This didn’t happen to me; it happened to Better Half, but I liked the story so much I shamelessly stole it. Without even asking! So let’s hope he’s okay with that. Plus I probably am getting part of it wrong, but we’ll call that “artistic license”.
He was at Subway recently and doing the usual check-out thing and the cashier asks him how he’s doing.
He says, “I’m good. How are you?” (standard socially-acceptable reply)
Subway Guy replies, “I’m AMAZING!”
“Wow! I don’t know if I’m THAT good, but I’m fine.”
“WHY NOT? Did you get out of bed this morning?”
“Well, isn’t THAT amazing?”
(Can’t recall what Better Half said in reply, but probably agreed, smiled, took sandwich.)
He told me the story later. And you know what I said, don’t you?
THAT SUBWAY GUY IS AWESOME!
He’s happy he got up. No, scratch that. He finds the fact that he got up amazing. I don’t know about you, but that’s not usually the kind of thing I put in the category “amazing”…but maybe I should. I’ve posted something similar earlier, about gratitude and that just being alive is a gift. This guy definitely has that message. He doesn’t have to have his own jet, or win the lottery, or have a supermodel lady friend. (Maybe he has all those things, but still chooses to work at Subway. It could happen. But probably not.) He got up today and he’s thrilled about it.
The quote-pic I chose for today suggests that we can keep working hard to get more of what we want, or we can want what we have, which is “less” than continuing to get more. Nothing wrong with working toward goals, but the thing is, you have to be happy with where you are right now, as you continue to work toward those shiny, happy goals.
I think this Subway guy is on to that. He wants to get up in the morning, and everything else is gravy. Just getting up = fulfillment. I don’t know a darn thing about his particular life story or what he goes through on a daily basis, I wasn’t even there. But I do know that he spread his little bit of joy out into the world, for anyone who wanted some Subway that day. And now I’m sharing it with you.