The story below gives a great word picture. Most of the time you can see that others mirror your own expressions and attitudes.
I was checking out at a store not long ago, and the cashier did not even speak to me as I put my things to buy on the counter. I was just another customer as far as she was concerned. She wasn’t rude, just preoccupied. After she had scanned everything and told me the amount to pay, I looked at her and told her that I really liked her hair cut. Her whole demeanor changed, and she started to smile and carry on a conversation.
I only said one sentence to her, but it was genuine and she knew it. She said thank you and that one sentence brightened her spirits for a time. It was an instant change.
It made me think of the influence for good that we can have upon others by saying encouraging words that are genuine and giving them a smile. Everyone likes to be appreciated and feel they are valued, so be sure to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Next time you go out, smile and say encouraging words and see what happens.
The House of 1000 Mirrors
Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”
In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw the 1000 unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see 1000 little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”
All the faces in the world are mirrors. What kind of reflections do you see in the faces of the people you meet?
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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