This morning near the end of my walk, I stopped into Whole Foods to get a small bottle of Orange Juice. While I was there, I decided to purchase a few peaches. I then remembered a new recipe for carrot cake and picked up some shredded carrots. Remembering the carrots triggered a memory of a few other things I needed for the recipe such as Mascarpone cheese and crystallized ginger. As I passed the individualized containers of applesauce, I grabbed a few of those for no other reason than I like them…..and so it went.
When I got to the register I wasn’t sure I had enough money as I usually walk with just a few dollars in my pocket, just in case I need something. This stop at Whole Foods was clearly more than just “something” so I wasn’t sure what items I might have to leave behind. I asked the cashier to put the applesauce, juice, and peaches aside because I really wanted the cake ingredients. I imagine that this request could annoy many cashiers, but this young woman didn’t look annoyed, as a matter of fact she looked “blah” and rather sad. She said, “I don’t mind, actually it adds a little excitement to my routine of scanning and bagging.”
“Well, I have only $22.” I offered. “So the game is: we have to come under $22 and get most of these purchases, ok?” Just then I was reminded of something I used to do and began sharing the story with her. Years ago, I created a fun game for when my daughters-in-law came to visit. My sons would mind the babies, and I would take the girls to the outlet mall and give them each $100. The rules were that they had one hour to spend the money. They had to spend it on themselves (not their children or husbands), and the one who came closest to the $100 without going over won the game.
The cashier perked up and smiled. “That’s cool, I like that.” she said. “Ok, $22, lete’s see what we can do with that! We ended up giving up the applesauce and peaches, and had a few laughs along the way. As I was leaving, the cashier added, “Thanks! That was fun! Lately I have just been going through the motions of scanning and bagging groceries and collecting money, hardly relating to the customers at all. I have to change that.”
“Hmmm,” I muttered. “Your job is much more than just scanning groceries, right? She responded with more energy than I had seen up to that point. “Yeah”, she said. “My job is about helping the people who shop here. I have to do better. I am really glad you came to my register.”
It will not surprise you to know that I suggested she read SUCCESTROGEN nor that I will go to her register again. You know how I always talk about my purpose or “mission”? Well, there it was right in Whole Foods Market!–the chance to change someone’s perspective to a more positive one.
Women who have high SUCCESSTROGEN levels are clear about their mission, whatever it is, and they continue to look for opportunities to carry it out. I am clear about mine, but I can improve on actively pursuing those opportunities more often.
Are you clear on your mission in life?–and are you aware that your opportunities may come up any time or place????? Look for them!!!