Recently, a clerk in the store was truly helpful and just wonderfully nice–this doesn’t always happen when you shop and have a child with autism, so I made a point of finding the manager and telling them what a fine job the clerk had done. To which the manager said:
Really? I never hear anything nice–I thought you were here to complain.
When I mentioned this to a writer friend, she made that inelegant old lady snort that I love to write about and then went to slap me on top the head and asked, “Don’t you ever read the reviews on Amazon?”.
Oh, yeah. Forgot about those.
I wonder about a Society where we will go out of way to complain, vent our raw opinions publicly, or consider snark as witty and not see or weigh the meanness behind what is labeled humor if only to mask what it really is. Apparently being nice or gracious in our Society, is like the scene in the movie Hancock where the public relations guru is trying to teach Hancock manners and poor Hancock can barely get out “Good job!”
Shouldn’t we be taking the same amount of time (and I would argue more time) to say Thank You? Or rather, Good Job.
So here is my EB Blog Monday Contest: Shout Out Monday
How to enter:
1) Leave a comment below with a short review of a book you’ve loved lately or a shout out to someone or a business that has gone the extra mile. Or if you have given a happy review lately, share the link in a comment below.
If you are reading this on Facebook, you can only enter at my actual blog. http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/2011/06/shout-outs/. Facebook does not allow contests via their site.
2) Tweet your shout out with the “#SOM” (Shout Out Monday)
3) RT one of my tweets about this contest.
I’ll give you all until midnight, PT, Sunday, June 19th to come up with your Shout Out and get your entry in. Oh, and I think this is worthy of multiple entries, so enter as many times as you like!
PRIZE: A bookbag with some wonderful autographed books and some other signing goodies. Make sure to check back here next Monday to find out if you won.
Last week’s winner of the Dream Booksigning Contest is: Melissa Cahill, who left comment #17 on the blog. Please contact me with your address before 6/20 and I will send along your prize.