Monday, February 8, 2010

How Are You Today?

Indiana was freezing this morning. A harsh 8 degrees according to my kitchen window thermometer.

I pulled into work and started the walk from my car to the building. Freezing!

I looked up to see ... "How are you today?" ... That's what I call him anyway. I have no idea what his name really is. All I know is this ... He is an older gentleman who walks from his employer to the gas station every morning. He gets a cup of coffee and sometimes a newspaper. Then, he walks back across the parking lot to his job. I can't remember a morning when he hasn't been there, walking back with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and waving his other hand at each person that passes. The gentle wave is followed by "How are you today?"

This morning I did NOT expect to see him, not with it being this cold out. But, there he was ... a cup of coffee and a wave.

I waved back and smiled, "That's a cold walk for you today!"

"It sure is." He paused, "Hey, I haven't seen you for a while. You been good?" His words created a fog between us. Another indication of the extreme cold.

"Good! No complaints here." I pulled my coat a little closer.

I passed him as he replied with ... "Ok, you take care."

"You too!" I waved and hustled into the building.

I was puzzled ... I've seen him every morning for probably the past year. I know I spoke to him each morning last week. Yet, he said ... "I haven't seen you in a while." Why was that?

Later that morning, a cup of coffee in my hand and sitting in front of my computer ... it struck me ... I was smiling. Not one of those pasted on smiles ... the ones I'm sure I've given more than once. I was really smiling. I looked right at "How are you today?" and I smiled, I stopped and listened to him.

I know this because I had a bad day yesterday. A day that left me feeling hurt and frustrated. I spent a good deal of time in prayer this morning before work. I made the decision to smile at those around me. Why? Because the look someone gave me yesterday and that person's actions ... hurt me. I know they had no intention of hurting me but it hurt anyway. After thinking long and hard about it ... I decided that it was possible I had somehow hurt others by looking at them without a smile or without kindness in my eyes. My actions had probably been hurtful without my even realizing it.

"How are you today?" didn't recognize me ... Wow! A smile makes that much difference! Wow, God makes that much difference!

So ... "How are you today?"

John 13:34-35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."


  1. I am in tears, as I read this....we never know how a simple smile and positive attitude will make a lasting difference.
    Hugs, andrea

  2. Yes, we just never know what a "smile" alone can bring into those who needs kindness. Love. Acknowledgement instead of feeling rejected. When we realize how much God's love was poured into His children's hearts, it really gets rubbed off toward others. And that's what He wants. Love Him first. Then, love others. Beautiful...Blessings.