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Monday, April 25, 2011

Compassion

CAUTION: RANT AHEAD!

I have been thinking about "compassion".... truly caring for your fellow man. I have seen this in action and more often I have witnessed the lack of it in more people these days. People in the Service industry are treated with little regard by those that believe they are entitled to be treated  like they are members of Royalty with some unknown status of righteousness. I just wish more people would act like they cared for more people than they do themselves. People that work in Restaurants, Retail Outlets, Hospital's and the like are there to Serve you to the best of their abilities and receive a massive dose of  misuse and abuse daily and I believe they should be honored for their efforts more often instead of being belittled and snapped at. If a store doesn't carry something and the staff has tried to locate it to the best of their abilities don't jump down their throat because you want something to magically appear; have a little understanding for the wait staff who stay on their feet for hours on end in a hot and humid environment and understand that they are working in places where payroll is cut to a minimum to save the company money and that they are stressed to the max because they are doing the work of 3 or more people. Don't enter a place of business with a chip on your shoulder looking for the negative so you have the opportunity to snap at the staff - look more for the positive.

It only takes one act of true kindness and understanding to make someone's situation seem so much better. So I'm going to try to do my best to do more Random Act's of Kindness to uplift my fellow man and not tear them down. In times like these when so very many people are struggling to just get by I believe more people should do more to make even a few moments here and there a little better for them. We've been fortunate to have the love and compassion of family to help us through our ordeal but there are people that don't have that and a random act of kindness from a stranger can do so much for them. So as much as we appreciate what we have and the support we have been given I would encourage more people to appreciate the strangers in their lives that may be going through a rough spot themselves and need uplifting so they don't give up "hope" - it's a terrible thing to feel there is no hope for better times.

6 comments:

  1. Well said. This is something we can all do well to think about. Random acts of kindness are so few and far between these days. It can be as simple as holding open a door.

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  2. Amen and AMEN AGAIN...I so agree that the service people get the brunt of the corporate worlds greed and it's just not fair...I posted on my blog a while back a BIG Thank You to ALL the service people we have met since my husbands injury last (July 21, 2010)...A Random Act of Kindness...just a Thank You, smile...You Betcha...~HUGS~~ (And ex-bank manager by trade)

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  3. This is such a timely post. My husband and I went out for breakfast yesterday to a buffet style restaurant. One lady was ranting about the restaurant not cooking the grits to her liking. Finally I asked her if this was her first visit to the restaurant. She replied "no, we come here every week" and the grits are always the same. I couldn't help myself, I asked her if she was aware there were other restaurants in the area. She and her husband left just a few minutes later and after they left, three servers came over and told me they'd been wanting to say that same thing for weeks but didn't want to get fired.

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  4. Amen! I'll add something to your rant...I've seen people go through the line at a store and never stop talking on their cell phone-never even looking at the clerk who is checking them out.That is so rude. Have the courtesy to acknowledge the people helping you. It only takes a second to give a smile and a kind word.

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  5. I couldn't agree more. These people are paid to do a job not to suffer unthinking comments by customers with no social manners. It's better not to say anything if you can't say something nice.

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  6. I always go out of my way to smile and be polite to people in these jobs even when I don't feel like it. I worked retail a long time ago and I guess you never forget what it was like. I figure they probably don't see many happy faces during the day and a little conversation usually brightens them up -- sometimes they say they are having a hard day or whatever. Doesn't cost a thing to be nice! PS Have to agree with Patti -- the cell phone thing is way beyond rude.

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