Do you remember that 80's television series, "Hotel"?
I loved the gracious surroundings and well-mannered guests.... and how, by evening's end, any challenges were happily resolved.
Color me "guilty." Guilty of sometimes falling into that old "grass is greener" theory. Those discouraging days it seems I can't satisfy all the people all the time. (Ya, I'm naive that way.)
.....Those days I fantasize swapping my desk's geography for one a few miles north. On Camelback, perhaps. No doubt, you "locals" know of which I speak.
So, I shared my silly reverie with a co-worker the other day. Startled by her response: "I think I prefer rubbing shoulders with those in my own tax bracket." I'd forgotten, "D" once lived and worked in Santa Barbara! Of course ... she's right.
People are people, each of us with certain expectations. It's how I react to those UNreasonable expectations -- and not to take things so personally -- that counts.
Which begs a question: Have you ever
I can certainly recall a couple! I’m ashamed to admit, I didn’t conduct myself exactly graciously. In retrospect, somebody should’ve shoved this list under my nose!
The Traveler’s Ten Commandments
Thou shalt not expect to find things as they were at home, for thou hast left thy home to find things different.
Thou shalt not take anything too seriously, for a carefree mind is the beginning of an enjoyable vacation.
Thou shalt not let others get on thy nerves, for thou art paying good money to have a good time.
Keep thy passport with thee at all times, for a person without a passport is a person without a country.
Thou shalt have respect for thy fellow travelers and their feelings, even as thou expectest them to have respect for thee.
Blessed is the person who can say "thank you" to those who strive to give good service.
Thou shalt not worry He who worrieth hath no pleasure..and few things are ever fatal.
Thou shalt not judge the people of a country by one person with whom thou hast had trouble.
When in Rome, thou shalt do somewhat as the Romans do; if in doubt, use common sense and friendliness.
Remember thou art a guest in the land of another..and he who treateth his host with respect shall be treated as an honored guest.
Before saying, "Goodnight", I'd like to show you the charmer who lives under my phone.....
.....Gifted as (I suspect) a not-so-subtle reminder!
Tomorrow morning, welcome to my world!
Have you a funny story or a memorable customer service experience you'd like to share? I'd love to learn!