When i first went to Italy, and was pretty new to italian language, i found myself without work. So the first idea that I had was to find something fast to work.
That way i could learn fast italian and have some money to get started. So there i was without any clue what to do. But i went to a local coffee bar and said the only words i know in italian :” Ciao, un cafe corto”. With the coffee in one hand i reached with the other to a newspaper near by me. I took it thinking to myself:” Wtf i am doing with this i don’t understand a thing”. Moved to the page ads offering work and i closed it pretty fast.
A man near by saw that and asked me if i am searching for work in italian. I said, think i said it in spanish, that i don’t understand. So he started to talk in english.
At the end of convo he offered me a job to his hotel to arrange the stuff on different closets.
On the first day i took the elevator to 8th floor where i was suppose to meet that guy from the coffee bar. In the elevator was a guy siting on a chair that controlled the elevator and guide it to the floor we needed. He was always smiling although the other guys were always to tired or bored to smile back.
So when i saw him i said :”Ciao” ( hi in italian), and smile back. After 2 weeks saying hy to him became a rutine but i was glad he always say it back and smile. He was the only one making my road to work a little happy.
On that week the boss called me and asked me to stay a little more after work and wait for a man that will bring some meet to put it in the big fridge. So i waited and went to the fridge. This was a entire room refrigerated, if you know what i mean. So i went on the back of the room and set down the meet when suddenly, ya i think you guessed, the door closed with me inside. I felt so dumb. I reached my cell phone, yah sure, no signal. I knocked hard on the door, but useless again. I thought i would die in that room.
After some time i see the door opening.
Was the man from elevator.
I asked him how come he knew i was in there. He said he didn’t but i was the only one saying “ciao” to me on the way in and out of work and on that day he didn’t saw me go out. So he thought something bad happened to me ( and he was right, but let’s keep that a secret), and he came to search me.
So you might think simple words don’t mean nothing. But when you are honest and combine them with a smile, people will always remember you.
Please say hi and smile to someone, maybe you can change their day or remember you for the rest of their life. It’s free and only take 1 second of your time.
1 word can change or save your day. It did for me.