I LOVE a good bagel. Hot, toasted with cream cheese – yum. And while I mostly only have them while traveling (as a motivational speaker some of my most indulgent meals are in airports) I do know exactly where to go for the best ones here in my home town. So this morning, while standing in line at Einstein's Bagels, I saw Martin, busily waiting on customers. Martin is this REALLLY friendly guy with a great smile who has been at Einstein's for years. Before that he was at Manhattan Bagels, gifting everyone there with his great smile and pleasant disposition. As I waited for my turn, I thought about what contageous, happy energy he had and how it always made me feel wonderful to see him. I thought about how I had always THOUGHT about how great he was – but wondered if I had ever told him just how much I enjoyed seeing him. I realized I probably hadn't.
I approached him with my usual, "Hey Martin! How ya doing?" and then I acted on my prompting.
"Martin, did I ever tell you what a fantastic smile you have?"
He looked a little taken aback, and then sheepishly grinned and said, "Well, thank you."
I continued, "Oh it's true. A big part of why I come to this bagel place, besides the great bagels, is because seeing you always makes me happy! In fact, I remember you from Manhattan Bagels back a long time ago and when you changed jobs – I changed bagel places! Martin – you make people happy! YOU – ROCK!"
He broke into a really big (bigger) happy smile and said, "Wow. Thank you. You just made my day."
Really? I simply said what I was thinking and I made his day? Interesting.
And that got me to thinking. How many times had I thought about how great someone was, or what a nice smile they had, or how helpful they were – and that's all I did. I thought about it – without actually telling them. Probably a lot. And if you are like me in this regard, then I invite you to join me in my new commitment. When we see someone demonstrating admirable qualities, let's say something. From the always friendly check out girl at the grocery store, to the helpful customer service rep on the phone, or to your friend who ALWAYS says the exact right thing when you are down – let's tell them about the positive impact they have on others. Let's take our thoughts – and usher them out into the world where they can do some good.
Oh, and to all my fellow bloggers and comment-ers on my blogposts – did I ever tell you how much I appreciate your thoughts, your wisdom and your continual support? No? Well, I'm telling you now. You are wise and supportive and you make me laugh and seem to like my stuff and I'm a better person because of you. THAT'S how great you are.