"If he can do it, I can do it"
By Maggie B
Published on 06/28/2009
Sometimes in life we have a chance encounter with someone who will change our lives forever. Someone who was in the right place at the right time and say just the right words.

All beginnings are hard. Many years ago I took my first real job. I was hired as a cashier in a restaurant. After a very fast training session, I manned my own cash register. The dinner crowd was just coming in as I stood in my spot. My first customer was an elderly man leaning on a cane. My hands were shaking as I tried to remember what buttons I was supposed to hit. This wonderful man leaned over and whispered, "When you're doing something new, just look over at the next guy and tell yourself...Hey...if they can do it, I can do it."

That man's words stayed with me throughout my working life.Whenever I faced a new challange, I would think about those words. In time I managed a very busy restaurant. When someone was new and nervous, I would repeat the advice given to me. I always repeated the story of when I was new and scared and how his words gave me the confidence I needed that day.

What's really nice is that one day I got the chance to meet his family.. The man  was in a wheel chair and was almost blind. He had been a steady customer and when he stopped coming in, I wondered if he was alright.  I stopped to say hello and tell them how he had made such an impact on my life and in turn, the life of others. The family proudly smiled. I got a chance to thank him and tell his family  how much goodness their father had given the world.