“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
We spent Memorial Day weekend in Orlando visiting the Disney parks. It was a terrific weekend even though it was the hottest weekend we have had all year! The heat index was over 100° on Saturday! Thankfully, we had some heavy thunderstorms roll through Saturday evening that cooled it down a little. Monday, my mom and I went to Epcot and had lunch at a sushi restaurant in Japan. If you are not familiar with Epcot, they have a World Showcase where you can visit different countries. It is my favorite Disney park! Each country is staffed by employees from that country; they come over on a work visa for a set period of time. Having people from that country working in the shops and restaurants adds to the authenticity of the attraction. Our lunch server was Nyoko from Japan. She had the best personality and lit up the room with her smile! We talked with her and asked her about her country and where she went to school. She has been at Epcot for two months as part of a 13 month internship program. She came over after graduating college with a degree in English and Korean. She plans to work for the Japanese Embassy when she returns. Due to some health issues with her lungs, her doctor suggested she wait a year to begin work at the Embassy so she came to Disney for the internship. At the end of our meal when she brought the credit card slip to sign, she included a note that read:
Thank you very much for coming! This job is a little bit hard for me, so I was tired. But you make me so happy! Thank you very much for talking with me 🙂 I really enjoy talking with you!! Please enjoy Epcot!
This note almost brought me to tears! What seemed like a normal, everyday conversation to us lifted her spirits and made her happy. I left her my business card and told her contact me if she ever needed to talk or had any questions about Florida. I hope she does!
We never know why we are put in certain places at certain times and how our presence can effect the people with whom we come in contact. Keep that in mind the next time you encounter a server at a restaurant or an employee at a store. You may be the one person that gets them through their day with a smile!