At 5:50am this morning, I was waiting for Starbucks® to open before we started the Las Vegas CLNC® Certification Seminar. It’s hard to believe that in Vegas a Starbucks doesn’t open until 6:00am, but that’s why I was in line. Waiting. Patiently. For. My. Caffeine. Fix.
Behind me was a Subway® sandwich shop that had apparently been open all night (After all, it’s Vegas baby!). In front of the Subway was a long line of Chinese tourists buying sandwiches before boarding their bus to the Grand Canyon. I was observing them, partly to relieve the boredom of my wait and partly to avoid striking up a conversation with the young, drunk, man-child waiting in line behind me (After all, it’s Vegas, babies!).
I was amazed to see how much time, thought, energy and pleasure went into the selection of the ingredients for each of the tourist’s sandwiches. Each foot-long took an immeasurable time to assemble as the customer labored over the apparently infinite choices. Sometimes two or three tourists would be giggling with joy and excitement, clapping their hands as one pointed out her choice of ingredients. I’ve never seen anyone so excited about deli meats, green peppers, cucumbers or American cheese slices. I myself don’t get excited by chain sandwich shops and definitely would never photograph each step of the sandwich-making process as these tourists were doing.
I’ve no idea whether their excitement was due to a wide selection of choices (not as prevalent in their part of the world) or if they were simply finding joy in something small. Either way, what stood out for me was their happiness. Taking and appreciating joy in all that surrounds us, big or small, is a lesson every one of us can continue in our personal lives and CLNC businesses.
The next time you find yourself in a state of displeasure, take a moment and look around. I’m sure you’ll find something to be happy about. For me, it was the smell of the coffee and the anticipation of the caffeinated goodness that was about to come. Thanks to a group of young Chinese tourists and Subway, my cup of Starbucks never tasted better.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment and share some of the small things that give you pleasure and why.