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On Serving People Well

{It should be our moral obligation to leave this place better than when we found it. -Rachel Hollis}

As an event planner, I am in the business of serving people, and serving them well.

Sometimes that looks like bringing plates of food to the bride and groom, so they don’t have to go through the buffet line at their wedding. Other times, it looks like rifling through a dumpster at 1:00 in the morning because the grandmother’s cake knife somehow got thrown away after the cake cutting.

One of the first lessons that I try to drive home to members of our team is that the phrase “that’s not my job” is never something I should hear them say. Did you ever have a teacher who made you do jumping jacks if you said you “can’t” do something? This is the Magnolia Grove equivalent.

Do we get asked to do things that are beyond the scope of our job description? Literally every weekend. But if we get asked to help with something and it’s physically something that we’re able to do, you better believe we are going to try to accommodate the ask!

I am a Christian, and while I don’t opt to preach about the Bible or add scriptures in my email signature, I am a firm believer in the fact that you can live a life that shows God’s love, without preaching about it. As a Christian, I am called to help when I am able— which is not something that I take lightly.

I don’t share this as a way of making people uncomfortable, but honestly— if being kind and helpful to others makes you feel uncomfortable, I think we potentially have bigger problems.

Don’t get me wrong, there are literally dozens of times when I have shown up at a wedding with a migraine, or a head cold, or just a bad attitude, and a bridesmaid tells me how to do my job; in those moments, I am TOTALLY rolling my eyes when they turn their backs. But I mean, y’all. Come on.

Anyway… back to serving people well. Whether you’re in a service-based industry or not, I believe that this is something that we should all strive to be better at.

Picture how differently your life would look if you bought coffee for the person behind you in line once a week, returned a shopping cart for a new mama once a month, and volunteered at a soup kitchen once a year?

Friends, I challenge you to pick one day this week and do something to serve others. It can be for a co-worker, a friend, or a complete stranger. The act doesn’t necessarily matte, just so long as it’s done out of a place of love.

Go out into this world and make someone’s day shine a little bit brighter, y’all! I can guarantee that you will never regret being kind.

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