Friday, September 21, 2018

"There are no traffic jams on the extra mile." Zig Ziglar

In Education,teachers often go "the extra mile" to help students to be successful. Countless teachers give up their planning time and lunch time numerous times throughout their careers to give that struggling student just a little more help, time, and encouragement.  Many teachers stay after school, and some even have online "homework hours" for students to ask questions about problems and concepts they don't understand.  Going the extra mile is important; it makes people believe that you have their best interests at heart, and that as a teacher, you truly want all students to succeed. I believe in going "the extra mile."

I had an experience this past week with an automobile business who went more than the extra mile for me. I bought my last two cars from Bill Gray Volvo Cars in McMurray, PA.  From my home in Pittsburgh's North Hills, it is 25 miles to drive to this dealership.  I stay with them, however, because of the great service and care I receive, as a customer and a person.  My late husband always took care of "car stuff", and now I have three men to turn to and to advise me on car issues, tires, etc.  I did not think this dealership could do more for me, but I was wrong.

I had my car in for routine maintenance on Friday, September 7, and I was issued a loaner car, as some parts had to be ordered and they held my car.  Little did I know that on September 8, I would be going to the Emergency Room and be admitted to the hospital for an entire week.  When I was called and told my car was ready several days later, I explained that I was in the hospital, and I could not drive to the dealership to return their car and collect my car.  I tried to get friends to help me, but to no avail. A few hours later, I received a phone call from the owner, Bill Gray, who told me not to worry, that he would drive my car to the hospital and exchange keys with me, a distance of over 30 miles, one way.  Not only did he do that, he also brought me some beautiful "get well" flowers.  I was so impressed, as were the doctors and nurses who heard about this gesture.

I don't know when any business has done something so nice for me.  Needless to say, i will be purchasing my next car from Bill Gray Volvo. I even contacted Volvo International to share my positive experience. Whether it is in the business world or the education world, going the extra mile makes a big difference. Kudos to Bill Gray Volvo for their exemplary service. 

Gratitude fills my heart today. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

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