So, I was at McDonald's grabbing some nuggets for lunch. The lady strolled over and asked me what I wanted."
"A Number 9, lots of ketsup." I replied.
"And how are you doing today?" I inquired.
She proceeded to lay out to me how her entire day had gone. She was tired and frustrated and wanted to get off work, which was in about 20 minutes.
This got me thinking. When we asked people how they are doing, why are we always superficial about it? We expect them so say, "fine" and get on with their lives, even if it's the worst day they've even lived through.
But what about when we do show a concern for other people? What if we were to stop being superficial and truly care about people we don't even know? What would that do for people's lives?
I told her that I hoped her day went better. And that it was only a short time until she got off work. I've needed encouragement like this before. And it was great when I got it from someone I least expected it from.
So, next time you're offered "fries with that," ask the person on the other side of the counter how they are doing? They may need it.