I try to be friendly to everyone I meet. I try to give them a smile and say, “Hello!” and “Have a good day!” All I aim for in that interaction is to put a smile on a person’s face. I want to leave them happier than when I met them.
One time, I was in the grocery store with my father. I was trying to keep up with him (he’s a fast walker, and I’m most certainly not!).
On one of the many times that I took a break from running, I looked over and saw a man who looked unhappy. He looked as if he was mad at the world.
Smiling to myself, I thought, I should go over and see if I can cheer him up.
So, I went over and engaged the man in conversation. Throughout, I could see his expression change from sulking, I’m-mad-at-the-world to one of happiness.
Thinking back on that experience, I am reminded of a quote I heard in an interview with Dolly Parton:
“If you see somebody without a smile, give them one of yours.”
That quote resonated with me deeply because it speaks to the concept of karma: what you give, you will receive back ten-fold. I always try my best to make a positive impact on as many people as I can.
Who will you give a smile to?
What is a quote that resonates with you, or a special memory that you have where you made someone feel better? I’d love to know. Please let me know in the comments!