How The Wonder Bread Delivery Guy
Reminded Me that Attitude Trumps All
For years, the Wonder Bread brand had a stock line in all its advertising: "helps build strong bodies 12 ways." If you grew up in the '60s or '70s, you couldn't have missed it. I hadn't given a thought to that line in years, at least not until this morning, when I was walking into a drug store to pick up my morning newspaper. The snow was coming down fairly hard, with predictions that the temperatures would plunge severely today, leaving it in the single digits by night. Just the kind of weather that tends to prompt strangers to exchange bits of gallows humor as a coping mechanism.
As I entered the store, I nodded hello to the Wonder Bread delivery guy, who was unloading product from his truck. I hadn't recalled ever seeing him before, but even a casual glance from the corner of one's eye suggested there was something extraordinary about his body language. He seemed to be relishing his work, and was wearing one of the widest grins I've ever seen. He returned my greeting with such an infectiously joyful greeting of his own that it left me grinning too. "Beautiful day, isn't it?" he bellowed, his grin growing even wider. This is a man who no doubt spreads positive energy to at least a few dozen people each day, no matter the weather or whatever other challenges they might face. His product may or may not build stronger bodies, but his infectious joy for life certainly has caused me to look at things just a little differently today.