I go there for my lunch each day, trudging in
With all the other tired and worn out office men,
Just looking for a sandwich and a coke to satiate
That hole that’s burnt right through our soul
With the drudgery of each and every day.
But then I cannot help but feel a flicker
Of unadulterated joy, when I reach the queue
And hear his laugh, his cheesy jokes
That brighten up our days. His job is far
From perfect, far worse paid than mine,
And yet he always seems to shine on us
With rays of warmth and yellow light,
Brightening our days, if only for a minute then
Fading to another boring afternoon.
But when my days are feeling like they’ll never end,
I bring to mind the happy guy who shows us how it’s done.
I’m always so impressed with the way that some people can remain incredibly happy (particularly when they are at work). There are some people who can’t even drive to work without becoming aggressive and honking and giving people the middle finger – so hats off to the checkout worker who has a genuine smile on their face all the way until the end of their shift.
I always tried my best to remain upbeat when I worked at the petrol station, but you do meet some nasty people when you work with the public and it makes it incredibly hard to remain friendly.
Yesterday, I got my second dose of vaccine and I have to say that the volunteers there are the happiest people in Britain. On my first visit the guy at the exit who was responsible for giving us our sticker as was left, totally made my day.
Yesterday it was the lady who booked me in. I was wearing my Orlando Florida T-shirt and she ended up having a whole conversation with me about how much she loves Disney and how she has been there five times.
And remember, these people are not being paid! And the people at your local supermarket are on minimum wage. So, if they can be nice, then you can be too. Stop getting all aggressive in the car and learn to smile a little more. You might just make someone’s day.
3 thoughts on “the nice guy at the till”
I tend to think in a jocular way that these folk run the world, when in more entire truth I think they will inherit the Earth.
Those people are so uplifting, aren’t they? Their positive, kind attitudes make all the difference, and their good will is contagious. I try to remember that when I’m tempted to be sharp with someone.
Yes… so true… I’m not one of those people, but I admire people who are, and I should be more like that.