As the days went on, more cheeriness was exhibited from my new co-worker in the form of a bright smile; a heartfelt (multiple) apology for a misstep. I was even treated to a "Quote of the Day" as a co-signature on their outgoing e-mail, which helped me more settle on the simple fact that this person is invested in the positive. Point blank. Period. The only person who needed to be scrutinized in this matter was ME. Yes, life can be difficult. Setbacks will come. Hurt will arise. Hearts will be broken. The world seems more out of control than ever and with the "live big" concept constantly being shoved down our throats in every way possible from music to social media, it can easily cloud how we actually see our lives.
Indeed, we're human and so the gripes will tumble out of our mouths every now and again. But my encounter with my co-worker has reminded me that I have a lot more to be ecstatic about instead. So, the next time I'm asked how I'm doing, I will consider using her reply and, in doing so, remind myself of the truth of it: Life is great and getting better every day.