I was returning something in a shop the other day and was taken aback by the shop assistant who served me. Now I know what you’re thinking. Was she rude? Grumpy? Did she avoid eye contact, or chat to a colleague throughout the transaction? Actually, the total opposite. She was polite, courteous. Chatty without overstepping. She looked happy in her job, and I walked away feeling a little bit brighter too.
And it occurred to me that we really do affect those around us, even those that we don’t know very well, or at all. Just by being us we can make or break someone’s day.
Now human nature dictates that we can’t be happy 24/7, 365 days a year. We all have our weary moments, moments of frustration or upset or just plain anger. But a smile costs nothing, isn’t that the saying? Do I have that right?
A few weeks ago Mr M and I took the kiddos for a scoot around a park nearby. The park in question backs on to a hospital, and is used by the residents (‘inmates’ my Granda would have called them) for their daily constitutional. The sweetest little old man, on his Zimmer, walked past us at one point, and his face lit up at the sight of our raucous, giggling tearaways. And my face lit up too.
Amazing that – the infectious power of Happy.
I’m sure there is some hippy dippy self-help book out there that tells you how to achieve inner joy. Maybe I should read it. I’m pretty sure in there it would tell you to surround yourself with people you love, do things you love to do, cuddle kittens and practice Bikram yoga.
But at some point most days, the people I love drive me crazy. I have no time to do the things I love to do. And I’ve never been a big cat, or exercise, fan.
But you know what? Under this rain washed, anxious, insecure, OCD-prone exterior, I am completely aware of my blessings. Maybe it’s deep deep down some days, but I’m pretty sure the joy is definitely there.
So on those days I’m going to fake it. Turn my frown upside down. Be vulnerable, let people see my Happy. And maybe, even for a second, even on one of those awful days, they might find their Happy too.
A little look at Little Wood #3 tomorrow, and it’s the kitchen. It’s a good one, even if I do say so myself, so grab your coffee and call in for a visit – we’re open all day!
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