Once in a while I treat Emily to the breakfast sandwiches she loves at a local McDonald’s. (I am making quite a confession here!) On a school morning, if we leave by 7am, we have plenty of time to sit in the parking lot while she munches away and we talk.
There’s a middle-aged man who works in the drive-through who is there every time on that shift. We sometimes get him on the speaker when we order and, he’s there either in the money window or the pick-up window. Emily always notices. “Mom, he’s always so cheerful.” He is. He comes across always as professional, courteous and warm sounding. That is a rare thing in the service industry. So he stood out, even to my young daughter.
Today was one of our drive-through mornings and there he was. As I took the bag, I told him my daughter calls him “the cheerful guy.” His face broke out in a huge smile. “Well, thank you, that means a lot!” he said.
People like him stand out, because there’s anger everywhere right now, and it’s catching. I feel it catching hold of me thanks to the constant drum beat of terrible things that frankly, we can do little about. Yes, we are in bad times as a country, but that’s why when you find a cheerful person in your small part of the world, or somebody who smiles when they don’t have to, who treats you kindly, they shine like a bright light.
It isn’t easy to be cheerful. I think of the man in the drive-through and having to deal with the public all the time. People can be really ugly. Really ugly. But he somehow manages to come across as cheerful anyway.
Here’s to all the cheerful guys and gals who do their best at their jobs, whatever they may be, and treat others well. Whatever your employment, caring about excellence and caring about people is an awesome and rare trait to have. You are a blessing, and you are noticed!
(As a P.S., letting people know that you appreciate their cheerfulness may brighten their day. You just never know!)
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22