Here are the NATION & WORLD headlines from the newspaper I picked up yesterday:
Number of Diabled Vets Increasing
Relief Boat Sinks
Chopper Crash Kills Pilot
Many Indian Farmers Commit Suicide
Coyote Attacks on the Rise
Thefts Rise With Copper Prices
Nepal Detains Protesters
…and so forth. And this doesn’t even include the recent attrocities in Myanmar, tornadoes in the southeast, and earthquake in China. Sure you get the idea that there is hardly any good news this day in age, but it’s just plain insane that this entire 10 page section honestly does not have a single piece of uplifting news! I just happened to make this observation while absorbing the irate travelers in the airport all around me. Seemingly everyone has a frown on their face and stomps around the airport angry at life.
Just today my teamates and I grabbed a quick lunch at Subway where they have a selection of five dollar footlong subs – keyword “selection”. That is, not all footlongs are just five bucks. However, the woman in front of us threw a tantrum because she was being charged a dollar-and-a-half more for her twelve inch sammy. You see, the sign specifically said which subs were five dollars and which were not. Her’s was clearly not. She even went as far as to leave without the sandwich and an aggressive bout of head shaking, exclaiming, “Well then I’m not paying for it!” Sure, we all got a kick out of it and weren’t quite sure why she was so up in arms about it, but that’s besides the point.
THE POINT IS that there’s too much bad news in the world today to be so angry! Moreover a smile, a thank you and corresponding please are enough to make a person’s day. In fact, I told the overworked Subway employee that they’re running a very efficient operation and gave him a very sincere “Have a nice day.”
So giddy up my loyal readers, put on a smile, and have a nice day!