Last night I dropped off my sewing machine to be fixed. I wasn’t worried that it was damaged beyond repair or about how long I would be without it. But I was a bit nervous about bringing my machine back to the woman who already “yelled” at me once for not cleaning it enough. So I went into the store apologizing and over explaining how I clean my machine once a week and then took the whole thing apart and cleaned it some more, but still it wouldn’t work. A very friendly sales person helped me, letting me know it usually takes a week for a machine repair. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the woman who fixed my machine the last time. She didn’t say anything, just go up from her chair and walked into the back room. She’s disgusted with me, I thought and rude too.
Then, this morning, I read Mary Muncil’s blog post A Fun Little Experiment. It was about a grumpy man who came into the bookstore where Mary was working and how she imagined he would one day smile at her and how he finally did. She said that people are mirrors of ourselves and “When I change my conception of the world, the world (and the people and things within it) must change too.”
After a defensive moment of thinking, yeah, but the woman in the sewing machine shop really is nasty, I realized that Mary was, once again, right. And I decided to try her little experiment. I began thinking kindly of the woman in the shop and told myself that when I picked up my machine, I would enter the store with a new attitude.
At four o’clock this evening I got a message from the Sewing Machine shop that my machine was fixed and I could pick it up. The ‘nasty’ woman worked on my machine ahead of all the others knowing that I use it for my work. I called the shop back and thanked them for getting it done so quickly.
Tomorrow when I pick up my sewing machine, I won’t be nervous going into to the shop. I’ll be grateful. And I’m sure to have a pleasant conversation with the woman who fixed my machine, knowing that the “nasty” was in me not in her.