By the time 5 o’clock rolled around yesterday I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. My day had started early, before 5am, and I had spent the bulk of those 12 hours running around town completing errands in between meetings.
You know that great feeling you get when you’ve had a super productive day? Well that was the kind of day I had. As an added bonus, EVERY SINGLE PERSON I ran into was extraordinarily friendly and helpful; the vet tech, the guy at the flooring store, the dry cleaner dude, the clerk at the grocery store, our lawyer, the gal who helped me at Petsmart, our neighbor..
Not only was everyone helpful, everyone was connecting on a more personal level..I got details on a child’s internship in Russia, a wife’s job at Lowes, tips on how to evaluate bourbon, one person’s childhood love of Easy Bake Ovens and another’s recollection of summers watching Dragnet on TV.
As a kid I used to listen to Dragnet on American Forces Network-Europe using my little, handheld radio with an earpiece (just one) stuck into my ear. I adored that series with its door slams and footsteps and the narrator’s interesting voice.
We laughed and sighed at the shared, sweet memory.
Sometimes all it takes to turn a busy day into a wonderful day is to add a few extra minutes to our interactions with others. Consider it a conversational “bonus round.” Believe me, it will add value to your day.