AND Think About How to Help Others Contribute

February 4th, 2018

I was talking with a man who works in pest control. He carries with him whatever his customers might need for him to service them well. Well spoken, he knows his field well and can educate anyone interested in what works for the environment, as well as people.

He taught me that he is essentially on call for some of his customers in the summer who carry epi-pens for their severe reactions to bug stings and bites. Telling me how he prioritizes calls, he revealed that he knows which customers have these extreme reactions and when he gets a call, he goes immediately to kill the pests, although he would rather have the opportunity to treat properties before the pests can arrive.

I listened as he told me how he carries ice trackers for his shoes in the winter. He needs them for homes where the homeowners are absent or away and don’t treat the ice that gathers on their properties. Not only does he carry the trackers for ice, he also carries a shovel for customers who don’t either shovel or ensure that their properties are shoveled so that he can do his work.

With a smile and no-complaints attitude, this man simply deals with what greets him by being prepared for eventualities of weather for the properties he services.

AND I got to thinking about the number of people in our society who make adjustments for those who do not. How often do we think about whether or not we are doing our part to help those who are trying to help us…in any walk of life? How many of us could find more satisfaction, be more effective, and enjoy doing our part if we had the opportunity to bring our talents to bear before a problem shows up? How much more fun and meaningful could any kind of work be when others value our ideas at the front end, allowing us to prevent issues, instead of being on clean up for those who do not or will not listen?

It’s time we see and appreciate people for who they are and what they bring to the table. The diversity in our world means that everyone has a way of enriching another’s experience, if we create the conditions for all to contribute their best. So the next time we expect service and have not bothered to see the person trying to help us or the extra effort required because we didn’t take the time to think through what others may need to do their part, maybe we could pause and recognize how we do or do not contribute to a community or society where everybody matters, AND everybody has something of value to contribute, AND everybody gets to be valued for who they are and what they bring?

How much more welcoming would that be?

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