We are food servers in the year 2010.
We refuse to be characterized as a bunch of entitled, uninspired underachievers. We have embraced a new outlook, and have adopted a fresh approach.
Apathy, indifference and cynicism no longer serve us.
In 2010, we will use food service as a platform to explore and develop a skill set that will stay with us throughout our professional lives. We will broaden our understanding of human behavior, expand our capacity to tolerate differences, and establish a spirit of authentic hospitality. We are getting paid to learn lessons that some professions never teach: unconditional service, unwavering patience, keen perception, and perfect timing.
We will use social media channels like FohBoh, Youtube, Facebook, and others to connect and encourage one another. We will share food and wine knowledge, as well as techniques for improved service.
We are serving people through a recession, lifting dampened spirits, and providing a critical service during difficult times. We are witnessing huge layoffs and corporate restructurings, budget shortfalls and bankruptcies. Our industry provides our guests an escape from gloomy headlines. We are doing important work, arguably as vital as many forms of therapy.
As professional servers, we interact on a nightly basis with a wide range of challenging personalities. And in this economy, our guests are becoming even more demanding. This often leaves us feeling overwhelmed and off center at the end of our shift. So, in 2010, we will explore techniques that melt stress and build stamina. We will put down the alcohol and pick up the weights. We will acknowledge the fact that our industry has the highest levels of drug abuse, and do something about it.
We will share our passion and talents. Whether its photography, web design, acting, music, social networking, videography, cooking, or writing, we will find ways to infuse those passions into our work as servers. True resourcefulness means making the most with what we have, and combining talents and skill sets in new and interesting ways.
We recognize that the economy is changing, and that high unemployment and job insecurity are our new reality in 2010. There has never been a better time for creative and ambitious individuals to be assertive and resourceful. We will stop waiting for the 'perfect' opportunity or ideal job, and instead, create opportunities right where we are.
We are a new breed of server, and in 2010, we will begin to transform our industry.