Your “today is a good day to have a good day” smile. You smile just because it’s another day that you have been given. You woke up on the right side of the bed. You have joy within you that automatically brings a smile to your face and you want to share that joy with others, so you smile!
Your share smile: your smile might be the only smile someone will see today and you want to share your smile with them in hopes that they, too, will smile. In doing so, that other person may have a better day and is lifted up because someone smiled at them.
Your return smile. When I am deep in thought or concentrating on something specific I have a tendency to frown. My eye brows are scrunched up, my eyes are focused and my mouth is in a straight line. People who have witnessed this ask what I’m frowning about. No particular reason, just concentrating. They smile at me and my return smile resets my mindset and maybe not take things so seriously! Also, my return smile, brightens the other person’s smile. You just blessed them for smiling back at them. Smiles all around!
Your “I’m barely hanging on, I know it will get better, just take one more step forward,” smile. I’m not saying fake it until you make it. I’m saying that even in the lowest of times or darkest of times, there are still reasons to smile. You are awake and given another day. You have people who love you and miss seeing your smile. You are important and worthy of the life you have been given. You can always come up with at least 3 things to be thankful for that will bring a smile to your face.
Your smile from the heart. The walls, doors, door frames and carpet in my living room were all white. Too much white!! (I’m enough of a mess on my own, let alone 3 children!) I wanted to paint the living room. So began the process of picking the color, the shade, painting poster board and hanging it up to see if I liked it, getting my mind wrapped around moving everything out and taking things off the walls and living in an additional organized mess to get this done. Needless to say, it has been a long process and I’ve dragged my feet. Also, painting is not one of my favorite things to do. So, the procrastination kept going. Then, my brother and sister-in-law wanted to come visit and asked if there was anything they could help with around the house. You got it, I said they could help me paint!! So the process of taking everything down, moving stuff out, covering up furniture that was staying, filling in holes, painting, being not so patient as it dried, moving stuff back in and putting things back on the walls, it’s finally finished! My heart is happy. It feels more like home, more settled. I needed a nudge to get it finished. They provided the nudge and the man power to complete the task. When it is all said and done, I take a look around and my smile came from deep within, from the inside out. And everytime I think about it, an instant smile appears and makes my heart happy. A sigh of contentment is released and a smile is formed.
On the flip side, receiving smiles can immediately change your whole perspective on the world around you.
I hope and pray you have people in your life that know you well enough to recognize when you are in a place that you need a smile or some laughter. Smiling and laughter are the best medicine.
On my side of the family, we have a tendency to joke to lighten the mood of a situation. Outsiders may think it’s disrespectful or dishonoring. Yet, when I call my brother, at my wits end, ready to fly the coop, he throws out a one liner that stops me in my tracks, forces me to take a step back, and in the end throw my head back and roar with laughter. He’d ask, “Too soon for that comment?” Nope, that was just what I needed.
I have a group of friends (yes, I have friends!) that I can be real, authentic and transparent with. Recently, I had a not so great moment. I reached out to my circle of friends, layed out where I was at. Their first response was prayer! Their second, was to bring some light, smiles and laughter to the situation. Within a short time, my feet were planted back on the ground, my head was back in the game, a smile was on my face and laughter was bubbling to the service. It was still a difficult situation to deal with, yet with their kind words and presence, it didn’t seem so bad and I was able to keep walking and working through it while randomly smiling remembering what they said and how they made me smile and laugh.
Smiling and laughter are power things. Life can be overwhelming and hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We were not created to carry such a heavy load. We were created to live a life of Christ. One of my favorite pictures of Christ is of him laughing! The joy and the smile it immediately brings to my face just to see Him laughing. Yes, there are many things in life that need to be taken seriously. Yet, joy can, is and will be found in those moments and times to keep perspective, to keep your head on straight, to keep you on level ground.
There is healing power in a gentle or an ear to ear smile. Share that with others and know and feel what a difference you are making in a simple act of kindness in your smile.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in HIm.