“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” – – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Friday I was shopping for a new pair of casual dress slacks at a nearby mall and stumbled upon this forlorn and lonely looking mannequin sitting all by itself near the store’s entrance.
When I first passed by the figure I paid it no mind. “So what”, I told myself, “it’s just another dumb store mannequin meant to highlight some type of instore sale. No big deal.”
After spending a fair amount of time in the store locating sales personnel, discovering a pair of slacks I like and trying it on in a cramped fitting room I finally meandered through the store towards the checkout station.
On my way there I overheard a number of female shoppers complain that they were exhausted from shopping and that their feet were killing them. One mentioned that a friend they were supposed to meet at the store did not show up and neglected to send them any type of message by cell phone.
These revelations persuaded me to change my attitude toward this inanimate store promotional fixture. The comments helped breathe a new life and meaning for it in my way of thinking.
I realized that the figure sitting quietly on the display shelf was indirectly offering harried shoppers the opportunity to realize that they were not alone in their shopping frustrations.We all have bad days.
The emotional rescue and understanding this “dummy” offered shoppers was available only to those who took the time to appreciate the fact that “it” was even there.
Broken spirits and resolve could be uplifted by this almost invisible entity.