The phone rang. “Hello,” I said.
“Is this Mr. Weingarten?” the person at the other end of the line asked.
“It is,” I said.
“This is Julie, I’m calling about the ReMag and ReMyte that you reordered,” she said.
“Hello, Julie, and happy Thursday,” I said.
“Happy Thursday,” she said, with a tone of pleasant surprise, the tone I often get in response to my ‘happy day’ greeting.
“You wanted to reorder ReMag and ReMyte,” she said.
“Yes, I did.”
“We have the small and the large bottles,” Julie said. “Which would you like?”
“One bottle of each, the large size, please” I replied.
She took my credit card information and verified the address. “Is there anything more you’d like?” she asked.
“Sure,” I said. “Peace, end to hunger… treating each other with a ‘love your neighbor’ attitude.”
“How much do these items cost?” she asked. “And is there a shipping charge?” I loved how she just picked up on this without missing a beat.
“No shipping charge,” I said. “As for the cost, it’s paid with one’s heart.”
“That’s beautiful,” she said. “You’ve brightened my day with this conversation.”
“I teach Communicating with Compassion for a living,” I said. “I need to walk my talk.”
“Where do you teach this?” she asked.
“I lead seminars, and people dial in or join via Zoom. I’m not teaching any seminars just right now, though, as I’m focusing on my book. I am committed to having the book launch by Dec. 15 a the latest, in honor of mom’s 92nd birthday.”
“Can I get on your email list?” she asked.
“The website is down now,” I said, “it is being redone. But if you send me an email, I will manually add you.”
I gave her the email, and then she caught me by surprise. “I want to give you something because of the way you spoke with me. I will waive the shipping charge on your order.”
“That’s very gracious of you,” I said, touched by her gesture.
When I came home, there was an email waiting for me, from Julie. “What a pleasure to speak with you today. Here is my email address…”
And I thought to myself, as I often do after conversations like this: Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to practice “love your neighbor as yourself”? Isn’t it wonderful to add some joy to another person’s life?