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Because you made me smile

Sun, 2013-04-21 18:00

So here I am, sitting in the Denver Airport enjoying a nice Thai lunch. This morning came early, much earlier than most. I was up at 2:30 am for an early morning flight out of Detroit. My final destination is North Dakota for their annual State Students’ Council Conference and State National Honor Society Conference. I am not the biggest fan of traveling. Mind you, it’s probably because I used to do it a lot. I used to be on the road 4 months of the year. Living in hotels, eating at restaurants and sitting in big metal tubes (airplanes if you are confused by the reference). I used to get grumpy after being on the road for a week or more. I would miss my kids, the comfort of my own bed, home cooked meals and the familiarity of my local haunts.

One things I did to battle the down times was to try and bring people up. I made it my goal to make as many people as I could laugh, feel good or simply smile. I would shoot for the prize in every meeting. What was the “prize”? Simply someone someone saying, “You made my day!”. I would take any variance of that statement.

Today, while waiting in line to check into my United Airlines flight, I asked the agent if I could tell her a joke. She looked kind of semi-interested. So I proceeded…

“Why do I Easter Eggs hide?” I asked.

“Why?” she replied.

“Because they’re a little chicken.” I answered.

She laughed out loud and said, “Helen! Come hear this! This is your type of pun!”

I then rhymed off four more jokes. By the end of my “set”, I had 4 employees around laughing and sharing their equally cheesy jokes.

As Dorothy (the gate agent) handed me my tickets, she smiled and said “I upgraded you sweetie, no charge.”

When I asked why? She simply replied. “Because you made me smile! Far too many grumpy people on the planet these days.”.

It doesn’t take much to change someone’s day. Yet the VAST majority of people don’t do it! We keep to ourselves, judge others without hearing a word spoken from their mouths. We look down, avoid eye contact. I have a simple rule…

“If you want to change the world, start by changing yourself.”

I challenge you to be kind today! Why? We gotta start changing things. Each of us, every day in small ways.

If each of us would only sweep our own doorstep, the whole world would be clean.
- Mother Teresa