All posts tagged: optimism

A Word from the Supermarket Optimist Himself

About a week ago I wrote a piece on the friendly guy at my local supermarket who is so generous with his smiles and well wishes. Well, I’ve been chatting to this bloke, who I have dubbed Super(market)man, and discovered more wonderful optimism and wisdom, too good not to share. Before I do, he mentioned that he had been rather overwhelmed by the number of people who just knew it was him that I referred to in the column. Strangers have approached him and said, Well done! I didn’t name him in the article, didn’t even name the supermarket – so he really has made an impact on us. I hope you will be further encouraged to look for the positives in life. This is what Super(market)man wrote to me: I like to believe that we all have friendliness inside of us but it gets stamped down by this overbearing, commercial world that we live in and it’s so much easier for folks to put on their “don’t look at me” faces and just ignore …

The Supermarket Optimist

To the guy who stands at the entry to my local supermarket and hands out shopping baskets, always with a smile and a cheery greeting, I salute you! Yes, you’re paid to do it. But I’d hazard a guess that you’re not paid to smile infectiously, to say your “hello” and your “welcome” with such gusto and goodwill. As the lady at the checkout scanned my groceries – peanut butter, cat food, cream, flour, chocolate (just one block) – I watched him grin and hand baskets with unwavering happiness. “He’s always so cheerful,” I said out loud. “I know,” the checkout lady said, without needing to ask who I was talking about. “And you know, I’ve never heard him say a bad word.” I think we all know someone like my super(market)man. In fact, a friend comes to mind immediately. She’s been known to turn on the sun during some pretty dark times. It’s not that she’s happy all the time, just that she is always searching for the positives and she chooses to focus her …