We Have the Power to Make Someone’s Day

What are you waiting for?

Kristi Keller
4 min readApr 1, 2019


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I’m not always inspired to write but yesterday something very special happened to me and it triggered that good old inspiration I’m always craving.

This special something made me realize that we ALL have the power to make someone’s day, week, month, life.

So WHAT is stopping us?

I work in the hospitality industry as a bartender and server for a major hotel brand. I do it by choice, I love what I do, and nothing is more important to me at work than the guest experience.

I’d like to believe that the love I have for my work reflects in my attitude and recently, someone paid me the highest work-related compliment that I could hope for.

Last night, a lady sitting at a table in another server’s section got up from her seat and deliberately approached me. Here’s what she said:

“I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been watching you while you work. You’re always smiling and so friendly with everyone, and we’re sitting over there wishing we could have that kind of service.”

Then she discreetly took my hand and slipped me twenty dollars while saying, “Take this. You’re getting our server’s tip. You should teach her how to be happy like you”.

At first, I didn’t know what to say or which part to respond to. When she told me I should teach the other server how to be happy I simply said, “I can’t. You have to BE happy, and I love what I do”, and she told me it shows.

On the inside, I was gloating a little because the other server is an arch-enemy of mine and she’s just not a friendly person, at least, not to me.

I sincerely wished she could have heard what this lady was saying so that maybe she would check herself and her attitude. But I also knew this was not my lesson to teach.

The second thing I told this woman is that she just made my entire week and now I’ll be smiling a whole lot more. Inside, my heart swelled at the fact that a complete stranger would go out of her way to pay such a compliment to another complete stranger. She put an extra spring in my step and gave me a little more faith in mankind.



Kristi Keller

Write like no one is reading, because it might be true. Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story. https://wildhoodwanted.substack.com/