The joy of random conversations

Posted on November 17, 2021


random conversations

I try to approach each day with joy, gratitude and an open heart. It really makes a difference! Even the most mundane of errands can turn into a happy experience. I had an especially nice experience the other day.

I got out of my car in the local Trader Joe’s parking lot and next to me, a gentleman was also getting out of his car. He smiled at me and said, “It sure is a nice day, isn’t it?” Now we New Englanders have hearts of gold, but we aren’t necessarily friendly at first. So I replied to this gentleman, “Yes it is. I try to enjoy every day, no matter what happens.” We got into the most interesting discussion about being optimists. It turns out he is a Vietnam Vet. I, of course, thanked him for his service to our Country.

As we went our separate ways, I was smiling and thinking, “what a nice, positive way to start the day.”

Now, I am in Trader Joe’s, which you all know is my favorite store. I ran into one of my friends, Chris, who works in the store. We have bonded over trading stories about our injured shoulders. I had recommended my physical therapists to Chris. Chris, upon seeing me, ran over to me and effusively said, “Nancy, thank you so much for recommending your physical therapists to me. They are great and they are really, really helping me rehab my shoulder.” Chris then gave me an apple tart as a thank you.

I got home with a happy heart. Those two conversations really made my day.

What happy stories do you have to share?

Random conversation photo is courtesy of Nancy White’s Flickr under Creative Commons licensing 2.0.