this morning i was inspired by the lady at bathurst subway station who hands out the free daily newspaper. as i approached her in the freezing rain, just as every time i've seen her before, she had a big smile on her face.
good morning! i exclaimed, i hoped to meet her smile with equal enthusiasm
good morning - hope you're having a good day! she says
no but i'll be going home soon. in 2 hours.
2 hours did not seem soon to me. i was worried she'd be soaked. we continued small talk for a little while. a car pulled up and she ran over and brought the man 2 of the free daily papers before he drove off. that's so nice of you. i said. she didn't seem to mind. the smile never left her face. i told her i wished i could be more like her, i can't really explain in words how much sincere positivity this woman projects. i told her i don't know how you do it. to which she replied i'm no eeyore.
it took me a minute to figure out what she was talking about, but when i did i smiled. you certainly aren't. i thanked her and as i descended the steps to the platform i noticed the smile hadn't left my face. how infectious a bit of positivity can be! the feeling carried with me throughout the day. and when the everyday turbulence hit i remembered to keep a smile on my face.
it's not like it is particularly difficult to be positive. but it doesn't appear to come naturally. it's something to work on. but what a difference it makes.