I’ll be honest – I just didn’t want to go to work today.
I had a slight headache. (Slight.) It was dark out. And raining. I could be just as productive if I worked from my house, and I wouldn’t lose time commuting through traffic… I could offer a plethora of reasons and justifications as to why it would make sense for me to stay at home, but mostly, I just didn’t “feel” like going to work. I just don’ wanna go!
What am I, two years old?
I took a big breath, let it out with an exaggerated sigh, “put on my big-girl panties” (as a friend likes to say), sucked it up, and got in my car. Drove to the city. Parked. Started walking to my building. Going to work.
After I past the first block towards the office, I had a little coaching session with myself. “Stef”, I began, “if you retain this attitude, today is going to be a long day. A long day. A llllooooonnnngggg day. So. How about you find something – anything – that will help turn this attitude around. Okay?”
So I started looking for today’s smile extra-early. And not five minutes later, I found it.
I was walking in the skyway, shielded from the rain, protected from the wind, half-heartedly looking out the glass barrier, when suddenly the top of a skyscraper came into view. Most of the interior floors were illuminated, and the contrast of the light of the building against the still-dark early-morning sky struck me. It looked cool, and interesting, and soothed me. I paused. I looked. I smiled.
I took a picture. (Two, actually.)
Awesome – 6:15 am, and I have my smile for the day. Sweet!
But, the story doesn’t end here. Fast forward to 9 am.
I’m sitting in my office, very much over my earlier internal temper tantrum, clicking away on my computer. An email arrives in my inbox. I open it.
The message is from my coworker, who tells me that she reads this blog every day (aw, sweetie!), and that she likes the items I post (yay!!). She then tells me about a smile moment *she* had this morning: She was stopped at a light downtown, and looked over to the car in the next lane. She saw a baby in the backseat, totally mesmerized by all of the skyscrapers. My friend was amused by the kiddo, so she waved; and received a HUGE baby-bliss smile in return. Wow.
I then got to share with my coworker that *I* was also mesmerized by the skyscrapers this morning, and showed her the picture I took. And gave her big smile, too.
Talk about a “coincidence”.
Today’s a great day after all.