The positive energy surrounding my campaign stop could almost be felt physically. There was a generally good feeling as the positive emotions seemed to be found in almost everyone. On this 72nd day of I stopped at the grocery store after work for a few things…
1. Immediately after entering the store I was greeted by an employee. He was friendly enough but the lack of a smile made me wonder about the sincerity of his banter.
2. I passed an older man on whom I literally watched a small smile push itself onto his face. He looked at me and had a neutral expression but he was pressing his lips together for several seconds before they pulled back to reveal a small smile. I’m not sure why he was trying to hold it back but I am glad it made it out.
3. A little bit younger gentleman with a goatee passed near me next and revealed a smile of his own, though with a lot less resistance.
4. An employee pushing one cart and pulling another, both full of product was crossing the aisle at the same place as me. As we both moved to avoid a collision she smiled at me in passing.
5. The gentleman I walked by next cast me a long, wary glance out of the corner of his eye as he walked on. He looked deeply suspicious but I get that sometimes. We all live in a world of our expectations. Some people expect people to be mean and hateful so they are not surprised when that happens. I tend to be the opposite. It’s really a choice for each of us to make.
6. As I approached the register another employee with a couple of quick items jumped ahead. She then turned, smiled and motioned for me to come to the register anyway. She knew she would be but a moment. The cashier laughed at the other employee and smiled at me as well.