Early in the afternoon, the hubby and I went to IHOP for brunch. It was a beautifully sunny day; everything was illuminated around us. All I could think was, "What time of the day is NOT perfect for pancakes and french toast?" I can literally have it any time of the day.
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At any rate, everything started off promising. There was virtually no wait for a table, and the waitress was polite, delivering our drinks quickly. Service started off well. The operative word here is started. Needless to say, it didn't end well.
As we were sitting around enjoying our conversation, hubby looks up and say, "Hey, what time did we get here? I know it doesn't take that long to make waffles?" Once I did a quick investigation, thanks to technology's efficient time tracker via text message, I realize that it was more than 30 minutes since the waitress came with our drinks or to check on us.
So, hubby gets up and does an investigation of his own. I don't know if he went to find a manager or the waitress herself, but in route he comes back to the table and says, "The waitress is sitting down and she's on her phone." I don't know if the waitress sees him or not, but she immediately comes to the table with food. Semi-warm food. Talk about disappointing.
Here's the funny thing about this whole story, after she realizes she neglects our table, every second after that point she checks on us, asking how the food is, and -- wait for it -- apologizes for her behavior as she sits the check on the table.
All I could think to myself was, "Wow. You were not worried about your tip or payment until the check became real to you." Did we still tip? Yes. Was it generously?
This got me to thinking about mediocrity. How many of us take our average selves to work, do the bare minimum, but still expect to get paid on time? We want our jobs to be on time with our check but we are not on time to our jobs. We want our jobs to pay us what we're owed, but we never realize how much we owe our jobs/careers/projects our dedication.
I understand that this is not everyone, but that sub-par waitress made me think about times I would complain about my day job but not complain when it was time to see the zeros in the bank account. When I realized that my duties were blessings and not burdens, I began to look at my contributions differently.
Yes, we all have our good days and not so good days. The Bible even tells us that there's a time and season for everything under the sun. I know this. You know this. Yes, I understand that we get tired some times and we want to take a break. I understand that we don't always get along with everyone and we struggle with hiding our real emotions behind our professional smiles.
However, the thing to realize is that what we sign up for is not a burden. Any time we agree to take on something, we're making the commitment to give someone or something the best of us. We are saying to the Most High that I am grateful for the opportunity I have to serve selflessly.
Is it easy all the time? Absolutely not. But, once we begin seeing how we can add value instead of subtracting it, then we'll realize how each moment is simply a seed that will blossom into the future we've always dreamed of having.
Moral to the story, though: You reap what you sow.