First, if you haven’t entered the James Dean Contest the deadline is June 30th. As surprising as it may be that is Wednesday so subscribe now. Many of the people I encountered on my campaign stop this 59th day of Campaign Smile seemed to be wrapped up in experiences that had nothing to do with the people around them. Even better, they seemed to have found happy places to be so good for them.
1. As I was walking down an aisle in the retail store I visited one of the store employees walking past the aisle looked toward me and my smile. She turned back to her path with a half-smile. The funny thing is that she looked right at me but didn’t seem to even notice me there. Have you ever experienced that? I thought it was awesome because she seemed to be in a joyful place in her mind.
2. Another woman hurrying past the same aisle pushing her cart likewise looked toward me and smiled back but didn’t seem to be actively involved in her immediate surroundings. I say do what you have to do and think what you need to think to feel happy. That happy feeling is what I am trying to help engender and it will bring you untold benefits in so many ways.
3. A third woman who was walking toward me in one of the main aisles saw my smile, rolled her eyes and turned her cart down an aisle. It was really quite comical to watch. She rolled her eyes in the direction that she turned and I didn’t know if she had forgotten something, was expressing comic exasperation with her shopping or really was rolling her eyes at the goofy guy smiling at nothing. Not one of those possibilities would make me enjoy her expression any less.
4. When I was just stepping up to the register the cashier was leaving the opposite way. I smiled and she smiled back and laughed as she said I caught her trying to sneak away.
Not counting the half-smile I had another 50% success rate with smiles today. Certainly, though, that does not count the impact that I made in the long run, only immediate smiles. That brings the total to 202.
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