Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Words of Wisdom Wednesday: Cheerfulness

Be cheerful in all that you do. Live joyfully. Live happily. Live enthusiastically, knowing that God does not dwell in gloom and melancholy, but in light and love. (Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994), New Era, September 1979, p. 42.)

A few weeks ago I went to Target to buy an item or two and experienced something out of the ordinary. I waited in line for a few minutes to pay and then was greeted by such a cheerful women. I have never had such a pleasant check out experience in a store in my life. She so genuinely asked how I was and then when asked how she was doing she responded so happily so cheerfully that I just had to say something. I complimented her on her cheerfulness and smiled and went on my way. I left Target feeling lighter and happier and ready to face the rest of the day with a smile. She made my day.

I ended up returning to Target last week to return an item and to purchase another and I saw this cheerful women and I honestly was headed toward her line even though there were other lines that were much shorter. I was waved on by a worker that had no one in his line and my course was changed. I truly realized then the great impact that one's attitude and mood can have on someone.

1 comment:

Alicia said...

I really like that quote from President Benson. Isn't it wonderful how the cheerful attitude of one person can lift and inspire so many. It's like that old song, "when you're smiling the whole world smiles with you."

I like what sister Hinckley said too about life. She said you can either laugh or cry and "I prefer to laugh"...

You might have to look up the quote to get it exact. You probably already know it. Anyway thanks for the wonderful, word of wisdom wednesdays... they are great!