Always be grateful

Published 12:25 am Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Harold Keller

Friday, while waiting in line at the Reserve post office, I struck up a conversation with a lady in front of me. My opening remark was, “How are you doing?” “Fine,” she answered with a smile, adding, “It’s no use to complain. When you complain, people really aren’t interested, and it brings you down.”

“That reminds me of a statement I heard years ago,” I said. “When you’re grateful, it’s impossible to be hateful.” “I like that!” she said. “I’m going to use it with my family.” “In fact,” she added, “The next time my husband gets mad, I’m going to say, ‘Remember, it’s impossible to be hateful when you’re grateful.’”

Her name was Patricia LeBlanc Williams. She and her husband, Wade, have been married over 30 years. They have four children and three grandchildren.

After Ms. Patricia completed her transaction, I asked her to wait a few minutes because I wanted to talk to her. We shared a while longer, and I asked her permission to write about our conversation. She agreed and asked when the article would be published. “Next Wednesday,” I said. She smiled and said, “You made my day. I can’t wait to see the article!” with much excitement as we parted.

Jeanne often asks me why I think it’s necessary to talk to everyone I meet. The answer is simple – I never want to miss an opportunity to get to know someone God has placed in my life.

Meeting and getting to know Ms. Patricia was a blessing from God, and being selfish, I never want to miss one of His blessings. She made waiting in line a pleasant experience.

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