Hello, my name is Melanie, how are you today?
The power of asking someone “how are you” is like asking someone “what time is it.” It captures the time and essence of someone’s feelings. By asking that question, it shows that you care and that you are invested in making a connection, an emotional connection in a moment.
My Mom has taught me the power of a smile and walking into a room and saying “Good morning, how are you?” This was a lesson passed down from my Papa and it is something that I hold near and dear to my heart.
I would like to share an experience with you that really resonated with me…
A few weeks ago my team and I went out to lunch to celebrate our colleague’s birthday. As my water glass was approaching half full, one of the waiters came by to fill up my water.
As he was filling up my water I asked him “how are you doing today?” to which he responded that he was “not okay” and he asked me if I saw what happened to him earlier and I let him know that I did not.
This is what happened to him…
While he was filling water at a table, he spilled a whole jug on one of the customers. He was so embarrassed, apologetic, and felt that he was going to get fired.
The look in his eyes I could tell that he was stressed and embarrassed. He informed me that after it happened he called his mom and sister to vent to them. I realized that by asking him how he was, I learned so much about him and how much I related to him.
We all have the power to influence and with that power comes great responsibility. We can choose to have a positive impact, or… have the opposite effect.
Over the course of my 24 years, I grew into my voice and I am proud to be growing. Life is about growth, and we are all teammates along this journey to support one another, and cheer each other on.
We all can drive impact whether it is in one person’s life, a hundred, one million, or more.
When I graduated high school, we all received a planner and on that planner said a quote that I will never forget, and I would like to share it with you…
I believe in you, your power, and your purpose.
How are you doing today?