February is nearly a memory. I am linking up again with Emily at chatting at the sky
to recount what we learned during this short month.
I have been quite absent from this space but perhaps after you meander
through this list you will understand why the shortage of written words.
- It is important to say out loud who you are.
I am starting a new job on Monday :)
Although writing my resume was a challenge,
the interview process was also difficult because
you must talk about yourself. That’s the point, right?
When you take time to sit and think about yourself and
your accomplishments, a powerful wave of
acknowledgment takes place.
It is not about becoming inflated with pride,
instead it is a necessary reminder of identity
and place in this world. It’s all about
recognizing your gifts and giving thanks to the
One who sprinkled them over your life.
I was out of practice in speaking about myself.
I had forgotten parts of my personal history.
I am so glad to be reminded.
This weekend, take a sheet of paper and start
compiling your experiences, your accomplishments
and what makes you who you are. It might take
more than one attempt to let your mind expand
and roam. Then here’s the challenge, find one
person to share one detail unknown to them.
Speak forth who you are.
- I need to make root beer floats more often.
One way we celebrated this new job was to have
root beer floats after our traditional Pizza Friday.
I forget how much I enjoy this simply delicious treat.
- I love my Timehop app.
If you aren’t familiar with this app, through the
magic of technology, this app tracks any activity on social
media over the last 5 years and reminds you what you posted.
I knew I had given up coffee awhile ago but thanks to Timehop
now I can remember the exact date.
- There is power in a smile.
The photo at the top of the page was taken inside Salt & Straw.
If you are familiar with Salt & Straw, you realize the joy of being
inside the ice cream shop and not waiting outside in line. If you
don’t know about S & S, they sell wonderful sweet and savory
ice cream. They are local to the Portland area but now have a
shop in Los Angeles.
Carl and I spent Valentine’s Day poking our heads into shops
and restaurants along streets we normally race past in our cars
and don’t have time to stop and linger. We decided to embrace
standing in line at Salt & Straw. We didn’t mind the 35-40 minute
wait as the weather was perfect and we were not in any hurry.
This is Paige, looking downcast as she hands a customer a sweet taste
upon the cutest little metal spoon.
We didn’t know this was her name until it was our turn.
So let’s get to our turn.
(Recall lesson #1, for the sake of imparting a lesson, I will share.)
Carl and I walked up, smiled and said hello.
Nothing unusual, really our normal style.
Paige stopped and stared at us.
Then to me, she said,
“You have the warmest, most genuine smile.”
Looking at Carl, she said,
“You both do.”
We gushed, thanked her and quickly gave her our sample
requests because you know, people are waiting for their turns.
She handed us heaping spoons and continued chatting with us.
She explained she had been having the worst day and her co-workers had been trying
to cheer her up but nothing was working until we walked up.
We spoke with her for a few moments between yummy bites and making our
official flavor decisions. We exchanged names and she gave Carl the
biggest two scoop waffle cone either of us had ever seen.
Paige was so delighted she kept piling on the ice cream and was
giving Carl a free waffle cone as well.
She continued thanking us and expressing how we had lifted her day.
But in reality, when she smiled back at us, it made our days as well
and we were able to see how gorgeous she was. Truly.
She dubbed us Sunshine & Sunshine as we made our way out to
the crowd beyond ice cream heaven.
As we left the line behind us, we were treated to this view:
Smile at everyone you meet.
You may be the key to elevating their day.
Oh and yes, eat more ice cream too ;)
What did you learn during February?