While at Christine's house one day, she asked me if I liked pedicures. Are you kidding? I workout all the time and my feet are in horrible shape, I love pedicures; I just never get them.
As it turns out, she received a gift certificate from one of her students but would not use it because she abhors the process (truly, I do not know what is wrong with her). Being the nice friend that I am, I happily accepted her offer to use the gift certificate. I know I know, it was incredibly altruistic of me, but I am just willing to go that extra mile to help a friend out. (ha!)
This afternoon, after a business lunch with one of the coolest women I know, I went off to enjoy a pedicure. Wow, my feet feel so much happier now, and they look a whole lot better. Halfway through this incredible indulgence, a woman came in and sat in the chair next time. Instantly, I noticed the ankle brace on her right foot (it's the personal trainer in me). As she got situated, I asked her what happened. She was told she has a partial tear in her achilles tendon (ouch) and now has calcium deposits around it. I shared my own story of aquiring a 6 in plate and 7 screws in my right ankle, and proceeded to ask her about rehab and the like. The conversation turned into her revealing she moved here in March from Florida, after she retired. Why here? She informed me she visited once and told her daughter this is where she was coming when she retired. On a second trip up, she returned to Florida as an owner of a townhome here and proceeded to move. Her sister bought a house in the area as well...all in a week's time.
We then discussed the oh so fun trials and tribulations involved in moving, and places to take items she wants to get rid of. Of all places to have purchased a townhome, hers is one mile from my house. Small world. I gave her some options, then, being the "genius" I am, pulled out a business card and told her to call me if she needed help (her daughter is currently out of town). She told me her name, said she appreciated my offer, and that I should expect to hear from her. I.love.that.
Being involved with this business is teaching me the value of investing in people. As a former teacher and now a personal trainer, obviously, I like helping people. In fact, that is one of the reasons I was a psychology major, I liked the idea of helping other people. More importantly, I like to put hands and feet on my own faith. Besides, I like practical applications: help meet someone's basic needs, and gain a friend in the process.
So, thanks for the pedicure Christine; I think it will turn into an opportunity to serve someone else.