Words Matter: Keep Your Smile #SOL18

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Words matter: Keep Your Smile

Last Friday as I was driving to work I noticed my gas tank was reading nearly empty so I decided to head into my neighborhood gas station to fill up.  I was feeling a little rushed, wanting to get to school early so I could finish up a few projects in the quiet of the day before the teachers and students arrived.  I didn’t want to take the time to stop now but thought it better to stop now than late Friday afternoon when I simply wanted to get home. I quickly rolled down the window and gave the attendant my credit card.  I heard the whoosh of the gas filling my tank and I decided to take the time to check my to do list on my phone. Soon thereafter I heard that familiar ‘click’ signaling my gas tank was full.


The attendant returned to my car window and politely said “keep your smile” as he handed me my receipt.  I was stunned with these words – “keep your smile.” The words rolled off the tongue so easily yet I don’t think I had ever heard the phrase said quite like the attendant had that Friday morning.

I thought about those words as I drove to work and as I walked into the building.   How would I “keep my smile” today?  I had much to do but those words just continued to pop up in my mind.  Everywhere I went and all that I completed that long Friday came back to the words “keep your smile.”  My attitude of smiling all day was definitely impacted by the words of the gas attendant earlier that morning.  The phrase uttered to me changed my day, put a bounce in my step and allowed me to accomplish all I had on my to do list – and with a smile. I was struck by the power of a stranger’s words said to me at a gas station, of all places.

I was left thinking about my words and how they can impact the students and teachers I work with. It was a quick reminder that everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life – simply by saying the right words at the right time.  How powerful is that: words do matter. 

How have words changed your day? What were those words?

10 Replies to “Words Matter: Keep Your Smile #SOL18”

  1. Isn’t it amazing what we notice when we live the writerly life? I love those words and your reflection. I will be trying out the phrase for sure! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yes indeed. My eyes and ears see and hear things that might have otherwise gone unnoticed if I wasn’t living this writerly life. Sounds like a new post right there!

  2. Love how this simple phrase brightened your day! What a great story! I would love to know if someone said it to him as some point and it had a similar effect so he kept passing it on. Thanks for sharing this experience.

  3. Yes, words do matter and that smile too 🙂
    Many years ago a relative told me these words about giving advice to people. Give advice only when people ask for it otherwise be ready to listen to their words. Since then I have tried not to give unasked advice 🙂 but some times words of advice just pop out 🙂

  4. What a great phrase, “Keep your smile!” I’ve never heard it before. I love how you took the memory of those words through your day and felt their positive impact. You’re right, Words do matter!

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