Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blessed with a Smile...

You never know if the person you are sitting next to on a plane is going to be the next President of the United States, a famous singer, they might have just lost a precious family member; You never know if the person in front of you in line at Starbucks is going through a hard time, having the best day of their life, or just going about their daily routine and ordering a grande, non-fat, extra hot, Chai Tea Latte, X the water. (Okay, that last person might have been me...).

Every person has a story, MANY stories that you can't always read just by looking at them.  You never know what they are dealing with in their lives at that very moment you get the privilege, that precious short opportunity, to cross paths with them.  Sometimes, a smile can speak a thousand words, or a smile can even save a person's life. No real words, just a simple smile...

Often, I find myself trying to get in and get out of places with as little people contact as possible. I don't want to be bothered, and I want to avoid conversations at all costs. ...I understand, you might not always be in the mood to smile.  In fact, you would be weird if you did smile all the time (unless you are Buddy the Elf: "I love to smile, smiling is my favorite!").  But how many times has a person smiled at you when you are in one of these moods and it turn that frown upside down?  Just about every time for me (unless they are one of those annoying smiles that look like they are rubbing in the fact that they are having a better day than you).  I am talking about a real, genuine smile people!  This is a friendly reminder to smile more.  (Mostly for myself...) It's contagious, its exciting, heck, it just feels good~

I am a quote nut, so here are a few of my faves about smiling:

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.  ~Jim Beggs

Always remember to be happy because you never know who's falling in love with your smile.  ~Author Unknown (Oldie but goody!)

Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Have a blessed day full of smiles!