Nobody expects running a business to be easy. In the last year, my responsibilities have multiplied like baby rabbits. Checks have been written for taxes of which I had never heard, trips have been made to county offices I didn’t know existed, and the internet has laughed to watch me figure out the perilous realm of QuickBooks.
But not all surprises have been unpleasant. As Corinne and I were figuring out how to run a salon WHILE running a salon, we soon learned that there was a serious need for a Lost and Found box. You see, subconsciously, our guests like to leave us something by which to remember them from time to time. And while I personally am content with the quality of conversation we have, it’s not uncommon to also be left with a sweater… or a pair of earrings… or an umbrella… or a coffee tumbler… and once a breakfast bowl.
My personal favorite, however, has to have been the left behind vaccuum cleaner attachment.
That’s right. You know. That thing you stick onto the end of the vaccuum hose.
Yes, one of our guests left that behind.
Bless her heart, her toddler son would NOT leave his house without it. So rather than missing his hair appointment, she let him bring it along. And I don’t blame her one bit.
It’s moments like that, like finding someone else’s vaccuum cleaner attachment, that remind me why I love my job so much. We’re all living life, doing our best to be great at something, trying hard to catch a deep breath. And I just love that I can be sprinkled through someone else’s journey, hopefully a bright spot in their path, hopefully reminding myself and others not to take ourselves so seriously.