It’s called Five Minute Friday. Each week, we write freely on a one-word prompt. Then we link up at the amazing Kate Motaung’s site. It’s a flash mob of writers- having fun and sharing their take on one word. This week’s prompt is TEN. A few years ago, a Quik Trip was built one block away from our house. With each visit, I’m more impressed by the way they do things. Many times, I’ve thought about what the church could learn from them …
10. Their doors swing both ways. There are no rules to make you feel stupid or an outsider. Whether you are a pusher or puller, the door will open for you.
9. QT’s are not too big, but not too small either. The layout is thoughtfully designed, so it never feels too congested or like empty space. It’s just right.
8. Just gas and snacks. That’s what they do best. Their mission is simple and focused, and they just keep getting better in their niche.
7. Simple but impactful language. Instead of saying good bye, the employees always say, “See you next time…” I like it. It’s different. It’s memorable. Each time I leave, I feel like I’ve been seen and I’ll be missed.
6. There’s no judging. I can be looking for coffee and queso dip, or tampons and tortilla chips, and I feel no condemnation. There are all kinds of people with all kinds of needs. And in that one place, there’s community in the struggle.
5. It’s ready. It’s open when I need something, day or night, and there are always plenty of napkins, lids, straws and trash cans.
4. The workers are quiet, but everywhere. Did you ever notice that when you start heading to the check-out counter, the red shirts seem to multiply? You didn’t notice them before, and they were never trying to talk you in to buying a candy bar or more wiper fluid, but right when you need them, they are there.
3. It feels safe. There are police in the parking lot. There are video cameras and a measuring tape on the door frame. The parking lot is well-lit and the employees aren’t half-asleep or hiding in the back room. I bring my kids and even let them ride their bikes there without me.
2. So clean. The floor is constantly being mopped and the trash is never overflowing. The counters and the restrooms are spotless and shiny. It’s a pleasant place to be.
True confessions: I stole the idea for this Five Minute writing from a post my husband wrote: 4 Things We Could Learn from Apple. His article is deeper, more serious, much classier, and you should definitely read it. He’s brilliant. When the prompt “TEN” was assigned, my mind jumped here, so I went with it… and he doesn’t mind 🙂 We share a brain.