Feel like flying today?
“Hello, how are you?” the coffee barista asks me.
“I’m fine” –which I am– “How are you?”
“I’m doing okay,” the barista replies.
Okay is not a fine thing to be. We can challenge ourselves to be better than okay. No one should be okay; we should all be fantastic and awesome and fabuloso. Right now, I need to be better than my fine, so I challenge him.
“Okay?” I ask. “Just okay? Come on, you gotta be better than okay.”
Here’s an aside: I love it when folks are in a good mood and share that. Whether it’s because the weather is nice or it’s 10 minutes before closing time, I want to know. Share your good mood, good experience so I can feel more than my reflex response of fine.
“Okay, I’m good,” he says. “Tomorrow’s my day off.”
“So you should be feeling great.”
“I’ll feel great in about an hour and half.” Closing time.
“Good enough. I’ll work on being great, too.”
I love it when a conversation comes together.
One of the best conversations I’ve had in the past year was with a convenience store associate. I asked her how she was and she said, “I am spectacular.”
“Wow. Spectacular?” It’s 10am, and I haven’t had my coffee yet, which I’m paying for at that moment.
“The sun is out, I woke up breathing, there’s gas in my car, I’m thankful to come in to a job I love and see people like you shining.”
I was breathless keeping up with her.
“I’ll work on being spectacular,” I said.
“You do that because today is a good day to be alive, and any day you’re alive is a good day.”
Finally found faith
from fifty fairies flying
forward facing glare.
Will you be spectacular today?
Are you already?