Art journal collage (July 27, 2013)
Saturday morning, post my standing breakfast date, downtown, with Mark, I headed out--to a local thrift shop. This time, I decided to conduct an experiment while browsing. My plan: to mindfully smile at others and see what happens...
Upon entering the store, I passed a woman who appeared to be taking inventory. I smiled. She smiled back. A moment later, while browsing for skirts, I sneezed. She called out from across the way, "Bless you!" Her sweet words brought me added bliss...
At the checkout, I encountered a woman, who appeared, at first glance, to be very tired. I shot her a compassionate look + smile. She seemed to light up as she smiled back. Pausing for a moment, she then asked, sincerely "How are you, today?" I told her "Pretty good so far. Thanks," and asked,"How about you?" She smiled, again, and told me she was doing well; thanking me.
As I was leaving the store, I smiled at two women, entering. Both smiling back, one of them said, "I like your outfit." I thanked her; once again, smiling--a sense of joyful connectedness in hand.
"Smile, and the whole world smiles back at you." It's a saying that's been around for awhile. Yet, there's definitely something to it.
The pics featured throughout are of the two lovely items I snagged that day (I wouldn't even think of ending this story without sharing my finds!) Anyway, I purchased a lovely, lined wool wrap skirt (Ralph Lauren) for $2.50. I also bought a leather belt (Land's End) for $1. Both were in mint condition. Yup, I'm smiling alright--for many a reason!
Joy, peace and a fab Monday to you! T.