The Good Things in Life

Katherine - Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Entered on January 18, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: integrity, work
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I believe that if you work hard and remain truthful, great things will come to you further down the road.

Recently I was working at a local retail store straightening my nine hour shift away. With the hustle and bustle of any retail store around Christmas, it is hard to see the good in anything. As I was straightening the racks that were destroyed by the on bringing of customers, I must have had a very distorted look upon my face. An elderly man, about in his ninety’s, shuffled up to me with his cart full to the brim with Christmas toys and gifts. I thought nothing of this at the time, since it was senior day, and many elderly folks were throughout the store asking about fifty questions each. I stopped and asked the gentleman if there was anything I could help him find. He then reached out his hand and touched mine. With his other, he reached into his protruding cart and brought out an assortment of meats and cheeses. He looked me in the eyes and quietly asked me if I believed in giving my mail man a Christmas present. I started to give my explanation of why I thought it would be a good idea, when all of a sudden he reached over to my hand again, and told me everyone deserved a gift at Christmas time. I simply agreed. We continued to converse for what seemed a good ten minutes. After some time, he grabbed my hand and held it tight. He asked if I was married. I replied with an honest, “No.” He looked me in the eye, and then told me these words, “If you work hard and remain truthful in everything you do, you will never be unhappy.” He then shuffled his cart to the checkouts and left the store.

As I think about those words now, I come to believe that if you do work hard and remain truthful, you will be happy. I have come to believe this in everything I do. It has helped me to get though the tough times in life and help me see the positive side of everything. Even though the man might have just needed someone to talk to, he left a lasting impression on me.