I got a compliment yesterday that made me feel good. I guess it was a round-about compliment, at least that How I took it. The lady asked me why I was so cheerful all the time.
I’ve never thought of myself as a cheerful person so it was somewhat of a surprise.
I had to think about it.
So here’s what I came up with.
When you pass 80 years on this planet you begin to realize that life is short. Spending time being angry or upset is an act of wasting what is left of your life.
The thing is, being angry is about being out of control and if I am out of control I can’t enjoy the moment. Moments are like gold to me
I wish I had learned that when I was twenty years old.
When I was twenty something I took life too seriously. When things didn’t go the way I wanted I would either get mad or upset. Then they would get worse and often they would go off track and turn into a train wreck. I spent of lot of my life cleaning up after the wrecks.
Now when things don’t go my way I don’t get upset. I realize if it didn’t go my way, it went someone else’s way. That meant they were happy. That made me happy knowing they were happy. I could smile.
You see, smiling is an amazing act. I was once told that it takes a bunch of muscles in your face to make a smile. When we put those muscles to work they exude some kind of euphoria that makes us feel good.
The best part is that smiles are contagious. If you smile at someone they usually catch whatever you have.
Some people would rather be upset than happy. Best way to trick them is to walk up with a big smile like you know something they don’t. Before you know it, that smile will spread faster than measles.
That will leave folks wondering what you know and they don’t.