Can you say something nice?
Did you know that when something goes wrong, you’ll tell an average of 25 people about it?
And when things go right, you may tell one?
I like lemonade, especially when it gets squeezed it directly from a lemon and we add a teaspoon of simple syrup.
We live in a world where bad news sells. I think we want the good news stories, but we still rivet unconsciously to the things that potentially ruin our day
It makes better stories.
It’s these negative stories that have me concerned.
A dash of sugar in a sour world changes every thing.
I quit Facebook back in 2017. Admittedly, there are times I find myself exploring information on it. But I quit. There was too much negativity, too much victimitus and too much whining and complaining. It didn’t come from everyone, but it came from enough that I found myself pulled into the same negative space. And I didn’t like what it was doing for me.
This week, I was sitting in circle at my favourite place on the planet and a wise man asked what was the favourite part of the week. He then went on to say that without verbalizing the positive event, the human brain automatically searches for the negative.
“The food could’ve been better”.
“There wasn’t enough wine”.
“There was too much wine”.
“The instructors went too fast”.
“The instructors went too slow”.
My guru went on to say that evaluation forms at the end of a session searches for the negative events, in the hopes of making the session better. But this activity actually imprints the negative to the participant's mind and forces an undesirable feeling.
No sugar, no lemonade.
I have not enjoyed my experience on Air Canada for years. It is rare that someone from the organization makes me feel like a valued customer. Yet this week, my flight was cancelled on Air Canada and it forced me to stay overnight in Austin, Texas.
I’ve seen flights get cancelled before and the room gets filled with smoke bombs and hand grenades.
Yet this time, there were high fives, fist bumps, handshakes and smiles from all inconvenienced passengers.
The staff responded in clockwork fashion, without getting bitchy and whiny. They accommodated everyone and averted a potential disaster. I watched a ticket agent beg over the phone for a hotel room. No less than 7 times, did he say, “Please save me that room” in a row. It was awesome. He was saving the room for ME.
He helped me check in for the next day's flight from my phone.
He gave me the number of the shuttle I needed to call to get to my free hotel room.
And then he gave me $40 in food vouchers.
Air Canada went above and beyond to help the stranded customers.
It was unexpected.
I was delighted.
It was this type of experience that makes me want to use Air Canada more.
In keeping with the wise man’s words, the best part of my flight was the way Air Canada converted a bad situation into an excellent experience.
They finally figured out how to add a little bit of sugar into a mouth curdling event.
I never thought I could say this but,Thanks for the lemonade Air Canada!