I’d rather be the one who smiled, than the one who didn’t smile back.

Morning Prayer:
August 22, 2017
Prayer by Emma Grace ’21

Good morning Marist. I hope your summer was fulfilling and memorable.  As I was thinking about this message that I want to share with you, I came across an intriguing article.

The New York Times interviewed a man named Walt Bettinger in early 2016. Bettinger is the President and chief executive officer at Charles Schwab, an investment service company.  The interviewer asked, “What are the Lessons that you learned in college?’

Bettinger responded,

“A business strategy course in my senior year stands out. I had maintained a 4.0 average all the way through, and I wanted to graduate with a perfect average. It came down to the final exam, and I had spent many hours studying and memorizing formulas to do calculations for the case studies.

The teacher handed out the final exam, and it was on one piece of paper, which really surprised me because I figured it would be longer than that. Once everyone had their paper, he said, “Go ahead and turn it over.” Both sides were blank.

And the professor said, “I’ve taught you everything I can teach you about business in the last 10 weeks, but the most important message, the most important question, is this: What’s the name of the lady who cleans this building?”

And that had a powerful impact. It was the only test I ever failed, and I got the B I deserved. Her name was Dottie, and I didn’t know Dottie. I’d seen her, but I’d never taken the time to ask her name. I’ve tried to know every Dottie I’ve worked with ever since.”

Now Marist, I believe the meaning of a story is predominately divined from one’s own interpretation. Therefore, I will not tell you what I think this story means, how it relates to my life or how I think it may relate to yours. After all, who wants to listen to a girl with a faceless voice, tell them what to think or how to live. With that in mind, in my last few words, I will leave you with one of my favorite mottos.

“I’d rather be the one who smiled, than the one who didn’t smile back.”

Let us pray

Dear God,

Thank you for another day. Grant us the courage to live outside of the box and be leaders in whatever ways we can. With full hearts and clear minds, let us begin the day with you, and a smile.

In your name we pray, Amen.

Mary seat of wisdom pray for us.

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