What my job has taught me/Helping Others

I work at an ice cream/water ice place making ice cream sundaes, milkshakes, gelatis, pizza pretzels, banana splits, and so much more. I work the register, make things, and serve people. I admit my job itself isn’t the most important job in the world. I’m not literally saving lives. I don’t help people physically live. My job doesn’t make the world go round for the most part. It’s not even healthy food I’m serving. Lol but it’s sure delicious!

I always dreamed of having a job helping people like a counseling job. I always wanted to listen to people, inspire people, help others, and teach them some coping skills. And I still dream of doing this someday. But after years and years of working a job serving people and coming into contact with so many various kinds of people I have come to realize how there are so many opportunities, so many ways to help people in just simple ways that may seem unimportant but are actually very important to the life being touched by this simple gesture or act or word.

Just a simple warm smile and friendly hello can turn a person’s day around. Just a simple caring question “Do you need napkins with that?” Or “How are you?” Shows compassion and concern for another person’s life and well-being at the moment. When I ask “How are you?” To a customer at work, I am genuinely interested. I care how the person is even if I cannot really help out in significant ways. I see the looks of appreciation on their faces and I hear the gratitude in their voices when I go above and beyond what is expected of me at my job. I sincerely care about the customer’s satisfaction not merely because it’s good for business but because it’s good for the person. I learned how families and young children operate. I have learned how to make it easier for a parent or guardian or any family member to purchase a water ice for their young child. Most children do not want a small water ice even if they won’t eat a whole larger one. They want a big one. When they hear a mommy or daddy or other adult ask for a small they often start screaming and crying and throwing a fit asking for the big one. So I learned to hold up the smallest cup and ask the parents if they would like that one. If they do then they say yes and the child will not know it’s the smallest. If they want the bigger one, the adult will say no I’ll take the bigger one and the child won’t mind hearing “bigger one”. I have learned that’s it’s often easier to put a small water ice into a larger cup to avoid spills if the person is walking a long distance or is a young child. I take special orders even if they are difficult. I make sure they get their money’s worth. I stay after closing to serve the last couple of people when I know others turn them away and even though it’s more work for me. My customers and my job have taught me so much. I love the looks on their faces, kids and adults alike when they see ice cream sundaes and banana splits. Their eyes light up. So my lesson is that even at “unimportant” or “simple” jobs, there are ways to reach out and warmly, positively touch people’s lives and help them everyday. πŸ™‚ <3. I think this is one of the greatest things about living, helping others in any way possible.

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