An ice cream truck cruises our neighborhood and around the lake. It’s a big green truck with a large window for ordering ice cream and big decals of its wares—ice cream cones, ice cream bars, popsicles. The truck plays an irritatingly cutesy tune over and over….and over.
When I was walking around the lake, I heard the tune before I saw the truck. I’d say, “There’s that damn ice cream truck.”
The other day, I heard the tune, looked out of the window, and saw the ice cream truck outside my home. (The truck cruises our neighborhood a lot because there’s lots of children.)
Suddenly, across the street, a dozen or more children rushed out of a home, followed by a man, pulling his wallet out of his jeans. Apparently, he was a teaching a class in his home or babysitting (or both).
The children gleefully danced on the sidewalk to the ice cream truck’s tune and jumped up and down at the prospect of ordering their ice cream bars.
I was charmed.
Now, when I hear the ice cream truck’s tune, I remember the children gleefully dancing. My attitude has changed about the tune.
Have you had the experience—something minor totally changes your attitude?
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