(Happy Musings is a newspaper feature syndicated by King Features that I create each day to remind us all that “Life is wonderful!.”
We are all occupied with making a better world, in one way or another. At least that’s the big goal for most of us. Oftentimes we are preoccupied with things that seem to fill our days that do not seem to be making much of a head way in that direction. However, when we are doing whatever we are doing, large or small, we can include the element of kindness. It makes such a difference in our exchanges with others. And, little by little, as we dust kindness across our day, our world gets better too.
little village in which I live there is a special restaurant – The Girard
Gourmet. It is not a restaurant in the
usual sense. It is a bakery, a European-style
delicatessen and coffee house. It runs along a narrow rectangular space with a
few tables inside and then spills out onto the sidewalk. It is owned and operated by a Belgian couple
– Francoise and Diana. They are round,
jolly, creative and hard-working. The
food is delicious and all “homemade”. They
feed La Jolla
While Francoise is in the kitchen overseeing the cooking and baking, Diana is out front handing the customers with the rest of her staff. But there is a quality that encompasses the restaurant and waifs out the door along with the smells of freshly baked bread, homemade soup or their famous cowboy cookies. It is the essence of the restaurant, the essence of the people who own it and operate it. It is kindness. Everyone smiles. Everyone is helpful. Everyone is creating delicious meals for the customers. Each sandwich is prepared individually and to exact specs. Each plate is served up graciously. No rushing as each helper operates efficiently and independently.
It is a treat to go into The Gourmet, not only tummy-wise but heart-wise. Such a simple thing as kindness makes this part of the world better for sure.
“Life is wonderful! Don’t forget it.”
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