I was out running errands yesterday when I decided to dash into a fast food restaurant to get a quick lunch. The lunch rush was over so there were only several customers standing at the counter when I walked in. I only had to wait a moment or two before it was my turn to order. As I stepped forward to place my order, I was greeted cheerfully by the man behind the counter. I greeted him in return and placed my order. As he started to ring up my order, I suddenly noticed something unusual about him. His arms were less than half the normal length and his hands were malformed with only thumbs and two fingers.
I watched him as he went about his work, meeting each challenge with a smile. His cheerfulness was infectious. I noticed that everyone around him, both co-workers and customers were smiling too.
Later, I found myself thinking about this man. I have no doubt that he does not have his challenging moments. We all do. However, this man did not seem to focus on what he couldn't do. He focused on what he could do and I think that is a lesson for us all. When life becomes difficult, it is very easy to become angry, bitter and despondent. The easy way isn't always the best way.
The man behind the counter reminded me that life is a gift that we should treasure. He reminded me that I need to bloom where I am and that the smallest things can transform a frown into a smile. He reminded me to be thankful for what I can do and not brood about what I cannot do. Instead, I must do the best I can and do it cheerfully and without complaint. I am glad I met the man behind the counter.
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Sounds like a good meeting and great life message.
Often others makes an impression on our lives without even knowing it. One wonders if we make an equally honourable impression on theirs.
I love this story.. Its beautiful
This blog exemplifies the "beauty" of Christian blogging!
I absolutely loved it!
It was a blessing to read from beginning to end.
Thank you, K !