When was the last time you complimented someone on their work? I mean how well they accomplish their daily employment. I recently overheard someone telling another man how well he was doing his job. “I appreciate
how clean you keep this place,” he said. We were eating a Frosty in a fast food restaurant, so I’m sure you’ve guessed where we were. The compliment was coming from someone who had experienced the opposite situation in other eating places.
Since this is a job I don’t particularly enjoy, yet must do, I’m always interested to hear some new tricks on cleaning. The conversation between the two continued and I caught the explanation that went something like this, ” It’s not hard, I oftentimes use scouring pads. “Ah, ha, I thought maybe they
would help with my daily cleaning.” So I bought Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pads. The first thing I tried was what I thought was a permanent stain in my “stainless steel sink.” It took it right out. Spilled cleaning detergent had left an ugly mark on my kitchen counter Formica. It appeared to be etched into the top. “It probably needs to be buffed out, ” said my husband, which he never got to. I had tried other things which didn’t work, but the scour pads did. The slate in my laundry had a terrible build up of “non-build-up wax.” I worked weeks to remove it and managed to get a lot of it off with sheer elbow grease and lots of wax removal products. Now every week when I scrub the floor, guess what I use? Eventually I may get it all.
Getting back to the worker at the fast food restaurant, he’s not the average custodian who puts in his hours, but takes little pride in his
work. His name is Tom Myers and he lives in Dallas. The next time we stopped in for a Frosty, I introduced myself, and learned that Tom is an organist, playing each Sunday at two area churches. When he cleans at home, mostly when company is coming, (I do the same thing.) he likes “Simply Green,” ammonia, and finds certain jobs, like cleaning commodes, are best cleaned with white vinegar.
I thanked Tom for the cleaning tips he recommended. Before we said goodbye, I casually asked if he had any hobbies. “I collect
vacuum cleaners,” he said. ” I have a Kirby, Electrolux, Rainbow, Simplicity,Eureka, and others.” Why anyone would collect cleaners, I’ll never know. However his hobby fits right in with his line of work, don’t you think so? Remember, I told you he was not the average custodian, besides doing a good job, he stays faithful to his line of work.
Back to expressing appreciation when someone is doing a good job, you may want to try it and in doing so you’ll not only make someone’s day but you very, well may meet some interesting people that way. Maybe you
already have a story to tell about complimenting someone or perhaps someone has expressed appreciation to you. I’d love to hear about it.
Here’s a couple of questions. Your answers may help me with ideas to write about on ShirlandYou. “What’s your biggest problem in life?” and another one that everyone can answer, “Why do you visit ShirlandYou?” I’ve given you reasons to write to me. I’ll be looking for your comments.