I had started writing this blog post a number of months ago, but for some reason I just never got around to finishing it. I have a feeling that God thought that it wasn't the time, so I never came up on a conclusion for it. Resent events have occurred that brought the topic back into my mind, so I figured that this must be the time for me to write this.
Throughout my life I have meet a large number of people ranging from people who had a bunch of money to those who were penniless and homeless. I have met people who are well known throughout the world, to those that people forget within 5 seconds of seeing them. One of the things that has amazed me as I think back is a commonality that range in all classes, races and other divisive things that run throughout all of them, that being the importance of self. The more that I think about it, the more that I have come to an understanding of people like Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, Monica Renata, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pam Grier and so many others. They all seem to have one thing in common, that being that they put others before themselves in so many ways. Now I am not saying that this never put themselves first at any time, but they gave of themselves highly to others.
With one of my current jobs, I notice that it seems that a number of people have this feeling of entitlement that is amazing at times, then there are those who do have the entitlement that is due to them who are very reserved and quiet about it. We have had a few famous celebrities who have come in and taken care of their needs and you would of never realized that they were even there. One of the things that I have learned from those who honestly deserve the extra treatment because of their status but one wouldn't notice is that they all try to remember where they came from and the struggle that they went through to get where they are now in life.
Entertainment is great at portraying all of the supposed great stuff that happens when one has money, but it doesn't want to show and tell about those who worked for huge success but have no problem with getting out and catching public transportation somewhere while leaving their car at home. But it amazes me with the number of well known people who have no problem with coming and using the kiosk system to get the things that they need, and it also amazes me the number who will buy tickets in coach and not first-class. When I was working the night shift one time, their was a well known tv actress who came in and used the kiosk. Now mind you their were only a couple of people there using them, and it wasn't until she asked for help as she had a question about something, nobody bothered her, and even after people recognized her, she was kind enough to spend a minute or two with each person who approached her to ask for an autograph or wanted to take a picture with her. I have also seen this with other well known people, in that it seems as though they remember from where they started and want to keep themselves humble.
But I get a number of people who aren't flying 1st class who expect 1st class service and make demands of people that amaze me. Now I try to treat everyone the same, but some people are just so rude. What is interesting is that when one tries to explain things to people that they think that they know more than those of us who work there. I get people who want to yell at me, but I don't let them get to me as I know that I will deal with a bunch of people who will be great. What these people don't realize is that if they treat the people working there great, they will be treated as though they are 1st Class passengers.
The bottom line is that you always want to treat people in the same way you would want to be treated.