The Darlin’ Sweetheart at the Counter

August 11, 2014

I just returned from Kona, Hawaii, visiting two of my grandbabies. My thirteen-year-old granddaughter, Karsen, joined me on the trip to meet her cousins for the first time.

Yet, before Karsen and I boarded the plane, I commented, “Karsen, be looking for something delightfully unusual so I can write about it for my August devotional.”  All week nothing noteworthy happened except for a plethora of dirty diapers. Then, when we least expected it, the unusual moment found us. We met her in the Los Angeles airport at 5:30 in the morning after flying all night over the ocean. She worked behind the breakfast bar.

“Well, hello little darlin’! Good morning! What can I get you, sweetheart?” With dazed eyes and a speechless look I replied, “Coffee, please.”  She responded, “Ohhhhh, of course, sweetheart, my little darlin’! I’ll get that right to you, my precious.”

For real? I questioned. Then Karsen and I noticed, over and over and over again she greeted every customer the same way. Then the light bulb went off in Karsen’s insightful teenager brain, “Grammy, there’s your August devotional!”

ATTITUDE.  First of all, attitude is a choice. Who knows what personal difficulties that lady might have been facing? So lesson #1: Attitude within is more important than the circumstances without. She made the choice to be cheerful, time and time again.  And lesson #2: Attitude is more powerful than atmosphere. What Karsen and I will remember most about the trip is not the many-hued colors of the sunsets melting into the ocean or Hawaiian hula dancers in grass skirts, but the mindset of an ordinary woman with an extraordinary attitude who stood behind a counter selling croissants and coffee. Most of us don’t live in Hawaii, but we all have the choice every minute of whether our attitudes will be the highlight of another person’s day or vacation.

A snapshot of that lady will go into a picture album I’m creating of Karsen’s trip. Attitudes deposit lasting impressions for a lifetime. I wonder, Pam, will your picture go into someone else’s memory book for this day?

ATTITUDES. They’re contagious.  Is mine worth catching?

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