This week's Five Minute Friday prompt is Welcome.
What is the international symbol of hospitality? On one of my college exams, I wrote "smile." The answer was wrong, but I still got credit. The pineapple is the international symbol. Once I told that to family and friends, I started getting random pineapple shaped gifts. A welcome sign. A jewelry box. A magnet.
I studied hospitality management (under the guise of a degree in Food Science and Nutrition) in college. Twelve years later, I'm still in the field and I know that hospitality - the act of taking care of others - suits my skills and personality. My job is to make others happy. To make them feel welcome.
I do this outside of work as well. Often with gifts of food, since that's how I roll.
A warm welcome goes a long way. Introducing yourself to a neighbor. The person who sits next to you at church. Someone new to your city. A new co-worker. The over-worked cashier at the grocery store.
People may not remember the nice person - they're more likely to harp on the one who didn't tip, or who caused a scene. But you'll remember. Be the welcome. Be the smile. Be the person who, one small act at a time, makes the world better.
To participate in these scribing shenanigans
either today or next week visit Lisa-Jo's page here
on Friday (or Saturday) then write for five minutes on the topic she provides.
Then you can post a link to your post on her page. Finally show some love to the
person who posted before you.