There are a lot of things I used to do. I used to change my own oil, I used to wash my own car, and I used to shine my own shoes.

Although it’s convenient to get my shoes shined while I’m at the airport, it’s not always the most pleasant experience. Sometimes the person barely looks up as they slap some paste on my shoes and wipe it off, trying to get the job done as fast as possible. But not Jerry.

Today Jerry shined my shoes.… and he really made them SHINE!

Right away I could tell that this guy was different. He seemed to care more than anyone else. He seemed to actually take pride in shining my shoes.

There was a point when he was putting the final touches on the shine that he just looked up at me and smiled. I had already been admiring the work he was doing, but that smile topped it off. I said, “Man, I believe this is the best shine I have ever had.”

Jerry kept right on smiling… in fact, his smile was so big that he was actually biting his lip to hold it back. He was proud of his work, and I was thrilled to be the recipient.

What have you done today that makes you proud of the results and brings joy or value to someone else?

In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of a major airport, Jerry took the time to do great work, and add the smile that topped it off.

What can you do like that today?