It never fails.
I can be going about my day, walking happily, (bouncing in spots, admittedly) with a list of the umpteen zillion things to do today in my mind at work, multi-tasking to beat the band, but I make sure I smile when I walk my hallways.
After all, I do work in a hospital. After all, the patients and their families see those who work here - whether all individuals have direct hands-on patient care of their dear and beloved family members or not - and they know that whomever strolls these hallways represent what is the healthcare organization of their choice. I choose to exude that of a "happy" employee, who cares about my job, who goes about my day very business-like, with purpose, professionalism, yet carefree to some extent (is that even possible). I make a conscious effort in leaving whatever drama I may have at home - AT home - and decide to put on a friendly smile while on the workfront. I've been told by many a sweet, elderly patient that "you may just have the most beautiful smile I've seen in this hospital and just seeing it brightened my day". Aww... It could have been the IV bag of Morphine speaking...hmm...but, this smile ain't no fak-ie.
No, I'm not a Debbie Do-Good, but I sure am not a Crabby Patty, either (pardon any Patties, here!) lol
OK, not quite as cheezy, but yeah, you get the point. I mean, why walk around looking like you have the weight of the friggin world on your shoulders? Seriously...we have sick people here who are going through life changes - why not try to make things a bit more pleasant?
Let's discuss the world 'smile' for a moment for anyone who's like the *person* I will begin to describe momentarily -
Dictionary.com - smile (sml)
1. A facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement, or derision.
I tend to prefer to think of it as an verb, however...lol
Sounds simple, right? One of those acts that we do without even thinking much about it. Kinda like breathing, or blinking.
How bout that old saying "Smile and the world smiles with you"...or something such as that.
I choose not to look like the *person* who shall remain nameless here.
This *chick* - (and I am being quite generous here in describing her as such), just happens to be one of the big-wigs. One of the directors. Above all my management team. From another department. Who happens to have to stroll the same hallway as myself on many an occasion on her busy way to one of her very important meetings, I'm sure. In her perfectly tailored business suit. Looking prim and proper. Well groomed. Miss Neiman Marcus in the flesh. Not a hair out of place, matter of fact.
BUT - One thing's missing. HELLOOOO lady...perhaps you missed the memo. Today's offical No Frown day here in these parts. And you are clearly breaking the rules today.
Turn your miserable looking, pursed lipped self around, then come back. Only THIS time, let's try that with a smile. Yeah, you got it.
I'd looove to say that to her...
You know what? She not only walks around looking as if she has a stick crammed somewhere far up her nether regions, she actually doesn't even REPLY when you walk past her and say a chipper "hello". WOW...I'd like to take that stick and smack her right over her head to knock some sense back into her. I mean, at least say "hello" back...I'd even settle for a muffled "uummph" or something. It's something. But as my boss always reminds me "Common sense isn't very common". More like common courtesy in this situation.
So...today, as I walked right past her in the main Nursing Office holding my usual stack of paperwork on my way to fax-dom, I decided to say more than my usual "hello", fully aware with the knowledge that she just might have chosen to pooh-pooh my efforts once again in being a pleasant individual. I stopped, smiled, and said "Hello _______ "(insert the *person's* name here)... "Isn't it a beautiful day outside?"
I was very skeptical over what her retort would be, if any.
My, my, MY was I surprised to see that this *chick* actually wasn't a humanoid or an alien from Mars. She actually had TEETH. And they were friggin beautiful. We're talkin porcelain veneered to the highest caliber! These chompers were expensive, for sure! Man, if I had a grill that perty I'd be smiling even more!
"Yes, it is. I can hardly wait to go for a stroll around campus after lunch".
The power of a smile, and a word or two. Granted this took a bit more effort than my usual endeavors of triumphing over the frowners of the world...
I just may have a new bff...
OK, ok, I won't go that far.
I have a feeling my hallway frowning superior may have a little bounce to her step as well, next time I see her.
As for now...Score 1 for the SMILING TEAM!
Get your smile on, ya'll!