Every day part of my job is to send out the next day’s schedule to field so they know where they will be working and what they will be doing the following day. Usually it’s the person’s name, the job site and a brief description of the type of work. For the boss man it’s usually just a little reminder of something he needs to remember.
Tomorrow’s assignment was as follows: Smile! Be Happy! Because today you were kind of grouchy. I debated about listing this on the board, I wasn’t sure how it would be taken. BUT..I decided to be courageous and go for it. I mean seriously…what could he do? I don’t work tomorrow! 😉 He wasn’t in the office today but I think it was a really long day for him, every time I talked to him it got worse. I tried to keep it light and have some humor to lighten up the mood, but a part of me thought that he was enjoying, just a little, the bad mood; that he really just felt like being crabby. He was definitely having a bad day and I was very careful to not take offense or to take on his mood. I was not going to have a bad day! I made a choice to not let it affect me. Tonight, I’m hoping he sees his assignment and it makes him smile, because all of us enjoy it when he’s in a smiling mood.
Then I wondered “What if we all had this attitude? …Smiling and Being Happy!? Happy people walking around with big ol smiles on our face? Wouldn’t we feel better? It’s very possible that we would bless someone’s life and make them feel better too. It’s amazing how a smile and a little fun can bring with it a completely different atmosphere. Like is says in Proverbs 15:13. “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit”. Sometimes when I encounter a “grouchy” person I go out of my way to be extra special nice and happy to them. It will either change their disposition or not. And the way I look at it, I’m happy either way, because I’ve either helped to brighten their mood or really irritate them, the choice is theirs! Yea, I know that last part isn’t right but the intent wasn’t to set out to irritate them, I just refuse to let it get me down.
It was once said by Abraham Lincoln that “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be”. Have you every tried to “make up your mind” to be happy? Tomorrow I’ll give it a try; to make up my mind, to be happy, and have a happy day. I need to remember this and do it more often, especially in my home.
Proverbs 15:1 says “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Spread some cheer tomorrow…make a choice to smile extra big at a stranger! Be the change that we need and if you want to …read Proverbs 15, it’s full of goodies!
Sidebar: Did you know the meaning of the word proverb? – A short popular saying, of ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought. I do believe that’s a fitting description.