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I’m sure everyone can relate to this scenario that happened to me yesterday while I was shopping in a store. I was waiting in line behind someone who ran into a problem while checking out and was going to take an extra minute or so. The woman in line behind me immediately began to groan and grumble, mumbling something about the line taking forever.

I thought of a quote I had read in a book to my fifth-graders earlier in the week: “In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?” (The book, by the way, is an amazing read called Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.) I wanted to turn around and tell the woman about this quote and remind her that her miserable groan was not worth it. I wanted to tell her that now, in some small way, she had made me a little bit miserable, made the woman in line in front of us miserable, and made the cashier miserable. Was this short wait in line really worth passing around all of that anger? This little grumble might be why our world is full of negativity.

But, of course, I didn’t want to preach to her about quotes or the world’s problems, so I did something else instead. I turned around and gave her a big smile. Then I smiled to the person in front of me in line, and saved my biggest smile for the cashier. Maybe they thought I was weird, but my hope was that a little bit of kindness might wipe out that miserable groan. I’m not sure if it did, but at least it made me feel better.

So, my thought for the day is–spread the smiles; spread the love. Because in the course of a day, or a month, or a life, does the inconvenience really matter?

Check out one of my favorite You Tube videos from someone who had this same thought.



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