Now, this story is one that points out the special value to America of some very highly qualified craftsmen. But, many types of knowledge need to be honored:
- Those that learned how to do their job – beyond the basics – and do their work with excellence. This could be a bartender who takes the time to pull the draft properly, the waitress who delivers your food hot and with all the garnishes, condiments, and drink refills.
- Those that take the time to instruct younger co-workers on how to perform their tasks with care.
- Those that don’t settle for a “good enough” job. I’m remembering several problem-solvers who made sure that the problem was properly addressed, even if it took a little longer.
- Those that treat their customers as though they were family, with care, respect, and a cheerful willingness to do everything they can to make their experience a good one.
- The people who, on the early shift, man the microphone, collect the money, and never forget to wish me a “Blessed Day”. Literally, service with a smile. And doing it before most of use even wake up.
- The cooks and kitchen staff who work the sweltering months of the year (or, in much of the Southwest, EVERY day). God bless them for showing up, every day, and helping the rest of us get fed. Please, if you stop by a restaurant on a hot day, ask the manager to convey your appreciation to the kitchen staff. Wouldn’t hurt to leave some money on Labor Day for a treat after work.
- Those who can’t attend the barbeque, because they were scheduled to cover a shift that day. Make up a plate with all the trimmings, and hand-deliver it to them.
- Learn the names of your mail carrier, the cashiers, the janitorial staff, and the clerical staff. Take the time to tell their bosses what a great job they do, and how it brightens your day to shop there/meet them in the course of the day.