The Importance Of Smiling :)

It was a rainy day once again. NOM felt happy because of his quotes. They had kept him happy all week long when it had been pouring with rain. Especially one of them:”Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”

That’s exactly what NOM had done. Literally. Everyday he had gone outside, stepped into the pouring rain, danced, laughed and felt happy. Afterwards he had taken a long hot bath in his cardbaord box and made sesame seed tea.

Because of that NOM was in high spirits. Today he decided to go to town for a change. He needed to go to the supermarket to buy some sesame seeds and other groceries. NOM got out his green shopping bag and put on a rain coat. Then he skipped off to town in the pouring rain. The colours of the clouds were a grey-ish black and the grass and leaves were dripping wet. Add the mud and a downward hill and the fun could begin (for NOM)! Because it was way to slippery to walk, NOM simply slid down the hill sitting on his rain coat. He laughed and waved at the birds that flew past him taken aback by the sudden movement.

mud!! (pic from google images)

By the time NOM arrived in town he was completely covered in mud. His yellow raincoat was no longer yellow, it looked like a big muddy leaf. NOM’s fur was all tangled and knotty and looked awfully brown. But NOM didn’t care. In fact he still laughed when he stepped into the town square. “That was fun!”, he said and walked into the supermarket his feet leaving trails of mud behind. Inside people glared at NOM. Everyone looked cranky and moody. ‘Why is everyone so grumpy?‘ NOM thought. ‘Is it just because of the weather or what?’ He wished he could help them but didn’t bother about it anymore. He had to go shopping!

NOM stood in front the sesame seed section of the supermarket and started picking out different flavours. Plain, caramel, chocolate, vegetable flavour…

“WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING HERE???” a voice suddenly screamed behind NOM.

NOM flinched. He turned around slowly to find one of the shop assistants staring at him in disgust.

“YOU ARE MAKING THE BIGGEST MESS IN HERE! This mud is DISGUSTING. Who told you you could go SNEAKING around the supermarket thinking NOTHING of this MESS you made here??!!” the shop assistant yelled so loud, there was spit flying out of his mouth. ‘Jeeesh he’s in a mood!’ NOM thought. “t’s just a little bit of mud…”

“NO, it’s not just a LITTLE bit of mud!!” the man kept yelling.

‘Oops..did I just say that out loud?’ NOM thought. ‘Okaay I have to come up with a solution to calm this man down otherwise I’m not going to get my sesame seeds…’

“I’m really sorry I ma….”, NOM started.

“NO YOU ARE NOT SORRY. I KNOW IT!”

Ok, so a simple apology doesn’t work…what else could I do?’ NOM really had no idea how to get out of this.

“If you don’t leave in ten seconds I’m going to report this to my boss and there will be some SERIOUS consequences.ONE….” the shop assistant threatened.

‘Oh ok…’ NOM thought… ‘Now he’s getting seriously angry.Keep thinking, keep thinking…’

“TWO….”

What can I do? Uhm Uhm Uhm…’

“THREE…FOUR….”

‘Why is it so hard for me to think of an excuse? I need my sesame seeds…‘ NOM was desperate now.

“Uhh well I could uh clean the floor?” NOM said unsure.

“FIVE…SIX….” the assistant kept counting.

‘OK that obviously didn’t work…’ Then he remembered one of the post-it notes that were stuck to his mirror back in the cardboard box: SMILE! It always works! ‘Yes that’s it!’

NOM started smiling at the shop assistant and said: “You know I will clean the whole mess, I really don’t mind and then I can give you a hand and work in your shop for today, cheer everyone up a bit…and later I’ll invite you for a little coffee at the cafe up the road, the one with the pretty lamps. You know I really am sorry I left mud all over the floor. It’ll all be clean in less than one hour. I just want to take one thing: sesame seeds. Thank you.” Throughout the whole speech NOM smiled brightly at the assistant.

The man stared at NOM speechless. Then he managed to stutter a few words: “Uh well if you…you do that…that would…be..uh..yeah”

NOM just kept smiling. The shop assistant didn’t know what else to say so he just stuttered something and turned around to go to some sort of room that had a sign saying ‘Staff only’ on it. NOM thought he could see the trace of a smile playing over the man’s mouth as he disappeared into the staff room.

‘Did it work?’ NOM wondered. He chose all the sesame seeds he wanted and a moment later the shop assistant returned carrying two mops and a bucket full of water. He handed one to NOM and kept the other one for himself. Then he started sweeping the floor whistling.

Wow what happened to him?’ NOM couldn’t stop gaping. Just minutes before the man had yelled at NOM like he was some sort of thief…and now he was whistling and sweeping the floor.That smile trick had actually worked! NOM started sweeping the floor too and an hour later, everything was spotless. NOM found out that the man’s name was Paul and he worked here everyday except for Mondays.While they had been sweeping the floor people had passed them,  looking grumpy at first but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up and smiled too.

Two hours later NOM sat in the cafe with Paul and some of his colleagues who had been just as cranky and were now happily chatting and sipping their coffee. The afternoon had turned out to be really fun. Everyone had been in a mood, but when NOM smiled at them they cheered up. Smiling was the key to making people happy. Especially on rainy days. Then, later in the afternoon, the sun came out and a rainbow appeared on the sky.


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NOM’s Vision Board

NOM sat on a bench in the middle of the square of the village and ate sesame seeds. A big bag full of groceries lay next him on the bench packed full of goodies for the week.

“Now I just need my decorations”, NOM said. Before heading off for his shopping trip NOM had noticed that the walls of his cardboard box were a bit plain so he decided to buy some. He needed something really colourful and inspirational.

NOM finished his bag of caramel-flavoured sesame seeds and started walking along the shops admiring the many clothes that were on sale. He looked through some more shop windows and saw delicious bread in one store, colourful fabrics and textiles in the other and books in another one. Then he came across a shop that looked particularly intersting. Looking through the big glass window NOM could see photographs paintings and stacks of magazines all either hanging on the walls or lying on the floor.

Then he saw a sign that was stuck to the shop’s entrance. It read: Make your own Vision Board here!!

“What’s a vision board?” NOM wondered. After some thinking he slowly opened the shop’s front door and stepped in. From the inside the shop looked even more intersting. Huge shelves with magazines and other pieces of coloured paper lined the walls. The floor was carpeted making it nice and cosy. NOM pulled out a magazine from one of the shelves. It was a travel book showing many pictures of places from around the world. Fascinated NOM started looking through the magazine and dreamed of visiting these destinations.

“Can I help you?” A friendly voice suddenly said behind him.

NOM looked up. It took him a while to register the face. It was a young woman wearing a big pair of black glasses. She also wore a black dress with a little sign pinned to it saying “I’m Shelly.” Shelly smiled at NOM.

“I think so”, NOM said. “I saw that sign on your front door and it said you can make a vision board.”

“Do you want to make one?”, Shelly asked.

“Well I was wondering what a vision board is.”

“Oh you don’t know. Well then I’ll better explain. Come with me.” Shelly headed towards a corner in the room where there where multiple big posters stuck to the walls. Above the posters was a sign saying: “VISIONBOARDS“. NOM quickly followed her and looked at the posters. They all had pictures of beautiful places, clothes, different sports, money, food and other cool things on them.

“Wow that looks NOMazing.”, NOM said.

Shelly grinned.”I know. These are vision boards. People make them for all their goals and visions for the future. Vision boards help people to concetrate on these goals and visions everyday and this will help them stay focused on them and eventually achieve them.”

NOM got excited. “That’s awesome. I could use one of these for my home. I was going to decorate the walls anyways and this is perfect! Can I make one here?”

“Of course! We have many magazines and photos you can use to make your own vision board. It’s also easy to make one yourself at home using old magazines and newspapers and anything else you might like to stick on your board.”

NOM decided to make his vision board in the shop. They had so many pretty magazines and photos he could use. He got a pair of scissors and a big piece of cardboard. Then he started looking through magazines and cut out photos of the things he loved and wanted to be or achieve in the future. (e.g places he wanted to travel to, things he wanted to buy, something he wanted to become and much more). When he was done he was very proud and looked at his finished vision board:

NOM thanked Shelly for showing him how to make a vision board and made his way home. Back in the cardboard box he put his masterpiece on the wall and looked at it proudly.

Now whenever NOM walked past he would look at his vision board. It made him feel more confident and he was always reminded of his goals. He wanted to achieve all his goals and dreams so he did something everyday to move closer to his goal (one of his goals was being able to make sesame waffles without a recipe and he achieved that goal in a day:) ).

Now it’s your turn to make a vision board! Get out some magazines and scissors and start creating your masterpiece 🙂 It’s really fun to make and will help you with all your goals and dreams. Put it somewhere you can see it everyday like above your bed. Have fun! 😀

Any thoughts about vision boards? Do you already have one or are you planning on making one? Comment below!