So, this is not so much a post to our paperboy specifically. Honestly, I’ve never met him/her. This person shows up much earlier than I even think to pull myself out of bed, head to the shower and make my way to church on Sunday mornings.
And yet, I keep picturing those footprints that led from our driveway to front door last weekend … in four feet of snow! After a freshly fallen 18 inches, it was another six hours before the Association’s snow removal service even showed up. But there our paper was, lying outside the door, bright and early. Granted, it took some maneuvering to get the screen door pried open, but then the paper sat conveniently positioned for us at nearly waist level!
I may never meet the “paper person,” but maybe I can leave a thank you note next Saturday night. Along with that, I’d also like to give a shout out to all those who go the extra mile! Those who go beyond what is called for. Who literally deliver more than what’s expected.
What’s unfortunate is that it seems to sure be a lot easier to notice someone who doesn’t meet expectations. You know, the person going 45 ahead of you in the “fast” lane or the slowest cashier on the planet. The Internet connection that disappears when you most need it. Or the Costco representative who insists you’re not in the system when you know that you are. (Yes, there’s a story there!)
I’d like to get better at zeroing in on those like the paperboy. I want to
not only notice, but let them know that I notice. And be thankful. I’ll
probably still vent about the Costco situation, but how about if I try to
speak about the “extra mile” people two, maybe three times more as often?
I’m still impressed, picturing those footprints, deeply embedded in the mounds of snow. I savored the newspaper just a little more that morning!