Attitude-"Every Day Is a Good Day- Some Are Just Better Than Others"

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Quite some time ago, I wrote a post about the most positive elderly grocery clerk that I encountered at my grocery store. I don't see him too much anymore, because he must work during the day only. Well, today I stopped by the Safeway to pick up some things for a Christmas party during the day.

I saw my favorite grocery clerk,Paul, once again. He is still working bagging groceries and still insisting on carrying out my bags. He wanted me to be able to enjoy the coffee that I just bought! Now, if you read my post link above, you will know that Paul is at least 80, slurs his speech and has had some brain surgery.

It wasn't until today that I learned exactly what he has been through. This made me appreciate him even MORE!

I asked him if he liked the smell of the bread baking throughout the store and he told me that he no longer has the sense of smell since he had his brain tumor. I asked how long ago his tumor was removed and he said, "Which one?"

He proceeded to tell me that he has had FIVE brain tumors with the first one appearing in 1981. He said he lost his smell, his vision in one eye, 80 Percent of the vision in the other eye and his hearing. He said he now has "mechanical ears." He also lost his sense of taste and had to re-learn so many things. He explained that is why his speech is slurred.

I told him he seems to be doing well now. His response was the same as it was months ago when I first met him- "Every day is a good day, some are just better than others."

He reminds me once again that Attitude is EVERYTHING!!! 

Thanks again, Paul,  for your inspiration.


Kristi DeFazio is a Realtor in Colorado Springs. If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in Colorado Springs or the surrounding areas, give Kristi a call at 719-459-5468.

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Jim Fogarty
Lakes & Leisure Realty, Inc. - Breezy Point, MN

Kristi,  Great story, I loved reading it and hearing about Paul, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Attitude is like Altiude while flying, "if you get to low you will crash."  Love the blog.



Dec 16, 2009 02:37 AM #1
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Thank you for sharing this.    Good to be reminded that it is our own perspective of our personal events that shapes our story.

Dec 16, 2009 02:39 AM #2
Pam Simpson
Bob Leigh & Assoc., LLC - Senatobia, MS
GRI, Broker-Assoc.

Thank you for sharing this.  It gave me a needed smile for today.

Dec 16, 2009 03:00 AM #3
Rachelle McMahan
Golf Savings Bank - Grants Pass, OR

Kristi - that was wonderful.   Perspective.....I keep telling myself that and this was a good one to remind me of how lucky and blessed I am.

I hope wish you and Paul a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Dec 16, 2009 03:05 AM #4
Lisa Walston
Atlas Property Group and Abbey Church Properties - Greenwood, IN

Thanks for the reminder, Kristi. Currently I am working next to someone who is being particularly grumpy and negative. It's nice to come across this posting to get me back into a good place. Thanks, again.

Dec 16, 2009 03:07 AM #5
Lori Bowers
La Quinta, CA
The Lori Bowers Group

What an inspiration Paul is! When we truly stop and look at our lives, we have so much to be grateful for.  If a man like Paul can look at the brightside, keep a good attitude and go on living so can we. 

Dec 16, 2009 03:19 AM #6
Kristi DeFazio
RE/MAX Advantage - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468

Jim- I love that quote- I will have to remember that one!

Pam- Smiles are always good. He made me smile, too!

Rachelle- I always try to keep things in perspective- it is sometimes hard to do.

Lisa- Glad I could help. :) Send this post to your grumpy co-worker.

Lori-Thanks, I try to look on the brightside, but it helps when I run into people like this.

Dec 16, 2009 04:14 AM #7
Joyce Heffner-Williams
Keller Williams Clients' Choice Realty - Monument, CO
Owner/Broker/EcoBroker - Monument Real Estate

Great attitude!  Love it!  Make it a great day!

Dec 16, 2009 12:51 PM #8
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Kristi, I liked that comment too about attitude and altitude! Very cool! Thanks for sharing Paul with us. 

Dec 26, 2009 05:36 AM #9
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