“Welcome! How are you today?” I heard as I entered the store.
Looking over toward the checkout counter, I discovered a young man with the biggest smile on his face and the happiest spirit about him. His happiness seemed to resonate throughout the store as he spoke with each customer and made positive comments about every item being purchased.
This was not what I expected when I walked in the store that day but it was a most welcomed surprise. I left the store with a smile on my face and it’s all because of that young man’s happy attitude.
Don’t you just love to be around happy people? Their joy seems to rub off on everyone they meet. And the cool thing is when they leave, the happiness remains.
But the same goes for unhappy people. Their gloom and misery spread to all those around them and linger long after they are gone. Most of us do our best to avoid the perpetually unhappy.
I learned a song in children’s choir a long, LONG time ago called “Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful”.¹ It starts with a little rhyme that says:
I have two friends with funny names that sound a lot alike
But once you get to know them, they’re as different as day and night.
One is happy all the time and has lots and lots of friends.
The other always gripes and complains and no one really likes him.
You may wonder who they are and why they act the way they do.
The difference is the way they see things, it’s called their attitude.
So, which one are you?
Are you HUMBLY GRATEFUL, lifting others up with your happiness?
Or are you GRUMBLY HATEFUL, leaving others disheartened and discouraged?
I want to be like that young man I met in the store and leave everyone with a SMILE!
¹”Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful” by Janet McMahan-Wilson and Kathie Hill