The Soapbox: Learning from a better example

Justin Crann
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Marvin Seaborg sets a fine example for the way I want to live my life.

Justin Crann

Seaborg is January’s Service With a Smile award recipient.

The award, doled out monthly by the Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, recognizes professionals in the community who deliver friendly and helpful customer service.

It’s rare that a week goes by in which I don’t pay Seaborg and his coworkers a visit at the Safeway gas bar on First Avenue Northwest.

Every time I have visited him, he always greets me with a smile and a warm greeting. We typically share a few minutes of conversation before I go on my way.

There have been days when I stopped in during a particularly long or difficult work day and left with a smile on my face.

And suddenly, the challenges of my day don’t seem so insurmountable. That’s the power of a positive attitude — not only does it make your own day easier, it’s contagious.

It’s something Seaborg understands well. When I interviewed him, he told me he didn’t like to bring negativity into his workplace.

He also spoke to the merits of his coworkers, who together comprise a great team.

Unlike Seaborg, I’m not always a positive person. There are days when I can be outright miserable. I can also be highly irritable and confrontational.

But meeting with Seaborg and realizing how happy he is with his life, I’ve learned a valuable lesson.

That lesson is two-pronged.

On one hand, I have to develop my sense of humility.

There are days when my ego is too large, and days when I take slights against it harder than I should.

On the other hand, I have to develop my ability to focus on what’s good in life. I’m only 25, and I have many years ahead of me. But life is still too short to spend a moment of it angry or upset.

It took Marvin Seaborg’s example to get that message through my skull, but it’s through now, and I look forward to following it as well as I can.

Justin Crann can be reached at 306-691-1265 or follow him on Twitter @J_Crann

Organizations: Moose Jaw and District Chamber of Commerce, Safeway

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