We recently had our biennial yard sale. We try to do it every 2 to 3 years to help us clean out our house and get organized. We also enjoy meeting our neighbors and the interactions that come throughout the day. Many are return customers and even remember what they had bought at the previous sale. We play good music, put out witty signs, and just really enjoy the experience.
As I was walking around the sale, I would listen to the people talking about where they could use an item, what that might look like on the wall, or what they could do with the item. These people weren’t looking at the item for what it was, but for what it could be. I heard comments like “well I can stain it”, “I can paint it”, “I’d like to do this with it…” They saw each item for something more than it was or different than it was. I think this is extremely important and I work as educators. There’s the old saying that people are who they are, yet as leaders, it is important that we look for more. To see something in others that they don’t see in themselves and help them try to get there.
Later in the day, as our old king size bed frame sat there in pieces, I decided perhaps it was best to be put back together. So with the help of our friends we did, and moved it out towards the street. Literally, the first customer who pulled up and saw the bed frame purchased it.
Was it the great price? Perhaps the beautiful weather? Or was it that she saw what the bed could be, and not what it was. What it was: simply 15 different pieces of wood laid in a pile with a sign on it that said “complete king bed frame.” But together, she saw the bedframe in her room, she saw it being decorated, she saw some new beautiful sheets on it, and all of the things that would make it work as it should and more.
Let’s continue to look for the best in others and get them into spots where they can succeed. The bed frame would not have sold if we did not put it together. Yet once we did, the first customer that saw it, grabbed it!
Keep rolling everyone. If I can help you with anything please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Quote: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes.”
– Marcel Proust
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