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  1. 3/1/2012
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    You bring kindness to everything you do. But I agree I might feel shy about asking to share too. GREG

    • 3/1/2012
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      Thanks, Greg. You bring sweetness with you everywhere too!

  2. I always want to help out – but sometimes if I’m really into a book, or something, or even daydreaming, I get all confuzzled if someone asks me to move. Maybe it’s because I try to eat alone and know that it can be weird.
    Also, I know that in other countries, no one would leave an empty seat between them and another person, no matter how busy or not the restaurant/movie theatre is.

    Regardless, this post is quite lovely.

  3. Erin
    3/10/2012
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    I think this is an issue that is helped by doing some world travel – in Europe, they simply don’t have the vast space that we are used to here in the US and communal tables are common. Some of my best travel experiences have happened sitting at a table with strangers! I’m always pleasantly surprised when someone offers to move to give us a seat…

  4. I do think it’s the little interactions that we have every day that make civilization run. If you can take an awkward moment — bumping into someone, reaching for the same box on a shelf, needing two seats together — and turn it into something that makes two strangers smile at each other, you’ve done your part to keep us mindful that we’re all in this together. And you do it many times a day. The importance of such small things is at the heart of why I love your take on service.

  5. 9/8/2012
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    […] may not be the easiest tool to use, but it works. So if you’re feeling lonely, do something nice to for someone else today. If you don’t feel creative, pull out the crayons and draw a picture. If you don’t want […]

  6. […] I continued telling my story about being an LA-based restaurant consultant in my Service 101 essay series. I spoke about the need for restaurants to consider teaching  better bussing. I wrote about restaurant concepts that work, why guests should keep an open mind when visiting restaurants, how I enjoy my work in restaurants, and how I am working a compassion practice in restaurant dining rooms. […]

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