Wednesday, November 10, 2010

What do we want to accomplish?

I had the opportunity to talk to a lady who worked at a hotel this morning and towards the end of the conversation, I asked the question, "What do you want to accomplish today?".  She looked at me and thought for a second, and then started to tell me her exact job responsibilities that she had to accomplish before she clocked out.  She then started to tell me what she had to accomplish at home and the more she talked the more I sensed her frustration with all she had to accomplish.  I noticed on the back of her t-shirt the mission statement of her hotel and I must say I was pretty impressed.  It talked about the attitude and desire to be the best they could be.  I proceeded to ask her what she thought about the mission statement and she said, "I don't have a clue what is on the shirt".  You need to know that she wasn't ugly towards me at all but her attitude towards life seemed to communicate "I am just trying to get through the day, nothing more". 

We have the opportunity every day to accomplish so many things and sometimes I think we let the day go right by us and we have not made an impact on anyone, our family, co-workers, etc.  We have the right to love life, make people laugh, leave them encouraged, see the best in life (even when the walls are falling down around us), serve someone without expecting one thing in return.  Tomorrow is a new day that we can accomplish great things in this world.

My parting words to her were this, "You have such a great opportunity to impact so many people everyday because you will be the first person the guests of this hotel will see when they wake up.  You have a chance to brighten their day and leave them ready to tackle life".  She gave a small smile and we parted for the day. 

Have a great day and let's accomplish something tomorrow above and beyond our normal responsibilities!


  1. What a great thought to leave her with. I hope she sees the value of how her actions and words can make a positive impact on her hotel's guests.

  2. Slade,

    It was great to meet you in the hallway at O'Hare where you shared this story with me. Your encouragement led me to believe I could do more to encourage others in my daily walks.

    Blessings to your on your journey.