I’ve been told good help is not only hard to find but almost impossible as I attempt a year long journey on house repairs. Right now I’m trying to get a wall painted that was damaged by water from a roof leak. The wall has been in it’s present condition for two years but I’m not complaining. I finally found someone who wanted to repair the damaged part of the roof and not the whole roof. That took two years as I fought with insurance agents and roofing companies on what really needed to be done to the roof. Finally we have moved beyond and there is not longer a risk of a leak.
I was so excited I jumped right into the paint job. The first guy must have summed me up to be a fool when he quoted 2,000 for one room. I think people should be paid what they asked for as entrepreneurs in the free world. So I told him thanks for his time and that I would have to get back to him shortly all the while I was cursing him out under my breath. I then went to the sea of friends and found other resources. Because it’s my money and I too have the right to decide how much I want to pay. The next runner up gave me a quote that was over 50% cheaper and brought a smile to my face. We had a deal.
My painter has stood me up two times. I mean he responded and shared some situations had come up. The second time he stood at my door as he explained. And honestly I saw a genuine person not talking no bull shit. I actually developed concern as he relayed to me what had come up. I was a little disappointed but totally understanding. My wall wasn’t going to get worked on that day but he had a situation that could affect his livelihood. I get it. There are real things happening to folks in life and we need to be more generous and kind to one another. It will come back I promise.
Honestly, I felt good about extending kindness. By the way, my potential painter looked really bad. I think all of us could be more kind with one another. So many are like tight rubber bands as they go through their day. An it’s okay. A smile. A hug. A pause. Take time to notice a child. Have a conversation with a stranger. Like folks statuses on fb page. Give out 10 compliments. Pay for the person’s grocery behind you (if it’s under 5.00 right). Laugh at a joke that’s not funny. Look at the lines in an elderly person’s face. Spend quality time with someone. Take a different route home. Play a game with your family. Hug someone for a long time until they let you go. Write a letter and mail it. Shovel your neighbor’s sidewalk. Hold the door open for the person behind you. I think you get my point. Reclaim kindness.