Opportunities to make a new friend are everywhere…even in the most unlikely of places…like a casino.
I have been working on the front line of customer service my whole life, so I am always meeting new people. My current job as a blackjack dealer is very customer service orientated. I have to know how to deal the cards for any of the nine different games we offer, take and pay the losing or winning hands correctly while following strict procedural rules, and be friendly and entertaining to my customers at the same time.
Sometimes it’s easy to be fun and entertaining, like when all my customers are winning and having fun. Sometimes it’s harder, because not everyone is winning. Sometimes it’s almost impossible because everyone is losing. Despite the hard times, I love my job.
Basically, I play card games and talk to people all day. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel like a job.
We are scheduled for 20 minutes on each gaming table before moving to the next one or scheduled for a break. Like any other job, some days are slow with very few customers, and some days are really busy. When there are customers at a table, time goes really fast, but when there is no one to deal to for 20 minutes, it can seem like an hour. We call it a “dead game”.
Because I have worked there for so long, I know most of our regular customers by name. There have been many times while I’m standing on a dead game that a customer will come over and sit at my table just to talk. We share our stories, and we become more than just customer and dealer. We become friends.
One of my friend customers is Mr. G. He is a Vietnam War veteran, and has spent his whole life trying to recover from that experience. He has had…and survived…five heart attacks. He believes he is still here to help other soldiers who are victims of a war experience.
His story…what he has learned…what he is teaching…has touched my heart, and now he is more than a friend. He is a mentor.
So, with his permission, I would like to share one of the papers he has written that describes what he has learned during his life’s journey. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.
I AM GOD
Today I will be handling all of your problems.
Please remember that I do not need your help.
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it.
Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box.
- If you find yourself stuck in traffic, don’t despair. There are people in this world for which driving is an unheard of privilege.
- Should you have a bad day at work, think of the man who has been out of work for years.
- Should you despair over a relationship gone bad, think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return.
- Should you grieve the passing of another weekend, think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, to feed her children.
- Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance, think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
- Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror, think of the cancer patient in chemotherapy who wishes she had hair to examine.
- Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking “What is my purpose?”, be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity.
- Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness, or insecurities, remember that things could be worse. You could be them!!!
Thank you, Mr. G, for being my friend and mentor while we pass through this time in our lives together.
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My name is Laura Mozer Davis, and I was born over half a century ago. My life’s journey has included raising three children as a single parent while caring for my parents who both became disabled during the last 10 years of their lives. Now that my children are grown and my parents have passed into the next part of their journey, I finally have time for me to grow as a person, not as just a care-giver. What I am learning, however, is that my destiny is to always be a care-giver. When I started writing for The Daily Sisterhood blog, I realized that I was to continue my care-giving through my writing. If my words help even just one person find either solace or joy, I know my life continues to have meaning.