Would You Like
Happiness With That?
September 24, 2015
Imagine walking into a small, delightfully decorated café with deliciously appetizing aromas wafting in the air. A colorful, hand painted sign urges you to seat yourself anywhere you’d feel comfortable. Do you choose the cozy booth by the window so you can enjoy the view as you dine? Or, do you walk straight to a secluded spot in the corner away from others? (Today, be both. Be seated.)
Suddenly, a smiling face appears, lined with age and wisdom, and asks what you’d like to drink. “Sweet tea, thanks.” Cheerfully nodding he hands you a menu and says he’ll be right back, turns and strolls away humming a familiar tune. As you open the brightly colored menu you smile at the menu titles, some of which read: Joyful, Smiles, Laughter, Bliss… Glancing out the window your smile widens as you start humming the same tune while tossing around the idea of dessert, too.
Meanwhile in the corner, you do nothing but wait silently for your tea while scrutinizing the menu, completely oblivious to the uplifting labels; debating if you should tip because you noticed a small crumb on the chair next to you.
Immediately returning the jolly fellow places a cold glass of tea on the table, smiles broadly and asks, “What’s your pleasure?” Stealing a quick glimpse out the window at the gorgeous day before ordering a cheeseburger you impulsively decide you’ll drive the scenic way home. After all, the jaunt will allow you to happily daydream.
The scene in the corner is quite different. He smiles. You frown. He asks. You mumble. He suggests. You grumble. He waits. You hesitate. He hums. You groan. Finally you tell him you’d like a cheeseburger, cooked very, very well, no onions.
“Would you like Happiness with that?” he asks piercing your jumbled thoughts with his gaze. Taken aback? Offended? At the very least caught off guard you fumble around for words and finally spit out, “I am happy!”
“Of course you are.” He spoke with such compassion you’re momentarily stunned. Not sure you heard correctly you stutter, “Pardon me, but I don’t think it’s any of your business.”
“Happiness IS my business.” He replied. “And it should be yours.” He merrily said as he strode away.
Fuming, you glare at the menu searching for ‘happiness’ and daring it to present itself. Scanning your eyes slowly begin to focus on words like: Gratitude, Love, Kindness, Believe… Shaking your head you grapple with how you didn’t see them before. Clearly they’ve been in front of you the entire time you sat with your back to everyone. Convinced a trick is being played you turn in your seat to search for the elderly gentleman. He is talking with someone in a booth at the window.
You laugh out loud after he asks, “Would you like Happiness with that?” as he placed your freshly prepared meal on the table in front of you.
“Why yes, yes I would. And make mine a double!” you reply feeling a flush of empathy toward a perfect stranger who just made you laugh out loud. A double dose of happiness… what a blissful thought you muse while sinking your teeth into the best cheeseburger you’ve ever tasted.
So, which ‘you’ is the real ‘you’…window seat, or corner table? Do you appreciate a beautiful day while anticipating a glorious scenic drive or look for stray crumbs left by others? Worse, use the crumbs of another’s presence to make poor decisions. Friends, my hope is you live life from a window seat instead of a corner table and order a double dose of happiness often. Happiness is always on the menu and totally addicting. Enjoy!
Can you imagine…life as a colorful menu?
Smile and get your happiness on!