Column - Of interns, life and the Golden RuleBeing the photography intern at the Echo Press for two weeks has been a privilege. But I’m not going to write about being the intern.
Being the photography intern at the Echo Press for two weeks has been a privilege. But I’m not going to write about being the intern. Nobody wants to read an article about how a high school student learned how to take pictures and edit them; how he managed to lose valuable equipment while in the field (well, it was a pretty important camera battery). At the least, I don’t want to read that article.
Readers want something that’s fun to read, something that will leave them with a little lesson to take away from the experience. (I’m actually generalizing the readers, I hope it’s a good generalization.) Most of all, people want a good story to read – to be able to forget about everything going on in life and press the pause button, only to realize the remote doesn’t work.
In Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, life is compared to a story lived by each individual, and like all stories, some are fun to hear and some aren’t – in fashion with other books that provoke thought.
I wanted to apply this book to my life.
What had I been doing to make my story fun to hear and take part in? Graduating high school? Attending college next year? One of the main components of any good story includes a character (me) overcoming conflict to gain something they want (actually I don’t even know what I want from life; I just know for sure that I want my story to be told and enjoyed).
Now is the time I should zero in on a topic I suppose.
One of my favorite quotes from the book has to be along the lines of, “When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
In the social driven world we’re in today, that quote sounds like the skeleton key to unlock all of our problems at the workplace, home and everywhere. Personally I tend to “raise the bar” for my family, peers and coworkers. By that I mean everybody should know what I want and do things my way. So whether I’m working or taking my turn to be the consumer, it’s not uncommon for me to be a bit...demanding. Ironically, this brushes over the famed “Golden Rule,” which we teach our youth to value and make decisions based on. I’m going to make an assumption: I’m not the only person who forgets the Golden Rule.
Treating others the way you would like to be treated is such a wonderful way to start a new chapter in your story. It’s been a work in progress for me but I’m noticing differences already. Being a cashier in my occupation has brought out the best and worst in both me and at times, customers. If you were to poll retail associates across all time and space about their favorite customers, one similarity would stick out. Patience and cooperation are the most dynamic components of a good customer, even from the customer’s point of view. I find that when I don’t blow up my purchase of eggs into something much more than a minor transaction, everything flows better.
So, next time you roll up to your local grocer or retail venue, think about this mere column you read, and write a better chapter into your life.
“It’s Our Turn” is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.