This morning I read a 95 year old’s instructions on life. “Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know” was near the top of the list. Then I thought about those people I know who are positive and enthusiastic and how magnetic they were. Sounded like a good idea to me.
Later, I was rushing through the grocery store, as I usually do, trying to get this chore checked off my list in the quickest way possible. The cashier acknowledged me and I politely said hello, but didn’t look her in the eye as I was concentrating on the task at hand – getting my groceries packed up so I could get out of there as soon as possible. I was quickly done and was starting to leave when I heard the cashier acknowledge the gentleman behind me in the exact same way she had acknowledged me. However, he met her with a cheer response about the weather and she replied back to him with a smile. And I realized right there that I had missed it. I had missed the opportunity to make that person smile and make myself smile. I was in such a hurry to move on to other things, I didn’t realize I was missing my life. I was missing the opportunity to make my life the best it could possibly be.
Throughout the past few years, I have been on a mission to make my life better, and I have come a long way. I’m a type-A personality, so my life has always been about accomplishing more. But somewhere along the way, I forgot that life was about the journey. Despite hearing it a million times, I forgot to stop and smell the roses. So, today I set this goal – to become the most positive and enthusiastic person I know, and make everyone’s day that I meet a little bit brighter.