How Much is the Ice Cream Sundae?

I’ve had some fun this week going to the Ilse of Wight to deliver two Mental Resilience talks for a large international company and then at the end of the week I ran my full day Masterclass to an organisation in Hertfordshire.

These were great fun and there was very good feedback from both organisations. This is very encouraging because it confirms my belief that I have a great product to help people handle stress more effectively and perform better under pressure.

These are a couple of the feedbacks from yesterday’s Masterclass:

“Very thought provoking and so helpful. Hopefully I can practice what we’ve learned for a more positive and happy life.”

“This training has been very inspirational and insightful. I loved it! Well done John!”

This sort of feedback makes it all worthwhile and makes me determined to get these messages out to as many people as possible.

I came across this story from America. It still makes sense even though they use a different currency to us:

Ice Cream

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less than now, a 10-year-old boy entered a coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “How much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired.

She was irritated

Other people were waiting to be served and the waitress was growing impatient. “Thirty-five cents,” she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.

When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. The boy couldn’t have the sundae, because he wanted to have enough money left to leave her a tip.

What a beautiful story

This story brought a tear to my eye for some reason and I felt emotional. Maybe it was the caring nature of the boy who wanted to bless the waitress with a tip because he knew it was the right thing to do. He was prepared to sacrifice the extra enjoyment of a Sundae so he could leave a tip.

Maybe it was a reminder of when I have been blessed with some kindness in the past. It is likely he learned this from his parents or significant others. We model people’s behaviour if we are exposed to those behaviours for long enough. Without doubt he had been exposed to this tradition of leaving a tip for service.

We can all do something nice for someone else

It is a timely reminder that there is always room for kindness and doing the right thing. When studies are carried out on happy people they tend to be kind and generous. When we do something for someone to bless them we not only feel good about it but something good usually happens to us down the line.

Thoughts for the week:

1. Can you think back to the last time you blessed someone with kindness?
2. What did it feel like?
3. I believe that the way to true happiness is helping others.
4. As you go through next week try to find someone to bless for no return, just an act of kindness, then see how you feel afterwards.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.

Warm regards


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