Tuesday, October 5, 2010
STOP and SMILE!
While getting ready to leave the office last week, the cleaning lady came around with her head down (as usual) and did her rounds. When she passed my desk, i noticed she looked a little sad. More than usual. I try my best to acknowledge the ladies when they come by and there is the odd time it's a man instead of a lady. I don't just say hello. I actually engage in conversations with them as well. May not be long ones, but i do.
Although i may not have said much and they were only a few words, to her, it was more than saying 100 words.
Moments later, i totally forgot why i was even upset.
I had to remind myself that just because somebody is not smiling, that has nothing to do with me/you. That woman/man may have lost a loved one. They may have have been up all night with a crying baby. Maybe they have unpaid bills. No money. Her husband may have walked out on her. Her child may have passed away. She may be a single mother of four. STOP and SMILE. Ask her/him how she/he is doing? Tell someone they are beautiful. Stop trying to look as mean as they do. This person is probably staring right at you without even seeing you! Just hope that your smile is contagious enough that you may have just blessed her instead of hindering her.
After all we are all facing our own battles. But a smile will lighten up our journey for both you and them.
My grandma use to say "Lizabet (Elizabeth) smile at the world and the world will smile back"
Scientists have said that smiling affects how we speak, to the point that listeners can identify the type of smile based on sound alone.
Remember a SMILE confuses an approaching FROWN ;-)))))