That lady in the supermarket this morning, to be precise.
I looked up from selecting my gourmet tomatoes
to see a lady smiling brightly at other customers in the supermarket.
My heart immediately lifted,
as it tends to do in the face of a smile.
I had the thought that I often do.
That this world would be so much nicer
if people could make eye contact, smile and say g'day to people
Not frown at them.
Not look away.
Not bump you, hurrying past to that place that they need to get to so quickly
so that they can run on to the next.
I left the fruit and veg section with a smile on my face too.
Then, to be honest, it got kind of weird.
I passed the lady again in the dairy aisle.
Right where she was bestowing her magnificant smile on the cheeses.
Then again in the bread section where her beaming face was greeting the crumpets.
Apparently the light fittings deserved a big, bright toothy grin.
This was one happy lady.
Granted, she might have had tetanus and it was beyond her control.
Or maybe someone slipped some happy pills in her morning cuppa.
But apparently she was happy to smile at anything,
living or not,
pasteurised or baked to perfection.
I don't know what it was.
But I am hoping that she was in her happy place.
And you know something?
If I hadn't run into her repeatedly and seen her imitation of Jack Nicholson in The Shining,
she would have made my day a better one.
So I expect that she is overall having a positive effect on the world.
There are probably only a handful of us that will be having nightmares...