Smile... You'll Like It!

Friday, 25 March, 2011 - 2:37 pm

The shopkeeper was troubled when a brand new business, much like his own, opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read "BEST DEALS".
He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading "LOWEST PRICES".
The shopkeeper was distraught, until he had an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop-it read... "MAIN ENTRANCE".

Rabbi Baroka, a Talmudic sage, visited a market place accompanied by Elijah the Prophet. Surveying the scene, he asked, “Is there anyone here who will receive a portion in the world to come?” Elijah pointed out two men who were walking through the market place and responded, “Those two."

Rabbi Baroka approached the men and enquired as to their trade hoping to discover the special merit that deserved such a reward. “We are comedians,” they responded. “We entertain and amuse people with our jokes and when there is a quarrel we attempt to lighten the situation through our comedy."

Think about this story for a minute; there must have been many people at the market place that day. I’m sure there was an entire cross-section of society at the market, possibly including other sages. Certainly there were honest shopkeepers who kept accurate weights and didn’t overcharge their customers. However, who was pointed out as meriting the world to come? The two people who spent their time making people smile.

We may not always realize the impact that our positive attitude has on those whom we encounter. It’s not only our mood that is affected by our smile but all those who we interact with. Beginning with our family, extending to our co-workers and even strangers, we have a moral obligation to great them with a positive attitude.

The Talmud relates that smiling when giving a poor person charity is even greater than the money we are sharing, for it nourishes not only their body but also their soul.

And what do you know? All challenges are easier to face when we have a positive attitude.


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