"What seems only a ripple today. . .can become the wave of the future."
January 10, 2017
This is a revised previously written article I wrote more than a year ago.
I checked myself, and yes, there was an uplift to my lips, which meant there was a smile on my face. My face, if I am not smiling, looks like I am angry, mad at the world, and sometimes, my look seemed to say, “If you say the wrong thing to me, I’m going to be all over you.”
I didn’t know this was how people saw me. I didn’t have many friends. I thought it was because I was extremely shy, quiet, and didn’t know how to start a conversation with anyone. When I was in training to become a long distant operator, we were told to always put a smile on our face before answering the call, because our customers could tell if we smiling and the call would go better. I could do that for the customer, but not in public where I could be seen.
After working there for a while, the other operators slowly began to speak with me and then to laugh and joke with me. When they felt comfortable enough to share some of their personal thoughts with me, more than one said in different ways, they were surprised I was so friendly because they didn’t think so when I first started to work there. That is when I found out how my looks and my attitude affected the way people perceived me.
When I left the phone company, I started thinking of changing. I decided I would change my facial expression and how I presented myself. I would say hello to everyone with a smile.
It has made such a difference in my life just doing that one small thing. I don’t have to know how to start a conversation. I discovered that a little smile as I said hello is all the other person needs to start a conversation with me. It may not seem like much to you, but it has made a big difference for me, in me, and I hope the people around me.
Now, this wasn’t easy for me to do. To smile at strangers. I’m sure in the beginning I probably looked a little silly as I tried to do what I was not used to doing. As time went by, it became easier and eventually, just a natural thing to do. Occasionally, I revert to my unfriendly, unsmiling self and as soon as I realize I’m not smiling, I put the smile back on my face.
If I am in a bad mood or have some problem on my mind, a smile takes it away and I am a better person. I can think better to solve my problem and it changes my mood.
I spend so much time smiling and speaking, I have decided to do my own interview talk show. I am so excited about my new adventure for 2017. Tomorrow I will give the date, time, and link to the show. I sure hope you join me.
Until next time, have a great day. lw