“A Serving of Sunshine”
By: Mansel Guerry
A few weeks ago my wife and I took a cruise to The Bahamas, something that’s become an annual ritual in our household. We took our first cruise two years ago and found it to be an enjoyable experience. One of the most enjoyable parts of our cruises has been the nightly dinners where the staff treat us like royalty. Our servers move with us each night from one dining room to the other. By the third night, I’m getting to know these people pretty well.
On this most recent cruise, our assistant server was a young man named Sipho (pronounced “Seep-ho”), who had a most contagious smile and a personality to match. After meeting him the first night, my wife and I looked forward to seeing him walk up to our table every night. Just being around him made the cruise that much more enjoyable.
On the third night, I engaged Sipho in a short conversation. I told him that his smile was like sunshine, and I expressed to him how much we had enjoyed seeing him each night. He gave his chest a light thump and said his smile came from his heart. Then he uttered these simple words: “You and only you control your attitude. I enjoy making people happy.”
Think about that for a minute. Don’t underestimate the power of your smile and a few simple words of kindness. When you see someone today, your attitude, expressed through your words and appearance, can be a ray of sunshine, a dark cloud of doom, or something in between. The choice is totally up to you.
Make it your goal today to spread a little sunshine.