As Bahamians, especially women, we know all too well the importance of dressing for the occasion.
In fact, I venture to say that Bahamian women are among some of the best-dressed people in the world. One of the crowning gems of dressing well is to ensure that our nails are properly manicured and designed.
Some of us would spend a pretty penny to ensure that this task is perfectly executed.
A few days ago, I learned the secret to a great manicure. In the United States, it is fair to say that the people from the Orient, Vietnam, in particular, seem to have the monopoly on the field of Cosmetology, specializing in manicures and pedicures.
Truthfully, some practitioners often speak very little English, but have mastered the business and human sectors, as businesses continue to increase.
As I sat in my manicurist’s chair, last Friday, she wanted to know how my life had been since my last appointment. In fact, she inquired about specific things, like my children, my job and my plans for the weekend; all while, skillfully using her tools to transform my fingers into a work of art.
Her voice was soft spoken, her mood was friendly, her questions were appropriate and her manner was inviting. She was professional and attentive, endeavoring to add that special touch, ensuring that I was relaxed and comfortable.
I almost fell asleep.
During one of the questioning moments, I shared that there was a death in my family and I was having to travel for funeral services. At such time, she expressed condolences, became compassionate and even offered some words of advice.
I was careful to notice that all the other technicians were just as engaging as she, and the clients, like me, all seemed to be having a good experience. As new customers entered into the parlor, they we greeted in the same, warm manner.
At the end of my session, as I stood up to leave, my manicurist assisted me with my coat, placed my bag on my shoulder and gave me a big hug, audibly reiterating her sediments about my loss. As I departed through those gracious doors, I realized that for the past 50 minutes, I had forgotten about my cares for a brief time and all of this was made possible by someone who showed she cared.
A day or so later, I realized that my nails had some slightly, visible white sides, which suggested that I had not received the best manicure ever, but to me, it was the greatest manicure, which was worth every cent and moment I had spent in that chair. For about an hour, I was made to feel special and valued.
The secret of the greatest manicure is embedded in advancing people. By showing that things about others matter to us, we help to make the world a better place. We give others hope and courage, which spread goodness and discourage negative actions.
We build financial wells and encourage industry.
As we go about our busy lives today, let us take the time to show others that we are concerned about their well-being. We can do this by sharing words, treats, conversations, greetings, hugs and sponsorship. Put a smile on someone’s face, by acts of kindness and compassion. Watch how we can change the world, one person at a time.
POINT TO PONDER: Critical Actions Reviewed and Executed.
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Published Tuesday, February 7, 2017