I was on a smoothie kick a while back. Kefir, berries, spinach or anything else yummy and nutritious. I would make one in the morning and drink it while driving to work. I often, (okay ALWAYS) stop and get an iced tea at my favorite fast food establishment on my way as well. This one particular morning I ordered my tea, pulled around and took another swig of my blueberry smoothie. The window opened, I paid and of course smiled really big while saying thank you. The cashier visibly jumped back after looking at my beautiful smile. I moved on to the next window and glanced in the rear view mirror….yep it looked like my mouth was rotting from the inside out. There were pieces of blueberry and remnants of spinach all over ( and I do mean ALL OVER) my teeth and gums. It was so gross. No wonder that sweet cashier jumped when I smiled at her. I was mortified. Well. I still had to go to the next window and pick up my drink. I thought of just high tailing it out of line and going on to work….but then I could never go to this establishment again out of embarrassment. I had to face this head on. I pulled up and literally there were 4 or 5 people trying to get a look at me. The window opened and (yes I got all the crap out of the my teeth as I proceeded to the next window) I said, “Oh my word! I promise I had a smoothie (and showed them my smoothie cup.) I promise my teeth aren’t rotting out of my head. I promise I brush my teeth religiously.” Well, they all cracked up and said, “ we needed to see you with your teeth rotting out…” I was overly embarrassed but they all got a great laugh out of it so I guess it was worth it.
It is important to spread joy where ever you go, even if it’s not intentional. I could of acted like nothing happened or been mad at their laughter but, why? It was hysterical! If you have an opportunity to make someone smile, do it.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
If you have a choice (and you always a choice) choose joy.