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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 …