Two checkout stands.
Two very different experiences.
My mom and my brother were shopping. My brother was in the girl-crazy stage…probably 16 or 17 years old…so they both noticed girls that were his age. While going through the check out line at the first store, they noticed the young, beautiful cashier. She was notably attactive, but unfortunately not very friendly. No smiling, chit chat or pleasantries coming from her direction.
The second store was different. This time, the young lady who was ringing up their purchase was bubbly, kind and talkative. She smiled. She chatted. It was a pleasant experience for both my mom and my brother. She was cute – maybe not quite as striking as the first young lady – but she was definitely cute. However, she had a large scar on her cheek – you couldn’t miss it – it was as if she has been bitten by a dog.
After returning to the car, my mom asked my brother, “Which of those two girls did you think was prettier.”
Without hesitation, my brother responded, “Definitely the second girl.”
“Even though she had that large scar on her cheek?,” my mom probed.
My brother hadn’t even noticed the scar. It was overshadowed by her smile. It was easily overlooked next to the twinkle in her eye. Her positive attitude was all they noticed.
Positive and negative thinking are both contagious.
“All of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. It happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through thoughts and feelings transference, and through body language. People sense our aura and are affected by our thoughts and vice versa. Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people and avoid negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.” ~Remez Sasson
The choice is ours. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
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