I sped into my morning today full force. I am talking got out of bed fast, ate my granola fast, walked the dog fast, and rode my bike fast to my first meeting. It was a blur. As I walk into my local coffee shop, I am doing at least six things at once, i.e. I am checking my email, reading a text that pops up, unraveling my headphones, adjusting my turquoise leggings post-bike ride, contemplating my hair, and standing in front of a human being not making eye contact and trying to order a coffee.
He asks me this series of question, it goes like this?
How are you? What can I get you? Hot or cold? Do you want that hot or cold? Room for cream? Do you need room?
After the repeat questioning, I realize he has to keep asking me the same questions because I am being a complete and total arse on my phone and trying to multi task.
I put my phone down on the counter face down. I look up at him, pause, and I ask him, "Hey, can I start over?". He says yes.
I walk back out the front door and walk back in, I look this scruffy faced dude in the blue eyes and have a real conversation. His name is Chris, he says he is "living the dream" with a hand gesture and slight sarcasm and I order my hot decaf Americano with a touch of steamed milk, please.
Nodding with approval, he shuffles to make the drink, no questions asked. Simple.
We smile. I pay. And a human connection is made.
Much, much better.
Rock the take two when needed. Pause. Walk back out the door and walk back in.
You always have the choice for a do-over.