Finding A Smile
“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
― Mother Teresa
I haven’t been smiling much for awhile, but a few have found some making their way up from the depths, working the proper emotions, and sharing them. That in itself is a good thing. I’m aware of those times, and I look forward to more of them. I’ve even caught myself laughing again, not a lot, not wholly and freely, but those bubbles are surfacing too.
Smiles are needed, not only for me, but for those I love, to help ease their feelings and concerns. Not falsely, but knowing that the path is starting to be walked. It will take time, and in this I’ve been overwhelmed and inpatient. I’m trying to learn to relax, cope, give myself a break, care about myself again, and retain hope amidst the outpouring of support and love.
When I had my theater company, one of the things I’d tell people was that what we did was give a gift: we had the opportunity to give our audiences laughter and smiles. I believed that, and it was one of the things that kept me going. Hearing them laugh during the show, seeing the smiling faces as they were leaving the performance space…that was golden. Better than applause.
Funny to see that same response in the Mother Teresa quote above, which is why I placed it there. That does feel good.
“If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.” ~Andy Rooney
Posted on December 1, 2012, in Caring, Counsling, Family, Friends, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support and tagged being in the moment, caring, compassion, concern, coping, giving thanks, God, happiness, hope, joy, laughing, Laughter, love, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, patience, smiles, strength, Thich Nhat Hanh, understanding. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.