As I was walking through the grocery store, I noticed how we can’t tell if someone is smiling or snarling behind the mask. I watched so many people’s eyes as I only needed a few items and I wasn’t in a hurry. For the most part, they looked grumpy, agitated and a few of them looked like they were scowling. I know grocery shopping isn’t the most fun activity, but where’s the human kindness? In fact, I felt like that because I couldn’t see their faces behind the masks, they didn’t even try to hide their negativity.
So, me being me, I smiled at them. When we ended up in a spot where our carts almost collided, I let them go first and smiled under my mask. “Go ahead,” I offered, but received no response whatsoever. And it happened a few times!
Life is so interesting these days. I find people watching fascinating and I didn’t take offense to any of the reactions to my patience and kindness. I just wished them well and hoped they’d snap out of the fog that they are in.
It’s hard to read people’s reactions from behind the masks, don’t you think? Unless you can watch their eyes and even then, I can’t really tell unless their eyes crinkle that they’re smiling. Maybe they can’t see my reaction either, but I did use my voice to let them know I was being kind. And I didn’t do it for anything other than to be kind. But it was so interesting how there was zero acknowledgement of kindness in return.
How’s it going where you are?