You know those people – the individuals who have the most thankless jobs, but still show up everyday with a smile on their face. You know, Ms. Brenda the janitor that tirelessly cleans Brooks hall. Ms. Sandra at Snelling Dining Commons that hugs every student that will give her the time of day. And then there is the person that really got me thinking about this idea – a woman named Diane that works at Lamar Lewis Shoes in downtown Athens.
I went into the store on Saturday to try on a pair of hiking boots that Ms. Diane had set aside for me. I sat down in a chair and propped my foot up to try on the first pair of shoes – I assumed that Ms. Diane would hand me the box and come back to ask me how they fit. But, to my pleasant surprise, she began to lace up the new shoes and place them on my feet. When is the last time that someone put a pair of shoes on for you and tied them up? I think that is how it used to be done everywhere – I remember being a child and having the sales associate at a given shoe store help me with my shoes… But not once since then.
Ok, fine, so she was doing her job, right? But then I thanked her for taking such good care of me. Her response: Oh you are very welcome. I wouldn’t have it any other way. She wouldn’t have it any other way? Are you kidding? She was on one knee tying a pair of hiking boots for me that I didn’t even buy and she was sincerely stating that she would have it no other way. Wow. That just blows me away. Did I mention that Diane was no college student, but rather a 50-60 year old woman?
I openly state now that I hope that by the time I am 50 or 60 years old and still working that I can have that kind of attitude on life and my life’s work. Ms. Diane has a true servant’s heart. I have no doubt about one thing: that heart has allowed her to live a fulfilled and happy life – no matter what struggles and challenges have come her way.
Take pride in what you do today, but take pride in the fact that you are serving others. Concentrate on the positive impact that you are having on each person that you interact with. You never know what kid is learning from you. This kid learned alot from Ms. Diane at Lamar Lewis.
Thank you Ms. Diane, and keep showing the world what it means to serve.