There’s a local greengrocers and butchers that I am always thankful exists.  It may seem like a strange or insignificant thing, however, as someone who aims to avoid the big supermarkets as much as possible, they really help me achieve and make it a heck of a lot easier to achieve some of my goals.

This isn’t the time or place to go into reasons of why I pursue these choices, it’s more of a case of highlighting that in the area that I live in there is an independently run greengrocers and butchers.  They live to the values that I’m trying to live by - sourcing local, good and often traceable food.  And I am extremely grateful that they exist because life without them would be harder.

I express my thankfulness to them by supporting them as much as I can.  They are not the cheapest. Nor are they perfect in the food freshness.  Their availability of products is much more limited too.  They are not open 24 hours a day either.

I could compare them in so many ways to the big supermarkets.  But I don’t. And I won’t. And the truth be, now I feel dirty shopping in supermarkets, but shopping with the local shops makes me feel good.  I feel like I am making the right choices, for myself and for them.

I am thankful they exist.  I like to think they know this without me saying it. They are thankful for my business. They are thankful for my choices.  They know I support their existence not only through the fact that I shop with them on a regular basis, but also through how I talk about, to others, the importance of being a conscious shopper.   Each interaction and shop I do means we get to know each other. They get to know my family. We talk. Laugh. Share stories.  They carry my bags when I’m heavily pregnant.  They consider my needs and recommend options because they know me.

Hopefully, one small action at a time I help support them and other independent shops across the UK.  My gut says that they are thankful for my existence and support - even though we’ve never actually said ‘thank you for existing’ to each other.

Thankful To All Of You Testers!

Now, you may be wondering why the heck I’m going on about this!

Last week saw our 4th TestBash software testing conference happen.  Often throughout the year I get occasional “thank you’s”  for the work I do.  During TestBash time, the “thank you’s” spike, massively.

Being Rosie, I’m left not knowing what to say because (apart from blushing) all that goes through my head is - “No, thank YOU!”.  Thanks to each and every one of you for allowing me to be in this position, doing this work and somehow making a living from it.

Surely, I should be the grateful one!?! I should be the one saying thank you for supporting my work.  But of course I understand it works both ways.  I’m just still not very good at accepting gratitude and compliments.

But it did make me think - what could people do instead of saying thank you to me?  If you have ever wanted to say thank you, what could you do instead? Or in addition to it.  This is when I felt like it related to my local greengrocers & butchers scenario - I am grateful to them in a similar way to some people are grateful to me.

Sure, you can spread the love of good testing and share the work we do.  But there’s more to be be done.

Just like I share stories with the people at my local shops - I’d love to hear your stories.  If we meet. Tell me your story.  Let me get to know you better.  Allow me to understand who you are, what you need and where you aspire to go.  The more I know, the better I can understand how best to adapt and grow the testing work I do.  I can help you more if we make these interactions and stories on a regular basis.  We could do this face to face, but we can also do it better or faster virtually.  Lets hook up…on Twitter, Email, Skype, STC forum…a comment on this blog.  Whatever way takes your fancy!

Lets make a pact to reach out to each other and keep to our values & ethics.  Not as a one off, but as a regular thing.  And not just with me, but with others in the testing community.

Thank you’s are great and all that.  But they are so much more awesome when they are backed up by actions.

AND by all means, say thank you, I won’t hold it against you, but understand that by doing any of the above will imply you appreciate what I do, so a thank you is not necessary!

Thank you! 🙂