it knows that you have brightened my day more than it has!”
I thanked Dave for his generous comment and we shook hands. We wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving and I got in my car.
Driving away, can you imagine how I felt? Dave, Costco man, essentially a stranger, had said some of the nicest words I’ve ever been told. To this day, I take those words with me as a reminder that you never know when making a connection can make a difference in someone’s life.
Please remember, you have every moment to share something wonderful with someone.
Stay tuned to read the update to this story . . .