Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Smile Took Me Up Stairway to Heaven

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Smile Took Me Up Stairway to Heaven

Article excerpt

HELLO. How are you? How has your day been? Simple words. Something I said years ago while driving taxis to earn enough to go on a working holiday in Europe.

It was in the afternoon on an inner suburban rank. A man in a tweed jacket and carrying a satchel was getting into the back seat.

C[pounds sterling]What did you say?'' he asked brusquely.

C[pounds sterling]Good afternoon.''

His mood changed. C[pounds sterling]That's the first nice thing anyone has said to me all day.''

How often do we do that? Genuinely enquire about someone and how they feel, how their day is.

People can say it so easily yet do not always have the time to wait and listen, with a feeling of genuine concern. Listening is healing.

The thoughts we have at the moment can alter the future. Just think about it. Positive thoughts can lead to action. Action is better than no action. Words are better than no words.

In some way, thoughts can alter the past. Yet we might leave that alone for the time being. I'm sure there's a pun in there somewhere.

There was another day when I took a Turk to his work in a factory. I simply said C[pounds sterling]good morningC[yen].'

A smile flashed across his face.

As I said, it was a long time ago and there were not many Turks living in Australia.

That was when I realised that may be the only words of recognition he would receive that day.

I'm not talking about people who mouth the words C[pounds sterling]Have a nice dayC[yen].

It's people who are sincere. That's what takes your breath away.

In this role you get to meet a lot of people. People you do business with and people you just meet.

As well as the agents, brokers, builders and developers, they can be buyers, sellers or just people in the street. You get to see a slice of their lives.

A painting on the wall, a photo on the sideboard, books on the shelves, music in the CD racks or sheet music on the piano.

Sometimes you get to talk with the people for a while. …

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