My Name Is ... Dana Harris

Store manager says people are mostly good

Posted 12/2/19

Helping around town I'm a native Coloradan. It seems like there aren't that many of us around anymore. I went to a private Christian school in Nebraska, and I got so homesick I had to move back. I've …

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My Name Is ... Dana Harris

Store manager says people are mostly good

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Helping around town

I'm a native Coloradan. It seems like there aren't that many of us around anymore. I went to a private Christian school in Nebraska, and I got so homesick I had to move back. I've been in Littleton ever since.

I'm the manager of Renewed Treasures, Love Inc.'s resale boutique. It's all donated, and the proceeds go back to Love Inc., which helps people around Littleton.

I've been working retail since I was 16. I've also got a background in nonprofits, and Renewed Treasures puts that all together.

People are good

Honestly, retail has taught me that most people are good-hearted. There are problem customers and bad apples, but they're not the majority. Retail is about helping people. They're trying to get what they need, and you're there to help that happen.

Through Love Inc., we do vouchers for people in need, and they can come shop for free. It's the most meaningful job I've ever had. After years in corporate retail, it's really rewarding.

At the core of my values is my identity as a Christian, doing good in the world and being a servant of God.

'Dual parenting'

My husband and I have been married 16 years. We have two godchildren we adore. They're teenagers now. They're cousins of ours who had children, and we've been pivotal in raising them. It's been like dual parenting. They mean a lot to us.

I love yoga because it quiets the chaos of the world. You must quiet your mind in order to listen to your intuition and God's guidance for your life.

We try to spend a lot of time at our cabin outside Fairplay. It was handed down through the generations in our family. It's the real deal — a log cabin. We modernized it with electricity and running water.

Life's too short

Being a native, I've seen a lot of changes. I remember before there was constant traffic. I'm not against change or growth, but Colorado used to be a slower-paced place. The city has moved into the suburbs — traffic and crime in Littleton feel more like Denver now. It's all just one big metropolis now.

Life is too short to be unhappy. I've learned the cure for a bad day is spreading kindness and love into the world. Smile big at a total stranger or practice random acts of kindness, and you'll instantly feel better.

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