On days or weeks that present a challenge to finding a positive moment to really feel, I try to make a big effort to notice the little things. For me, without fail, it’s little things that create happy moments. It’s like stepping into a puddle of joy – it’s temporary but stays with you a little longer than you think.
Today’s bigger smile moment came not from getting a free iced tea (although I am grateful for that), but from a stranger spelling my name correct. As anyone with an unusual name or atypical spelling knows, it’s a rare instance when someone gets your spelling correct. And that’s fine because there are many ways to spell names, but I was still surprised at how nice it felt to be spelled correctly for a change.
I can honestly say that this – a stranger guessing my correct spelling – has never happened before. I even have prescriptions written with the wrong spelling when doctors have my file in front of them. And I would never have expected for someone at a coffee/tea shop that I infrequently visit to have gotten it right during a busy lunch hour without even asking.
To this, I am delighted.
And I also am so aware of how I didn’t even pay attention to this individual’s name, even as they wore it on a badge.