From the October 2018 magazine.

Smoothly & gracefully

My job as a retail sales merchandiser can get lonely. I visit several stores during my workday to check product displays, expiration dates, shelf presentation, pricing accuracy, compliance with UPC codes and other projects as needed. I interact with store personnel and customers. We exchange the usual superficial pleasantries. Sometimes I float in and out of these stores like a ghost and see no one I know. Sometimes I feel invisible and unnoticed. But I get the job done, no matter the circumstances. 

I have come to realize that the quality of my visits to these stores, as everything else in my life, is not determined by the circumstances or the people awaiting me, but by what I decide to bring with me. 

-- Caryl B.

San Diego, California

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