Seasonal Postoffice lessons
Just yesterday I was assigned the task of going to the postoffice to mail a package and post card. In an attempt to beat the seasonal crowd I chose to go to a small office in a nearby village. In the past I have had no trouble finding parking, making my way into the lobby, and taking care of my mailing business. Yesterday, however, this seemed to be a bad decision. Parking was at a premium, there was a line of folks waiting in the lobby, and the clerk was struggling to keep up with all the variations that come with her job.
As I joined the line I resolved to see how I could make the best of what appeared to be what was turning into a long wait. There were nine of us standing in line, a couple of these were mom’s with babies in arms, and in the middle of the crampted area was a toddler sitting on a chair thumbing through the pictures on a cell phone.
To add to the activity several came through the door, with unwrapped packages in hand, made their way to the “if it fits it ships” kiosk, slected appropriate carton sizes and proceeded to pack, tape and label their packages without taking a place in the growing line!
Listening is best
As the line slowly moved forward there was a lot of chit chat, the shuffling of feet and boxes being slid across the floor, and several cell phone conversations going on. In addition it appeared that several knew each other as they exchanged amenities, asking questions aboout the holiday, flu at school, and travel plans. One particularly agitated patron made a couple of comments about how busy it was, asked why the USPS hadn’t added staff at this time of the year, and suggested that there be an express line. I thought it best to remain quiet but alert.
As I got closer to being “next” I noted the various exchanges between the clerk and patrons as they finished their business and left. Some said “thanks”, others “happy holidays” and another courageous gal said to the clerk, “thanks for your help and I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas.”
The Reason for the Season.
By the way did I tell you that “Scrooge” was in line that day? When he heard the Christmas greeting he blurted “Christmas, Hah!” It was then that an older gentleman, leaning on his cane while holding his parcel, turned and said to the gainsayer, “If it weren’t for Christ we wouldn’t all be here.”
Then I was reminded of a passage I had learned a long time ago far away from that busy little postoffice lobby:
“11 Today your Savior is born in the city of David. He is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:11-14 New English Translation (NET Bible).
Merry Christmas everyone.