The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Why I Smile –Even When I’m in the Grocery Store

We stand much more in need of encouragement, of positive and clear direction. We know well enough what is wrong with us, but the monotony of the life sometimes makes us so dejected that we cannot seem to do anything about it. What we need above all are words that will make us love one another and advice that will strengthen us to overcome evil with good.

–Thomas Merton. The Sign of Jonas

Medjugorje, sunset


The “American Food” section in a German grocery store.

5 comments on “Why I Smile –Even When I’m in the Grocery Store

  1. Leya
    September 26, 2015

    Yes! Have a great weekend!

  2. Darlene
    September 26, 2015

    Kraft Macaroni and Cheese! I wish I could find some in Spain. It is crazy what you miss. Keep smiling. 😀

  3. joannerambling
    September 26, 2015

    Yeah we have sections like this in our supermarkets

  4. davecenker
    September 30, 2015

    Well, yeah, I think I could manage to do a good portion of my grocery shopping in this twenty foot square space 🙂 Kidding, sort of 😉 But, you bring up a great point Paige. Instead of focusing on the negativity around us, it most certainly helps to shift that focus toward positivity, whether it’s a genuine smile from a stranger, or a box of frosted pop-tarts 🙂

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      September 30, 2015

      It’s always interesting to see what gets promoted as “American” when abroad. I haven’t had a Pop-Tart in ages, but maybe I should do so as my patriotic duty… 🙂

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