Suddenly She Smiled And Everything Changed

Sep 2, 2014

You are not ordinary.

Absolutely not.

No one is ordinary. Everyone we meet is one made in the image of God.



Alive because of Him.

A few days ago I went to a place of business.

The dreaded decision was made.

They either give me a promo or I’d have to drop the TV.

I stepped to the counter and faced a tall, serious faced woman.

My heart dropped.

Suddenly I noticed her gorgeous earrings.

Beautiful blue dangling earrings. They looked so attractive on her.

She checked the computer in front of her

busily pulling up my account

while I watched those beautiful earrings.

I felt happy just looking at them.

“Those are lovely earrings,” I commented.

Immediately her face lit up. She smiled at me

and began telling me where she’d bought them.

An impersonal, ordinary moment was

suddenly transformed with light

as we spoke.

Her smile warmed my heart

and it didn’t really matter anymore

about the account or the changes I must make.

We spoke a few more minutes and then I turned and

I walked out of the building but with a lighter step and a happy heart.


Maybe it was because I had touched the life of another woman

on an ordinary day.

A woman who struggles with bills and pressures and deadlines

just like I do.

And in that few minutes of sharing we built a path of understanding

and care.

Yes, everyone who crosses our path is human too.

No one is ordinary!

For a long time I will hold that memory in my heart

of that woman with the lovely earrings

and of the difference that it made when I spoke to her with kindness.




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