Reason to SMILE #31: LITTLE BOYS AND TOY CARS
I woke up in a horrible mood. In fact, I was in such a bad mood that I seriously considered calling in sick – no, not sick… uhm … calling in grumpy. But I couldn’t justify calling in simply because I was in a bad mood. I’m pretty sure work wouldn’t have justified it, either. (Although, I feel very strongly that this should be an acceptable excuse. Think of all the people that would be saved from infection by such a communicable attitude if only “patient zero” were allowed to stay home! 😉 )
I had no idea why I woke up in a bad mood but I knew I needed help changing my outlook. I turned to the Great Attitude Adjuster.
“Okay, God,” I prayed. “I could really use something to smile about today. Could you help me out?”
He helped me out, alright. It just wasn’t in the way I expected.
My day was filled with one bad moment after another. From a semi truck blocking my route to work to being overwhelmed by added job “requirements” to dealing with feelings of inadequacy to being called away from one job to handle a crises at the other job – everything seemed to drag me further and further into the deep, dark abyss of negativity. All I could focus on was my unhappiness and the things which were causing it. This unhappiness devoured most of my day.
Around mid-afternoon, though, my smile arrived in the form of a little boy. He walked in the office with his mom. The receptionist showed him the toys we keep in a small chest for such an occasion and he went straight for the cars. One by one he lined up the cars in the foyer of the office building. “Vroom!” I heard him down the hall. “Vroom! Vrrroooom!”
Miraculously, my mood was lifted. Every “vroom” and “beep, beep” brought joy to my soul and I could not help but laugh. It was just the attitude adjustment I needed. And by the way, if I had not first been called in to handle a “crisis”, this little boy could not have brought me a SMILE today. You see, the crisis I handled was coordinating a last minute closing for the purchase of his family’s new home. That certainly gave me a new perspective!
God always knows what He’s doing and that’s all the reason I need to SMILE!
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