Friday, March 7, 2008

Be the Best Dude

I was teaching Little Blue yesterday on how to fold his laundry. I was impressed a couple weeks ago when he put on sweat pants for school and I asked him to change into jeans. He didn't like it, but he folded the sweats up on his own.

As I taught him the finer points of shirts and socks (a good matching game, btw), he started to get grumpy because my clothes came out better.

Practice buddy, and any job worth doing is worth doing right. And if you can't do it right, practice till you can do it.

2 minutes later I was struggling to keep up.
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That brings us to Joe (not his real name), a man who was born with Down Syndrome and has more reason than most to feel sorry for himself. Of course, Joe isn’t like that. His condition makes most jobs out of his reach, but that didn’t stop him from getting a position at the local grocery store as a bagger.

A bagger is not a particularly glamorous job. It’s dull, repetitive work and the pay isn’t exactly wonderful. Joe didn’t see it that way. He wanted to be the best bagger in the store, if not, the city. So, he had an idea.

He went home and, with the help of his father, typed up inspirational sayings and quotes. Then, he cut them out and took them to work. Every time he put groceries in a bag, he would add one of the little inspirational quotes. It made Joe happy to spread a little joy, and the customers loved it, too.

It didn’t matter if another checkout was open, people would stand in line to meet Joe and get one of his inspirational sayings with their weekly shop.
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