Enjoy this great Guest Post from my very funny friend and co-worker!
By: Grace Lombardi (@Grace_Lombardi)
I’m honoured to be a guest blogger on Wishing is for Wimps. I love the idea of making your dreams come true – whether it’s that long dreamed of trip to Botswana or permanent hair removal on every problem area of your body.
I follow a similar philosophy in my life … Whining is for wimps. We’ve all had a friend who constantly complains about everything. It starts off as amusing, but then, when your friend complains that her recent trip to London sucked because the sidewalks were too crowded, it becomes annoying, and, frankly, a bit wimpy.
Admittedly, I have been that friend in the past, complaining and carping on insignificant things until my whole perspective on life was negative. Whining is a first-world problem, so, in an effort to alter my world view, I started to adopt a new philosophy of positive reinforcement. Kind of a step up from, “if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all.”
As part of this new mindset, whenever I encounter a situation that puts a smile on my face, I make sure to acknowledge it. And after practicing this for a while, I’ve discovered that living positive has its benefits … Sometimes it’s just the reward of feeling really happy inside, and sometimes the rewards are more tangible.
For example, one Sunday night at a time when my work was overwhelmingly busy, I realized the only thing that would get me out of bed the next day was the idea of going to my favourite café for my morning coffee. So I emailed said café and described what I loved about my daily coffee experience. I thanked them for giving me such a great alternative to the Starbucks three doors down.
Shortly after, I found a very warm and personalized response in my inbox thanking me for my patronage and also advising that I would receive a gift card in the mail. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything. The gift card was a bonus.
Likewise, whenever I get great customer service, I make it my mission to contact the company and tell them about my experience. I feel like in small ways, this is helping to make the world a better place. Or at the very least, it helps to keep me positive.
Have I become a wide-eyed Pollyanna? No, not at all. And when service is bad, I find my voice too. But I think it’s equally important to accentuate the positive, as the song goes.
So with that being said, what’s the nicest thing someone has done for you lately?
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