Friday, December 28, 2012

born to be nice

we're pretty fortunate here at Seasons Inn. we always say we're not the fanciest ('cause we're not fancy people) but we're the cleanest and the friendliest place you can stay.

those are things we can control.


and friendly.

especially friendly.

because being friendly is important. being nice is important.

treating people how you want to be treated is important.

we know that.

we get it.

it's been instilled in both chris and i by our parents.

and now we instill it in our boys.

they've been taught to be nice. they've been challenged to be nice.

they are reminded to be nice.

today as we were heading to the bank, my youngest and i had the following conversation.

Tommy: "Mom?"

Me: "Yes?"

Tommy:  "I think people who are at work should have a smile on their face. I think they should act like they're in a good mood."

Me: "I agree. It's not fun to go somewhere and think the person is mad or in a bad mood."

Tommy: "Right. Even if you're in a bad mood you should serve people with happiness because that could make someone else happy too."


oh, tommy, you are so right.

there are those of us who are brought up to be nice. those of us who are taught to be nice.

and there are those that are born to be nice.

because to them, being nice is just as normal as breathing air. it comes naturally. and without hesitation.

because they want others to be happy.

and as our tommy boy knows at such a young age...that's a pretty great thing to be.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

musings from the bathroom-running on empty

this is a sight i see quite frequently in the rooms at Seasons Inn. an empty toilet roll. oh, there's paper to be found, it just doesn't seem to always make it back to its place.


i find it here. a lot.

and here. a lot.

and in the middle of putting the 10,000th (quite possibly an exaggeration) roll back in the right place, i started thinking about people. about how everyone is so rushed. about how we all run from point A to point B and never really stop to enjoy it. how we never really enjoy life.

we're so busy MAKING a life, that we forget to LIVE it. and we're so tired at the end of it, that even the thought of putting the toilet paper roll back in place requires too much effort. (ok, let's be honest, some people are just lazy, but that's a totally different post!)

and sadly, how most of us find the only quiet time and sometimes the only peaceful part of our the bathroom. and i don't know about you, but i hardly think that's the place to be living life.

so i propose an idea. a goal. a challenge of sorts. let's all make a "my life rules" list. commandments of sorts to live by. nothing earth shattering or major, just a list of things you want to change, or improve, or do to give yourself more quality of life.

i made a list yesterday and it includes things like no computer after 8pm (to stop my endless internet wanderings on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, you name it, that sometimes leaves me going to bed at 1am only to lay there because my brain REFUSES to shut off),  all televisions off by 10pm (again with the 1am problem and i say "all" because we have one in each room in our house), and (imagine this!) going to bed by 10pm.

(here's the front of my list. i spared you the back because i figured you get the idea.)

it's not a pretty list. or a perfect list. or even a final list. i'll adjust it as i need to. and add to it when i need to. it's a work in progress.

kinda like me.

but i'm hoping that the quality of my list and the quality of my life greatly improves because i'm taking steps to make it that way.

because it's often when we take the time to notice something, that it finally becomes meaningful to us. and i don't know about you, but i could use a little more meaning to life.

and all this wisdom came from something we pretty much ignore every day.  who would have ever thought??!!

let's go out and live life people.

and let's start putting the toilet paper back on the roll.

for you.

and for me.

happy wednesday!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

starting over

it's been awhile.

it's been too long.

but we're finally starting this blog again.

a new name. a new concept. a new road.

join us as we journey through the day and life at a mom and pop (and son and son) motel.

sometimes it gets dirty...but there's nothing a little sweat and sometimes a LOT of prayer can't clean up and make look new again.

welcome to our world!!!