Today is so-called hump day, mid of the week.  In my previous corporate life, I would have felt a bit relieved that I have survived almost half of the week as the weekends were approaching.

Nowadays, it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever as I have all the freedom and time to roam around town.  I did exactly that.  I met a friend for tea and talked about our dreams to become the pilot of our own ship instead of being a hopeless passenger on a bus going to where? Nobody knows for sure.

Since I was in an open mall, I thought why not enjoying the opportunity and the fresh air to browse through a few of my favorite stores.  No brainer, right?

I walked into Banana Republic where I have started purchasing my semi-casual garments.  I was greeted with a friendly welcome and a smile with an unmistakable British accent.  Immediately following the greeting, the shop attendant, an English lady named Julie, commented about my clothes.  Obviously, she noticed that I was “Banana” head to toe.

What I was so grateful for was an exceptional shopping experience attributed to Julie’s attentiveness, her natural persuasion skills and her innate sincerity.

Let’s recount of what transpired in the short twenty-minute encounter during which Julie played her role so well.  Firstly, friendly greeting with a genuine compliment; highlighting the deep-discounted sales and location of the racks/shelves; showing up at the right time to help me during my decision-making process; lending her personal touch to adjust straps to ensure the garment hang beautifully on me.  Of course, what impressed me even more was when she asked me about my origin.  It turned out that she has some Chinese gene as well even though you can spot her big and blue eyes from her Irish heritage.

There are so many events and incidents (major or insignificant) in our daily lives.  What we tune in determines our mood, our attitude and the outcome of the journey.  Be mindful and be present.  You will be guaranteed to spot the beauty and the kindness in others intersecting into your life.

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