I have to be very careful. To borrow a line from my fellow motivational speaker Kelly Swanson, I am more happy than crappy. Isn't it all a matter of perspective? You know, it could always be worse, so be happy, right? Well, I have to be careful. Not everyone has what we have. I'm so used to helping people put things in perspective, knowing that when you shift your perspective you shift your mood. People who look at the positive are so much more productive and people like being around them and doing business with them. Recently, I slipped into 'motivational speaker' mode when I had an encounter at Catholic Charities. Yves and I like to volunteer our time on Friday's at their soup line. It's very organized, served cafeteria style, with long tables for people to sit and eat meals consisting of pastries, fruit, rice or beans, hot dogs or on this day, roasted chicken. They told me roasted chicken is a big day for the homeless!
As I greeted each person with a perky smile and welcome as I handed them napkins and utensils, one person said "I wish I was as happy as you." I didn't even think twice – just as a habit – I responded with 'You can! You have a roof over your head, a hot meal'…
Then it hit me, this young man was homeless. He in fact did not have a roof over his head. I told Yves on the way home how much that affected me and he gave me an idea that would be perfect if in fact I see this person again or if a similar situation comes up again. I can look at them and tell them that they in fact have made my day. It's true – just seeing the faces of the people makes my day. So next time, I need to be more sensitive to helping someone shift their perspective by first being aware of what their perspective might be.
From your grateful to continue to learn lessons from others, motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman