True Story How a Hotel Made a Big Difference by WJ Vincent II

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True Story How a Hotel Made a Big Difference

Here is a wonderful, true story from years ago, to remind us all how big of a difference small kindnesses can make in someone’s life.

A man and a young teenage boy checked into a hotel and were shown to their room. The two front desk attendants noted the quiet manner of the guests, and the pale appearance of the boy. Later that night the man and boy ate dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. The staff again noticed that the two guests were very quiet, and that the boy seemed disinterested in his food. After they finished their meal, the boy went back to their hotel room and the man went to the front desk and asked to see the manager. The front desk person initially asked if there was a problem with the service or the room, and offered to fix things, but the man said that there was no problem of that sort, and repeated his request. The manager was called and duly appeared. The man asked to speak privately and was taken into the manager’s office.

The man explained that he was spending the night in the hotel with his fourteen-year-old son, who was seriously ill, he had a rare form of cancer that had been diagnosed as terminal. The boy was very soon to undergo chemotherapy, which would cause him to lose his hair. They had come to the hotel to have a break together, and also because the boy planned to shave his head, that night, rather than feel that the illness was beating him. The father said that he would be shaving his own head too, in support of his son. He asked if the staff could please be respectful when the two of them came to breakfast with their shaved heads. He didn’t want his son to feel bad about what was one of the few ways he could feel like he was still in control of his life. The manager assured the father that he would inform all staff and that they would behave appropriately.

The following morning the father and son entered the restaurant for breakfast.

There they saw the four male restaurant staff attending to their duties, perfectly normally, all with shaved heads.

Small Things, Big Differences

Too often nowadays we are buried in our phones, tablets, laptops, watches, or whatever electronic device we happen to be using. We are caught up in our own worlds so much so, we often miss what is happening all around us. I first heard this story many years ago, the name of the hotel escapes me now, but it still warms my heart to think about what a difference that made in that boy’s life, even if it was just for a brief time. We don’t have to shave our heads to make a difference, just listening to someone, and letting them know you hear them, and that you care can make all the difference in the world. These are scary times for so many people. They are being inundated daily with the worst possible versions, of all the worst possible scenarios, and the gloom and doom is drowning out any semblance of hope or optimism. The only place they can get that, is from people like us. Take a moment this week to spread some positivity, some optimism, no need to argue with anyone, no need to try and convince anyone of anything. Just taking a moment to listen…and expressing in some way that everything is going to be alright, can make all the difference in the world. Stay tuned to Dr. Jay, Dr. Eddie, and everything TriplePLife has to offer, cause the world we all live in is still a fantastically magical place!

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Hope all of you have an empowering…full of learning week!

WJ Vincent


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About the author, WJ

WJ Vincent II is a life long entrepreneur who has been building businesses from start-up to success for almost 30 years. Some of those businesses have been as diverse as lake-shore development in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, day trading, advertising, telecommunications, internet, health and nutrition, as well as environmental products.