At the sidebar of this weblog i say “Random thoughts about video games, books, and life” and i wrote a lot about games, one post about books and no post about my life, this one is for the “life” part … since we are at the end of the year i thought i need to write one post about something other than games.
Today i was the the barber shop, i never liked this place, i go there because i have to and since i was 4 years old i go to the same shop because changing the barber is a stressful idea for me, i don’t ask for much, basic stuff and i never ask for anything else, so the barber knows me very well, i go there, say hi and how are you, sit on the chair and talk about life and ask the barber about his life then we stop talking and he keep working.
My experience with the barber was always about me, i never thought about the barber himself, so i always feel i’m wasting time there and i get annoyed by the barber when he try to make a perfect cut.
Many years ago i thought about the barber and why he is trying to do a perfect job, and the conclusion i reached is this: i was inconsiderate and rude!
The barber wants to be proud of his work, and he want from his clients to appreciate his hard work, it is a simple idea that my younger self never thought of and i thought i’m a polite and kind person but now i know i wasn’t.
Now when i go to the barber i let him do his work, it’s a perfect time to relax and do nothing but some deep thinking while the barber doing his job, when he is done; i take some time to look at the mirror, to make the barber know that i appreciate his work, i thank him and sometimes i ask him to do a little cut here or there.
It took me years to learn this simple lesson, people want to feel appreciated, people want to be proud of their work, it does not hurt to give them few minutes to tell them thank you.