I've developed routines in life as I've grown older. One almost daily habit is to drive to my local McDonald's, we only have one, and pick up a large coffee with 4 cream and 8 sugars before entering my office early in the morning. I always hear the words of my South African friend, Jeff, as I ordered coffee while living in South Africa, "Don! That's too much Sugah!" He never pronounced any "r" if it occurred at the end of a word. And, Jeff no doubt was absolutely correct, but my how I love my coffee with all that sugar in it.
There is another reason I visit this particular establishment. Almost daily in addition to receiving my coffee, an encouraging smile is given, an encouraging kind word, or a brief conversation with laughter is included. Now, I am sure that this is due in part to my approach as I once worked at a McDonald's, and knowing the difficult and demanding traits of some customers, this customer always tries to display kindness towards its employees.
However, much if not most of what I receive, is due to the affable nature of the people behind the counter. And, here's the sort of a goofy thing. I like going to this rather ordinary place because of its rather unordinary people. On top of receiving a hot cup of coffee, I benefit greatly from a warm cup of encouragement served consistently
topped off with a "have a good day."
Encouragement: we all need it. We all crave it. Most thrive on it. I encourage you to find encouraging places. I found one, how about you?
"I'm Lovin it."
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