Day 43. Twinkies on an ordinary day are meaningless to me but not on this day

365 Days of Living the Dale Carnegie Principles

Day 43.  Saturday, May 7, 2011
I woke up on Saturday morning to the sound of the hustle and bustle of my best friend’s busy household.  She and her husband have 7 children. 

I decided it was the appropriate time to open my suitcase and surprise the children with the goodies I frantically purchased a few days before the trip.  The children, always curious when Miss Smiling Daffodil opens her suitcase, stood by, watching in anticipation.

I apologized to my friend for bringing junk food in the house.  The children squealed with delight.  “Twinkies!  Don’t show dad the Twinkies otherwise he’ll eat them all!”

At lunchtime the box of Twinkies was brought out.  Fortunately, there were enough Twinkies for everyone.  (A minor detail I forgot when it comes to big families)

The children unwrapped the cellophane and ate their special treat that “Miss Smiling Daffodil brought them all the way fromTexas.”  I sat there eating my Twinkie watching with fascination.  A box of Twinkies on an ordinary day means nothing to me.  But today I watched with pleasure how Twinkies made 7 little children smile.

The Dale Carnegie principle I used is from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
–  Create happiness for others.

Remember, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to create happiness for others.  And when you do create happiness—whether it’s with a box of Twinkies, lending a helping hand or sharing your time—you get far more in return. You get the satisfaction of knowing your efforts brought about a smile.

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