Lessons from my neighbourFebruary 25, 2012
February is fast becoming the month for life lessons.
I had an interview at the job centre today. Later, as I turned the corner to Pie Palace, I bumped into the cousin of my neighbour. I call my neighbour noisy reggae man and he’s an absolute diamond. His girlfriend on the other hand…
I was chatting with the cousin outside the block, when the door opened and noisy reggae man emerged with his bike. He came down the stairs to the street and we had a short exchange. The conversation went like this:
“How’s it going? You know, you always have a smile on your face.”
I hadn’t realised I displayed this countenance. Isn’t it funny how others see you? Anyway, I would soon bring daylight on that magic, as I replied:
“Oh, really? I don’t have much to smile about, but hey, what can you do?”
Why did I say that? I can be snarky on this blog, but generally I look for the positive and save my bile for the outrageous, stupid, criminal and corrupt. Don’t have much to smile about? I had a brilliant interview with the man at the job centre, who became my co-conspirator as we agreed the game this government wants us to play is silly, but we’ll play it anyway. I have work for Monday, which, if all goes well, could stretch to a full week, and a friend paid for me to go ice-skating, which, after having to give it up in December because I could no longer afford it, was priceless. Yes, the financial situation continues to be dire and it’s very stressful, but by all accounts, I’ve had a good week.
His response was swift and sure.
“Don’t say that! There’s plenty to be happy about. We’re here for a start. Look at the news! Those people don’t have much to be happy about. We have a lot to be happy about. Keep on smiling!”
Well hush my mouth… it certainly did.