I left the IRS office the other day and relatively speaking, things didn’t go well (I was in the IRS office…how well could they go?!?!). But thinking about thankfulness, my conversation ended like this:
Atilla the Hun: “Is there anything else we can help [editor’s note: I use the word “torture” as synonymous with “help”] you with Mr. Castañeda”?
Me: No, I think you’ve answered all my questions.
Atilla the Hun: Ok.
Me: Seriously, thank you guys for doing your job. I’m sure you don’t get very much thanks around here, but I appreciate people doing their jobs well.
Atilla the Hun: Wow…you’re right we don’t get much thanks around here.
Me: It’s not like I’m happy about the outcome, but I am thankful for the good service you’ve provided and the fact that you’ve been kind through this process.
Atilla the Hun: I’ll need to mark this day down as the first day a customer gave me a compliment.
Me: Well, I hope you get more compliments for your work. Thanks again.
I left feeling better about the lousy situation especially since every bone in my body wanted to scream and run out like a mad man!