She’d assimilated life in a positive way and Jen noticed that even when as she’d watched, something didn’t go according to plan, the woman took a deep breath and carried on.

Sheryl’s Daily Prompt

Jen Warren smiled at the older woman as she gathered her wares and headed out the door. She seemed tired but in a good way.

Jen was a people watcher. People were fascinating, intriguing, delightful and completely unique in their own way. Everyone had a gift (whether they were aware of it or not) and as she studied people and their responses whether it was in the grocery store or in a park, at the seaside, in a family setting, their responses told an amazing story.

The lovely woman, so elegant in her manner, in the way she pushed a stray strand of hair off her face, the look in her eyes, the way she sat stood and moved so delicate and refined, was a joy to behold.

She’d assimilated life in a positive way and Jen noticed that even when as she’d watched, something didn’t go according to plan, the woman took a deep breath and carried on.

A few minutes earlier, a crass youth had entered her stall and picking items up and carelessly dropped them when they were of no interest and the woman simply smiled and said something amusing which stopped the youth in their tracks and they looked a tad shamefaced and moved away, slunk was a better term. Jen would love to have heard what she’d said. It had the desired effect; the uncaring youth moved on before anything was damaged.

The difference in attitude was like night and day. While one had learned to accept the reality of life and either adapt, use, or move on, the other seemed stuck in frustration anger, and dissatisfaction. It was so intriguing to watch.

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