When you say “have a good day”—mean it!
I have a lovely 87 year old client who faithfully comes for her training twice a week and has been for more than 7 years. My younger clients aspire to working out at her age, and I am right there with them. She attends church and Bible Study weekly; even has the pastor over for Sunday dinners and family is important. Her gentle disposition and inviting smile makes us all enjoy being in her presence.
Joan shows a spunky side and at 87, has certainly earned the right to speak her mind. There’s no exception when at my Training Studio. Now, she attempts any exercise I throw at her <well, ok, not burpies or plyo pushups but she still completes 50 squats on the flat side of the BOSU, thank you very much!> However, during certain exercises she will say one of my favorite things — “well that’s enough of that!” She’ll declare it with such conviction and an absolutely adorable straight face.
Today though, Joan caught me a little off guard. Having just finished stretching her, I said, “Thanks so much, Joan! Have a good day!” She responded with “You too, Krissy” while gulping down the rest of her water from her Dixie cup. But then she added: “You know, sometimes when people I don’t know say to me, “Have a good day, I just want to say SCREW YOU!”
I think I said, huh? with my mouth remaining open. And not once, but twice—huh? huh? In a soft voice she continued, “when some people you don’t know say that to you, they are only doing it by rote; they don’t mean it, so I just want to say screw you!”
Ok then! Ha! Never expected that from her! But she made me realize that we really should be aware about what we say and truly mean it.
So if you find yourself half heartedly saying, “Have a good day”– best mean it! You may get a response of “screw you” and it may be Joan!
Have a good day!!!