Every now and then I take an hour long ride south to a little place called Aikin. Now, there are really only a few reasons this little place intrigues me. First, I enjoy the drive through the beautiful forests of northern, Minnesota. Next, I enjoy the hot cup of coffee at the local McDonald's in this little town. But, most of all I enjoy an old gentleman named Dennis.
Dennis and I are on a first name basis, but Dennis is pretty much on a first name basis with every customer in the store. Dennis is a crew member who sees to the needs of customers out on the floor. He serves coffee, cleans tables, empties trash, but most of all Dennis encourages with his contagious smile, enthusiastic conversation, and his propensity to just energize everyone around him. Dennis is an encourager!
Upon my very first visit five years ago, Dennis approached me and introduced himself ensuring me that if there was anything I needed he would certainly see to it. During his next pass around the floor he smiled as he told me a joke. Dennis laughs; takes time to greet every customer coming into the store, and generally just makes one feel really good that time was taken to enter this particular place.
More than once when feeling particularly bored or melancholy, I've gone out of my way for a hot cup of coffee to this special place. This special place is special because of this special person who lights up the room when he enters.
Become an encouraging person, for an encourager is an especially special presence in an often disheartened world.
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