Traveling Inspired > toolkit > Travel with a smile

Travel with a smile

I’ve always been told to travel with a smile. You’ll catch more bees with honey, right? We all smile a little more when seeing amazing things on vacation. Even if it’s just the elusive smile of a teenager. But last week at home, a trip to the grocery store made me think about smiling even more.





My story starts with spin class. I try to go to spin class at a minimum of 3 days a week. But since I have clip in cycling shoes, I often wear flip flops to and from class. Well, it was a cold morning so I slipped on some shearling lined Merrell mules. I’m not gonna lie. They look a little like slippers. But they’re not!! They have really thick soles. Anywhoo, after class, I had to run to the grocery store once again to get more milk. My boys go through that stuff like water.

I have to say when I made my quick trip to the grocery store, I was hoping I wouldn’t see anyone I knew, and prayed no one would notice my slippers shoes. I was gonna be in and out. As I pushed my cart towards the milk section, there was an elderly lady blocking my path. I took in her gray hair and bright floral shirt and went around her towards my goal. As I stopped in front of the milk, I felt her hand on my arm. She said, “I just have to tell you something.”


FullSizeRender 2

The offending footwear…


I braced for impact. I just knew she was going to ask about my slippers shoes and talk about how the world had become way too casual. Even I knew I needed to be turned in to the fashion police that day. But she said nothing of the sort. She said,”When I passed by you and looked up, you gave me the brightest smile!”

Uh, what?

She went on, “You gave me the brightest smile, and I really needed it today. And it made me smile. So thank you for that, I won’t forget it.”

Uh, wow.

I was floored. For lots of reasons. I didn’t even realized I smiled at her. I don’t think I’m one of those bright and shiny people that smile everywhere they go. I can’t believe I was unconsciously smiling at her as I passed by. I’m grateful she said something and reminded me the impact a simple smile can have. And of course I realize that she didn’t notice my slippers shoes. My smile blinded her to my atrocious footwear choice.

So that’s the story. Let it be a lesson and reminder to us all. Do not wear shoes that look like slippers. And don’t underestimate the power of a smile! Have a great week!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *