If anyone asked if I am good at noticing details, I would say I certainly am. I see all sorts, all around me and I‘d like to think I understand the importance of details. But, as I write this week’s blog I am sitting gazing out onto the open forest and actually I realize that I don’t notice as many details as I should. I am listening and I can hear the birds’ song. I am watching and I am amused by the squirrels frolicking, the ponies munching and the cows ambling along the lane. A fox has got his time clock muddled and has just run across the lane in front of a car which was driving slowly enough to ensure he made a quick getaway into a neighbouring hedge. The leaves are fluttering on the ground….. I admit, I don’t usually notice such details as I don’t usually sit and gaze quietly out of the windows, making the excuse that I am too busy e mailing, writing marketing plans, blogging, tweeting and just generally being (appearing) busy.
However, this morning I am making an effort… I notice that Marie, one of our super receptionists answers the phone with a smile in her voice, she is super friendly to our checking out guests and nothing is too much trouble for her. The team interact positively with each other and seem genuinely to be happy in each other’s company…. Maybe it’s not just the choice of orange as the hotel’s décor; there does seem to be a “glow” about the place, which overtime I have stopped noticing, but the guests often remark on…. today I notice.
I have been “noticing” more than just details… on a recent course the facilitator listed down a whole host of reasons to visit the New Forest… I hadn’t realized there is so much to do… well at least I thought I did, but actually when you stop to really think, we are so fortunate to live and work in such a fantastic area… it is steeped in history, has a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy and we have the forest and the sea right on our doorstep… we are very lucky indeed and as from today I will try very hard to appreciate, notice and relish what the forest has to offer and with that in mind, I will have to add another task onto my To do List…….creating newly updated local pages onto the website, so watch this space, http://www.hotelterravina.co.uk/out_and_about.asp
Till next week