Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to be going wrong until all of a sudden something so simple happens, and your whole day changes? Well, I had one of those days!
Like I said in my last post, I spend a lot of time thinking to myself. I am an analyzer, but of course I am not good at speaking what I analyzed, so today I am going to try. As I got into work today, I work at a title company as a receptionist/typist, the first thing I noticed was a pile of files ready to be typed, an empty candy dish, and the hum of my computer. I don’t sit next to anyone at work, so the most silent of noises are easily heard. For some reason I felt frustrated this morning, things did not seem to be going my way.
As I began my usual routine of filling that empty candy dish, and typing up the drafts that needed to be typed, a man walked into the quite entrance way. This gentlemen was an older fellow, probably in his late 60s, he was wearing a suit and tie, and had his grey hair slicked back. All I could notice was his smile, he was happy, welcoming, full of energy. I asked the gentlemen if I could assist him, and he kindly stated that he was there for a closing. For some reason this man made my day change 100%. I was no longer frustrated, or annoyed, I was, for a moment re-leaved, at ease. It is amazing how a simple smile from a complete stranger can make my day so happy.
So this, of course, made me think. I thought about the life that man maybe had, where he came from, why he was dressed up so nicely, and why he was so happy. But then I thought about it, why does he need an excuse. Being happy is a joyous thing. If we all stopped for a moment and thought about 5 things in our life that made us happy, we would be smiling too. It seems like this world tends to focus on the negatives. We worry so much about what is going wrong in our lives, that we forget about what is going right. Sometimes it takes a reminder for us to realize the simple things in life are those things that truly make us happy.
After that man finished his closing and left, I sat back and thought some more. This man made me so re-leaved from my early morning stress. A man that I don’t know, that said nothing in particular, but just smiled. Something so simple can make a world of difference. Simple is peaceful. As I am typing this now, I wish I would have thanked that man. He probably has no idea that he made my day.
Simple is everywhere, a dog laying curled up in his warm bed, a baby sleeping so soundly, or a lonely bench sitting at the edge of a dock in the middle of winter. Today’s lesson: focus on the simple things in your life, forget about the negatives, and smile at others, it makes their day!