He said, "Why are you always smiling? You must know something nobody else does, 'cause you are always smiling."
My reply was "I am just a happy person. Thank you for saying that." He said, "No really, every time I see you you have a smile on your face."
That made me think of many years ago when as I walked to the unit where I worked, people would stop and ask me why I was smiling. It happened almost everyday.
In truth, the circumstances of life at the time were not "smile inducing", however at the very core I was a "happy" person, and it just showed up on my face.
There was a point when I realized that no one was asking me "why are you smiling?" It was kind of like when no one asks you where you get your hair done anymore -you know it's time for a change!
That is what I did back then - I made a change. Out of a career that was not keeping a smile on my face, and into a way of making a living that is part and parcel of my life.
As Confucius first, and then later Harvey McKay said "Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life."
So yesterday, I was reminded of that time, and realized what a fortunate person I really am. Years ago as I left for work on Perdido Key - selling real estate along the beach on Florida's Gulf Coast - it occurred to me that I was humming, and almost skipping to get to work. That is when I thought " I love what I do and it shows!" Which became my business slogan.
No truer words have ever been spoken.