As a Boy Scout, one of the sayings before camping is to “leave the campsite better than you found it.”
That was easy in the woods, because there’s always a way to clean things up and make it better, especially if camping after a family of small children, or a group of rowdy younger scouts.
Yet how can we do the same in, say, a hotel room where everything is seemingly spotless?
My Promise is to strive to find a way to do so in every situation, which doesn’t always happen, but recently the smallest opportunity presented itself.
I entered the hotel room, emptied the luggage to make myself at home, and sat at the desk to begin my work.
It was then I noticed a microwave in the room.
Staring back at me, I realized the time was an hour behind, not making the Daylight Savings Time switch a few weeks ago, even though the bedside clock had been changed.
In reality, this doesn’t matter.
It’s a hotel room, and a hotel room microwave of all things, so…who really cares?
I figured the person who would clean this room every single day would never notice, and most likely a majority of patrons would hardly care.
But it mattered to me and my Promise from the Boy Scout days.
I walked over, pressed “Clock”, changed the time, and pressed “Clock” again.
It took less than 25 seconds from the moment I noticed it.
And then I realized this could be an interesting blog post to share with you.
So, like any good storyteller, I grabbed my phone, reset the time to what it was before, took a photo, and then reset it to the correct time and took another photo.
The same kind of thing they do on Meet The Kardashian’s – you know, reality TV that’s not really reality, but makes for a better story.
Truth is, the whole process took me less than 2 minutes.
What really felt good was knowing I had done something good for that room, and no one would ever know (except you now know, just so I can share this thought).
Resetting the Hotel Microwave Clock is about as insignificant as something can be.
And yet it matters to me.
It’s how I leave the place better than I found it.
And then I ripped the covers off the bed, chucked a towel across the room, and shaved in the sink, all for good measure!
How do you leave every place, any conversation, a simple situation just a little bit better than you found it?
Your answer is Your Promise.
~ Jason Hewlett
Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker
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