I was standing in the corner of this restaurant in Tulum, waiting for our take-out order. It was extremely busy, and I had my back pushed tight up against a wall (trying to stay out of the way of the waiters and kitchen staff) but no one was looking at me like, “What is she standing back here for? or Move! or Back up!”…actually quite the opposite. When anyone caught my eye, they always smiled, and in my vain attempts to back even further up against the wall, trying to give them a little more room to navigate by, they always said, “Gracias.”
Everyone worked around everyone else with efficiency and a sense of ease, even though the place was full, there was a waiting line outside, 6 people waiting for their take-out orders, and it was at least 90 degrees with no air conditioning. I didn’t hear one raised voice during my 20 minute wait. No chef yelling at kitchen help, no waiters impatient with customers (or vice versa)…it was like a bee-hive pleasantly humming along… and I loved it.
Far too often, I’ve made excuses for my behaviour saying that I was hot, or tired , or not feeling well, and yet deep down, I know that I always have a choice about my actions and treatment of others (and myself!). The food in this restaurant was really good, but what stays with me, is the genuine courtesy that I was shown.
“A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string“. George Dennison Prentice
What kind thoughts can you think about yourself this weekend? What are you doing so well, everyday, that you take this part of yourself for granted, and don’t realize what a gift you are to the world? This might be a good question to ask your higher self over the next few days.