The movers pulled out early Sunday morning…leaving us behind to do all of the unpacking and the making of a life here in our new home. They were kind men. They were good-hearted and funny and they didn’t know us from Adam’s housecat…when they arrived.
When they left, however, it was a different story. You see, you can pack all of your underwear and your animals and anything else that you don’t want the movers to move along with all of the other things that they aren’t allowed to move and, in the end, they will still know more about you than some of your closest friends.
They will see all kinds of things: your pantry and your shed, your artwork and your books, whether or not you clean under the beds and behind the washer, whether you are a “big-picture person” or more than a tad OCD…they will see you. There is no escape from it.
They will know what you put into your mouth and into your mind. They will know what catches your breath and holds your heart. They will know what shapes your world view and they will hear how you address people who serve you when there is no influence to be gained or relationship to be maintained. They will know whether you are kind and generous and if you have a temper…or not. They will know where you place the highest value—on people or on things. Yes, in the end, they will know you. They will know. They will know.
They won’t tell anyone. I mean, really, who in their world would care? It may not make a speck’s worth of difference to anyone they know back home, but it just might make them think about things they’ve never thought about as they ride down the road to move their next family. Perhaps they will be more open to share at the next location. Maybe they will just smile more. Whatever else you think, they will be different, too…and they will remember your attitudes even when they can’t remember your name.
One more thing: it pays to be nice the first time. It pays to be kind and it pays to be friendly when you don’t have to be…because you just might get the one of those same people back to help you with your next move.
We did…and that was 15 years ago. (seriously.)
Thought for the day: who will you get to know this week? It may take some time and it will definitely take some effort, but don’t wait too long to get to know the people around you. Don’t miss out on what—and WHO!–is right in front of you right now. Who will you move?