Earlier in the week I suggested to people that they should do something different this week. Get out of the routine. Do something they normally don’t do to shake things up a bit. Gain a new experience. Of course I had to as well. So instead of making eggs at home I decided to go to McDonald’s. Now for you that know me, that is something that is so rare that I can probably count on one hand the times I’ve been to a McDonald’s in the last few decades.
I went inside and decided I wanted some coffee, scrambled eggs and bacon. I had no idea if they offered that because I couldn’t see it on the menu. I went up to the front and asked if I could just get scrambled eggs and bacon. I don’t eat bread so no muffin for me. The order taker said of course and put my order in. Next to me was an older gentleman that had just gotten his bag of food. I’m not sure what he had in the bag but he overheard my order. He then looked at the menu, looked at me, then at them and asked in a soft, almost apologizing voice, “Can you order just scrambled eggs and bacon? I don’t see it on the menu.” The order taker said; “Oh, yes, you can order anything that we have.” And the man said; “But it’s not on your menu.” And the lady said: “Oh, we have a lot of options that’s not on the menu.” The man looked at me and thanked me. Clearly for opening his eyes to the fact that he had never thought of asking if he could order something that was not on the menu.
I’m glad that I was there to help expand the view for a complete stranger. I am quite sure that for the rest of his life he will dare to ask, dare to think outside the box a little bit more and not just go where the herd is asked to go. Next time he goes into McDonald’s he will be able to get the breakfast he wants.
All it takes is to ask. But how come so many don’t? I don’t have the answer to that but I hope that this story inspires you to ask, to think outside the box, to think outside the menu. I hope it inspires you to not hold back and wonder if you should ask, if it’s okay, what others will think, but to listen to what you want. After all, what’s the worst that can happen? Chances are that you will get what you wanted.
And always, do something different here and there. Because if you do the same thing over and over again, you simply can’t get a different result. By the way, despite knowing how full of hormones and what not those bacon strips and scrambled eggs contained I was pleasantly surprised to say it was a good breakfast.
So what out of the box thing did you do this week? And what new experience or result did you gain?