Wow, what a great compliment...
We were having lunch at a restaurant in Quito, Ecuador that I used to frequent often. From the moment we walked in we were greeted warmly, and through out our lunch the employees, one after another stopped by to say hello and to chat with me. “Mr. Mauricio, how is your family, great to see you, we are glad that you stooped by…” All the staff felt comfortable to approach us and to interrupt our lunch, for a hand shake, for a smile, for a warm hug.
Paul, said: “The problem with our society is that we only see employees that are there to serve us, we do not see them as human beings. You on the other hand, make everyone feel comfortable, they like to be around you.”
Funny, I see myself as a jackass, somebody stubborn and always ready for a battle, yet with people that I believe that are in a weaker position than me I am completely opposite, I try to be kind and to pay attention to what they have to say and truly care about them.
So here is my thought:
Small acts of kindness make a difference when it comes to cultivating gratitude. When we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them, we show them respect and that we truly value them.
Keep in mind, when you have a grateful attitude you become more energetic and forgiving, and less likely to be depressed or lonely. Gratitude encourages moral behavior and helps people cope with stress and adversity.
At the end…we all seek to be valued, to be respected!