I apologise for my absence, but I have been out of SA for a few weeks. We all know the expression, ‘you don’t know what you have got till it is gone’. Well, all I can say is – as fantastic as the break was, I really am happy to be back…yes – cold, wet weather and all. More on this another time though, so watch this space!
During the time of my travels, I happened to find myself at the OR Tambo International Airport, in Johannesburg. In the middle of my brief layover, I popped into the men’s restrooms. A very normal experience, for most people on a day to day basis. This time was different, in a good way.
At the entrance to the toilets, stood a man – holding a mop. He greeted everyone with a big smile, and a very friendly “step into my office”. Something so simple, yet for me it made such a big difference. Here was a guy, who’s job is to clean the men’s restrooms at an airport – now I am sure he never grew up wishing he would be a cleaner. However, he is – and he is embracing it. The space is in fact his office and he is doing the best job he can, with what has been provided to him…brilliant.
The difference this man made to my life, was re-enforcing the fact that we all have a very special role to play in the world, and in this country. A person might think they have a very important job, which they might very well do…let us just remember, without everyone doing their bit, or working together, our jobs/lives would be that much more difficult.
There was no way I could leave the bathroom, without chatting to this guy. I knew that I had to write something about him, and share this experience – so I did. His name is Clive, and he was super cool and very chatty. I took his photo, which he looked at and gave me the thumbs up…Clive did have one request though, that I don’t put it up on Facebook – you got it Clive!
For me, Clive is another wonderful example about some of the fantastic people which call this country home. I sure know, I am happy to call myself South African. Man, because does this place only rock!
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