Choose to be Patient

January 8, 2013

Walmart deserves to have its own circle in hell. Especially after business hours on a weeknight.

There are crying babies everywhere, adults blocking the aisles so they can catch up with old friends, and general chaos that defies most laws. Usually I try to jet out of the store as fast as possible, but I often  choose the longest checkout line.

Because Brenda is the best cashier.

Customers in her line huff and puff as they grab impulse items from the rack near the register. But I find myself waiting patiently, because she is worth it.

“How are you, precious?” she always says. Smiling, she quickly groups my produce and bags my cleaning supplies separately. She double bags my canned goods. Brenda ignores the frustration toward the end of the line, because it is out of her control. What she can control is her own pace and how she treats each customer who steps up to her conveyor belt.

The only person’s behavior we can control is our own.

This has become my mantra of sorts. Each day I wake up with a choice. I can choose to be irritable and let the small stuff swallow me whole. Or in the midst of chaos, I can choose to be calm, appreciative, and patient.

be patient

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January 8, 2013 @ 11:37 am

And this is why you are a splendid human being. So glad to know you, friend :)

    January 8, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

    Back at ya, friend! Thanks for reading and sharing… and holding me accountable for promising to write each week!

January 8, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

The world would be SUCH a better place if we could all do this on a daily basis. Thank you for the reminder, Mallory!

    January 9, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    I agree, Tracy. But it’s a lot easier to say than do! Thanks for reading!

Linda hall
January 8, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

I am loving your stuff, Mallory. I find your thoughts real inspiring. Keep up the great work! Have a great year to you and Steve

    January 9, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    Thank you, Linda! Hope you have a happy, healthy year as well!

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  • Rebecca Zabel
    February 27, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

    This reminds me of a story V.J. Smith tells – one of the motivational speakers in my area. There was a Walmart cashier that always took his time and always had the longest line because he cared so much for his customers. He would sometimes help pay if they were short money too! Very neat story. Here’s a link to V.J’s site and a little tidbit about the book he wrote about this Walmart employee.

      February 27, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

      Thanks for sharing ,Becca! Crazy how similar these two stories are– makes me wonder if she knew about the story V.J. tells, or if she’s just that awesome.

    Leslie Kingsley
    February 27, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    Great post, Mallory! I wrote a similar one back in January on patience being a virtue and recognizing what I have control over. I too referenced Wal-Mart, it’s interesting how an environment like that instills impatience in us so quickly.

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