There’s a cashier named Wanda that works at our neighborhood Publix grocery store. Every time I am shopping there, I look for her when I’m choosing a line. She’s got this incredibly warm, bright and happy way about her.
Today, I got lucky and ended up in her line. She cheerfully said hi; I told her hello and how much I love that she always has a smile on her face. She said that she loves her job; loves “making a difference.”
Then, she told me a story. A woman came in once and Wanda was her normal smiley, chatty self. The woman smiled back as Wanda talked and rang up her groceries. The woman walked away.
On the surface, this sounds like a non-event. Someone smiled; someone else smiled
back. But a few minutes later, Wanda said the woman came back and thanked her for making her smile. The woman told Wanda that she hadn’t smiled in over a year because her daughter had been murdered.
Isn’t it amazing that a simple smile can change someone’s day or provide a moment of relief to someone grieving? It takes no time, effort or money to smile at someone. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, do it anyway. Smiling will make you feel better and may have a much larger impact on someone else than you realize.
I don’t know about you, but Wanda’s little story gives me chills when I think about it. It makes me want to be a better person. It confirms all the reasons we shouldn’t be judging others, and all the reasons we ought to look away from ourselves and up from our phones. Make an effort to talk to the wonderful people you encounter in seemingly mundane places and for goodness sake; SMILE!