i've been working at the store over christmas break to earn some more money. (money, money, money -- ick.) i was really tired and had been there all day long, standing. my feet hurt, my back hurt, my shoulders hurt, i was hungry, and really wanted to go home.
the next customer in line was a man who never, EVER smiles. he was a regular. i'd seen him many, many times before. and not once, in all the times i've asked, "how are you today?" or "did you find everything alright?" or "your total is ___." or "have a nice day!" i have never once seen the man smile.
i thought: great. a grumpy guy to make my day even worse.
but of course, i pasted on a smile. "how are you today, sir?" i asked. i got a grunt and a "fine." the usual response from this man. i then asked, "did you have a merry christmas?" expecting him to grunt and nod, or perhaps say, "yep."
this man raised his head and looked me in the eyes. and then -- he smiled.
"i did have a merry christmas! how bout you?"
i was shocked. i had never seen this man smile before! ever! i was suddenly filled with love and compassion for him. i had no idea what went on in his life. maybe he was lonely. maybe he had health problems, or financial problems. there were a million reasons why he never smiled. but this christmas had caused him to smile. what a miracle.
i smiled back, and the rest of our short conversation was as happy and cheerful as any. he walked away, and i felt renewed. it absolutely made my day. and i was amazed that a smile from this usually grumpy stranger had affected me so much.
smile! you never know whose day will be made.
"a smile is a crooked line that sets things straight." :)