During my break at lunch, I stopped by a grocery store to take a look around and see if there were any good deals available. I popped in, browsed around but unfortunately left empty handed.

I noticed a man in his mid-30’s struggling to carry groceries to a car. Bags and cans were following all over the place. I immediately offered my assistance. As it turns out, he was patiently waiting for his Aunt who was getting her hair done. He went ahead and took care of her grocery list as a way of helping her out. He was extremely grateful for my help and thanked me repeatedly. It became apparent that he suffered from a form of Down Syndrome, but his beaming smile told the real story. We briefly discussed the oddly chilly weather in May, hockey and how thankful he was to work for his parents catering business. He was just recently hired and so proud of his success. “I’m so happy to feel like such a major part of the family,” he proclaimed.

He was also very complimentary of my tie, belt and sunglasses. He told me that I looked “cool” and that he wanted to be just like me. Humbled, I left him with a comment that put an even bigger smile on his face.

“I appreciate the compliment, but I wish I could be just like you. You smile like you mean it, have a lust for life and truly value everything you have. I could learn from you.” He smiled, shook my hand and said. “It’s always nice to make a new friend. Thanks for talking with me and keep smiling!”

And guess what? I kept one on my face for the remainder of the day.

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow. Simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” – Santosh Kalwar



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