A few weeks ago I went to the grocery and when I walked in I couldn’t help but notice the young mom ringing the Salvation Army bell, or trying to ring it. She had two small children with her and they wanted to ring it. She gave them the bell and they were ringing with such enthusiasm that I couldn’t resist putting something in the bucket.
Yesterday I went back to the same store and this time there was an older lady ringing the bell. Her face clearly said, “I don’t want to be here.” She rang the bell as if she would like to bean someone with it. I couldn’t make myself give her any money, even though I felt like I should.
I don’t know what caused the lady to look like she’d just lost her best friend, but I do know that her attitude caused me to examine my own.
What do people think when they see me out shopping? Do I look tired? Frustrated? or both? When I’m standing in long lines do I look like I want to bean someone with my purse? I hope not.
My mom told me many times that my Grandmother Bell was fond of saying “Kindness doesn’t cost anything.”
She was right. Smiles are free and our faces look much more pleasant when wearing a smile than they do when we frown.
Someone once said, “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.”
I think that someone was right.