I made a quick trip to the grocery store today close to the five o’clock hour. It wasn’t yet packed, but it was starting to get the “after work, day before Thanksgiving, need a few last things” rush. I wanted to get in and out before the store became impossible to navigate. I am not a fan of crowded stores filled with impatient people. I like to go in as if I am on a mission and get out fast on days like today. I believe that me getting in and out quickly is a gift to other shoppers – one less shopper is, after all, one less shopper to navigate around.
When I arrived at my local Sunmart in West Fargo the first person I encountered was a Salvation Army bell ringer. The bell ringer exuded delightfulness – a very good quality for a bell ringer I think. Her demeanor was so pleasant that it added bounce to my step…yes, she was that delightful.
Unfortunately, not everyone was bouncing around the store like me. There were a handful of crabby folks in Sunmart today. I heard them snap at other shoppers, the folks with them, or their children as I bopped up and down the aisles. I was at first taken aback at some of the negativity I saw and heard, but then I realized that there have been days when I was the crabby shopper just trying to get out of Sunmart with the few nerves I had left. We all have those days right?
But not me, not today…not even as the store got more packed and I encountered more crabby people – still my step was light and my smile secure. I thought that to be a blessing and I am pretty sure it came from the bell ringer. She coated me in delightfulness as I walked in the door and it carried me through the entire store.
Amazing how far a bit of warmth and positivity can go. I thought it was a timely reminder as the Christmas shopping season starts to bear down on us. When you are out and about will you share smiles or scowls? Will you share pleasantries or aggravated mumbles? Will you be the person who puts a bounce in someone’s step or the person that weighs them down?
Thank you delightful bell ringer for giving some of your positivity to me today. I love the work the Salvation Army does, but know that the money I put in the kettle today was for the extra-special coating you gave me. Keep up the good work!
Day one thousand two hundred and thirty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da