Myopia is a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away, also known as, nearsightedness. However even with 20/20 vision many of us (definitely me) live myopic lives.
Often we are too busy to look beyond our own little world making us myopic or shortsighted, which may be a kinder term for self absorbing. Granted we are accountable to ourselves and we know ourselves best so it’s not hard to forget about others and their perspectives. But that would be rationalizing uncharitable behavior.
I know, quite often I used to feel that certain people made it their mission to complicate my life, you know the type, but that was only because I wasn’t seeing them from their perspective. They had concerns that differed from mine and I just couldn’t wrap my head around that possibility. I would like to think I’ve grown, at least a little, since then.
This story struck a nerve with me so I’d like to share it…
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.
“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.
“Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it.
“Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.
By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
“Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left… When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies… You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
Yep, I’ve been guilty of being like the waitress in such a hurry to do my job that I wasn’t really giving good customer service. Whether we are in business or not, we should all become good customer service representatives. We should find out what the other person wants out of life and help them achieve it. We might only give them an encouraging smile or a word of advice, or we might even have connections to take them one step closer to their goal. I feel all of us are called to be good stewards of others—taking time to validate the worth of others. Happy Easter!
Upcoming Events: Saturday the Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held 2 p.m. at Heritage Park (unless it’s too wet than it will be moved to St. Denis Catholic Church parking lot.)
Also Saturday will be a Bake Sale and Dinner Benefit at Scooterz Bar starting at 4:30 pm. DJ Dan will play music starting at 8 p.m.
“Peter Pan” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Friday and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sat., April 26. For reserve tickets call Kim at 526-5590. General admission tickets will be available at the door.
Sat., April 26, “Kids” are holding a family picnic style fundraiser at the Amvets Post #66 to benefit the Relay for Life. There is a chicken noodle dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., Texas Hold’em at 8 p.m. and raffles throughout the evening.
Happy birthday wishes to Amanda Vencill, Joanna Cruz, Cory Donbrock, Blake Brewer, Wilma Zumberger, Florence Schwartz, Natalie Klosterman, Katie Huwer, Angie Bruns, Grace Ruhenkamp, Myrna Rue, Kari Mangen, Julie Deeter, Cathy Graves, Phil Mangen, Wendi Wilson, James Magoto, Jared Turner, Jerry Wilker, Megan Ward, Trevor Mescher, Mark Cordonnier, Dane Cromwell, Melynda Moore, Hayden Shields, Janet Luthman and Ethan Shields. Happy Anniversary to Kathy (Magoto) and Steve Monnin, Ann and Mitch Eiting, Jeanie and Ray Francis (21), Anne and Rob Klamar (23), Jane and Dale Meier, Donna and Glenn Monnin (45), Barb and Bill Ahrens (50), Vickie and Al Hetrick (51).
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Martha Borchers, Pat DeMange, Carol Larger, Rusty Whittaker, Brain Voisard, Dick Francis, Samantha Smith, Lauren Harman and all those in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name.
My sympathy to the families and friends of Pauline Coppock, Denny Winner, Betty Magoto, Erna Voisard, Collette Weaver, Jerry Lingo, Paul Rike, and Shirley Cordonnier, also remembering the lives of Gordon Yount, Edward Stephan, Dale Snyder, Roger Magoto, Bernice Paulus, Dorothy Barga, Helen Fullenkamp, Jeff Dirksen, Mike Sirch, Edna Wilt, Ruth Oliver, Gene Cooley, Glen Shappie, Lucille Coffield, Val Francis, Della Kueterman, Gary Hess, Bernard Shappie, Richard Wuebker Norman Bubeck, Marinus Ruschau, Esther Baltes and Charlene Hall as the anniversary of their passing nears.
Hello to Cathy Wilker, Sue Noff, Lindsey Otte, Lisa Phfiffi, Betty Kremer, Ted Winterrowd, Bob Paulus, Jane Pierron, Kathleen Hemmelgarn, Christina Brokschmidt, Jody Bohman and Fr. Jim Simons.
“Customer service is not a Department, it’s an Attitude.” ~Unknown
“One of the deep secrets of Life is that all that is really worth doing is what we are doing for others.” ~Lewis Carroll
“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.