Probably it's just me. I like to smile. Even back in college, my schoolmates tagged me as "Mr Smiley". An advocate for Smile? I dont' know. Haha.
While I like to smile, I would also like others to do the same. Well, it's just a smile, because smile creates happiness and joy; and that's what we should aim for in life too. And the world will be a happy place!
And for that, I just can't see people who doesn't smile. I wondered what makes them not to smile?
A few months ago, I encountered this:
I frequent a nasi padang stall for lunch. But what I had been noticing was that the Makcik (who I'll refer her as Makcik Nasi Padang in this blog entry) didn't seem to smile even while serving her customers.
Once, I smiled at her and she just ignored my smile. Well, not that I wanted her to reciprocate, but I was just curious. So I asked her, "MakCik, apasal tak senyum?" (Auntie, why didn't you smile?".)
Her response was something uncalled for - in her stern voice, she replied "Makcik tak suka senyum. Memang dari dulu lagi!" (I don't like to smile. Even since my early days!)
And my immediate and natural response was like "Kenapa? Senyum tu kan sedekah? Nabi galakkan kita untuk senyum dengan semua orang." (Why not? Isn't smile is a form of alms and the Prophet encouraged us to smile at everybody)
She just ignored me.
Today, I bumped into her in the bus. Well, to be exact, she approached me. She smiled and started talking to me! It took me awhile to realise that it was the Makcik Nasi Padang!
We had a quick chat and she was smiling all the time. Wow!
I find this amazing. Has she changed? If it is, it's great! Now her customers will be happy too being served by her.
As I reflected, I don't know if that question I asked her made that difference. But at least, a message had been sent. And I believe, we all can play a little role to make a difference in everyone's life. And I hope I did.