I Love Being "A Regular"
Every Tuesday morning Pete and I have our weekly meeting at the same restaurant. This has been our routine for well over 2 years, so it’s safe to say we’ve become “regulars”.
Here’s why I like being “a regular”:
- Everybody know my name… I know you’re singing the song from Cheers right about now, but it’s really true.
- I’m comfortable. I can relax because I know what to expect.
- I order “the usual” and the wait staff know what “the usual” is for me. (In case you are curious, it’s a bowl of oatmeal with fresh strawberries and brown sugar and of course a cup of English Breakfast tea.)
- I know the other regulars and they know me. There is a fun cast of characters that share our usual Tuesday morning routine… we’ve developed our own little community.
Why does this matter so much to me?
Belonging. I feel like I belong. I have a place. There are people who know me and miss me when I’m not there.
It’s amazing how such a core need can manifest itself in something as simple as where I eat breakfast.
It makes me wonder what I can do to help the people around me become “regulars”? What can I do to help my staff feel that they belong? That they contribute? That they are needed? That they are valued?
Being “a regular” gives me a glimpse of the power of community. It’s the unique connection that we share as humans to love, appreciate and encourage one another.
So, who in your life do you need to make feel like “a regular”?