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By Erin Pennington
April 19, 2013 12:01 a.m.

The people that appear to be happiest at their jobs and with their station in life have learned a very important concept. They have come to realize that those people that do their job to the best of their ability and are willing to uphold others along the way have come to serve. “Many acts of service cost nothing and take little time: encouragement, compliments, listening, gratitude and compassion. Anytime you affirm the worth of others, you serve.” (Chris Karcher)
Any job is worth doing if you can touch another person’s life. I recently had a pedicure to start off the spring season. An Asian man named Henry, massaged my feet and painted my toes. I couldn’t help but notice how much he loved his work. He was friendly, funny, and excellent at his work. He said, “I like this job, because when people leave here they look better, feel better, and are happy.” What a great attitude to have!
On the other end of the spectrum I recently had a former student tell me that he saw a former Principal and coach at the grocery store. He told me that he said hi to the man and that the man just kept walking. I tried to defend the person and said, “Well maybe he didn’t hear you.” “No,” the kid replied “that’s not it, he just never liked me.”
You are the only person that can greet the world uniquely as “you”. Your ability to serve a higher power and all of humanity lies in the way you treat other people and in the manner in which you approach life.

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