We’re headed into a holiday weekend. You may be up for a little unleavened bread or, you’ve tucked away chocolate and eggs in case a certain floppy-eared creature needs to dip into your stash.
I made a quick trip through one of my favorite places. Whole Foods. Let’s face it – everything is gorgeous, though it can be pricey.
But even the budget-conscious parent can shop there – you’d be surprised – with certain of their foods competitively priced and, of course, organic.
But the best part of my run-through, besides the low-low $15 expenditure? Everywhere I went throughout the store, I was greeted with smiles.
Care to see some of the wonderful faces I encountered this morning? Naturally, I asked permission before taking a photo. Each person you see here was happy to oblige, and as always, extremely helpful.
I don’t know about you – but if anything is on my mind, a smile makes an extraordinary difference. That’s customer service. But a smile is so much more. It’s the tiniest gesture that can lift a person’s spirits, and it’s the sort of engagement that requires so little of us. Why don’t we do it more often?
In addition to my pleasurable visit to the market, someone I’ve known for twenty years did me a great kindness this morning. I wasn’t expecting it. I am extremely grateful. Her goodness and the random acts of smiling?
What can I say? Heaven.
May I also note that I saw a customer in the store who stopped me in my tracks with her beauty. For all I know, she’s someone I ought to know. (I’m not up on my pop culture as I should be; my sons would be ashamed!)
But it wasn’t simply her physical beauty that drew me to her. I was waiting behind her for service near the bakery, and she gave off a sort of warmth and ease that was captivating. She, too, allowed me to snap a photo.
My thanks to each of the individuals who so graciously participated in my photo adventure. Enjoy the pictures, your holiday preparations, and your families and friends if you celebrate with them. If you’re like me – it’s life as usual! Nose to the grindstone (or the kids and taxes), and happy for finding the smiling wherever I can.
This gentleman gives free samples! (Yes, pizza.) Actually, Whole Foods gives samples throughout the store. Now, now. Don’t plan on dining gratis via the samples, but I will say, a slice of pizza with a smile makes for an excellent lunch.
She bakes cakes! How could she not be sweet? The fact is – I think the desserts she makes must be filled with good humor. (Or is that my excuse for daring to look, and every now and then, purchasing something decadent?)
- Have you offered a smile for no reason lately?
- Do you find that when strangers are kind or friendly, your mood improves?
- Any special plans for the weekend? (I may be busy on my computer, but I will be smiling.)
All photos, yours truly (clearly, not a professional photographer!)