Wednesday, December 1, 2010


This morning we woke up to snow flurries and a dusting on the lawn.  It's a fitting start to December 1st.

I've been doing some Christmas knitting, though not at a pace I would like.  The things I have finished, I can't post because the recipients are my readers.  I can however give a few hints.  There's this...

And this...
and this...
and this...

I purchased something for my sister who is undergoing chemo for breast cancer. I made sure the surprise would arrive on Monday.  This is a company that I have used for many years and have always enjoyed their goods and services.  Well, Monday came and went and the big surprise did not come.  I called and found that the shipping details had been entered incorrectly.  A mistaken entry impacted me in a way that the mail order clerk perhaps had never thought about.  As I told the customer service person why I had ordered it and who it was for, I began to cry on the phone. She began to cry as well, God bless her.  I was not a number, I was a human with a story behind my purchase.
Her gift won't arrive until Friday and expedited shipping charges were dropped, but this got me thinking.

For all of you who work retail at this time of year, I applaud you.  Do not think that your job is just a way to earn income.  Every buyer is purchasing something for someone out of love or obligation.  You don't know the story behind each purchase, but you can feel pleased that your sense of duty to your vocation, whether temporary or long term, will bring joy to others in the long term.

Doing our work with integrity, serves others in ways we may never know.  Every job is important.  Each in their own way works to make our world a better place.  The man who delivers my water softener salt, the woman who rings up my milk at UDF, the gentleman who tunes my piano each have their own story. They serve me and I can serve them by being kind, patient and interested in their lives.  Try not to be distracted by the commercialism of Christmas. Instead focus on people and doing our work well. Our actions will be a fitting tribute to the One who came as a baby.  Let's have a Merry Christmas, shall we?

A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.
Sam Keen

1 comment:

  1. What a lovely story about the customer service person. :) Yes, they deserve a lot of credit. Very nice post.



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