Finding A Smile

smile    “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

“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




About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on December 1, 2012, in Caring, Counsling, Family, Friends, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Great post Stu, bubbles are lighter than crap, let them keep rising to the top. Prayers your way!

  2. The Tundra Two-Stepper

    I agree with your Thich Nhat Hanh quote. I’ve often found that when I’m feeling low, and realize that I want to stop feeling low, I will force a smile on my face and in a few minutes I am already starting to feel better. And as I continue to feel better, the smile remains naturally.

  3. I always like to smile at people when I’m out – I just know that if I’m having a bad day and someone smiles at me and says hello it goes a long way to brightening my day so I like to do the same for others (this does take a big effort as I am really quite shy so I have to work on lifting my head from staring at the ground to make eye contact)
    I never know what day they are having, if they are lonely or sad, been stressed etc. I smile at Mum’s of young children, I can recall sleepless nights and days when children misbehaved, a smile might brighten their day. I love smiling at old people, you always get a big smile and a hello in return and the next time they see you they often get in first with the smile and a greeting

  4. I love your quotes above. Sometimes, I have to smile to fake it until I make it. It usually works. Sending you smiles too.

  5. Excellent quotes, Stu. I have found that when I’m alone and blue I can pull out a DVD of some humorous or heartwarming movie and it will help drag me up from the dregs.

  6. A smile is one gift which costs nothing. I hope that more are coming your way! You have a great smile. 🙂

  7. I love your quote! Whatever happens, keep smiling, Stuart!

  8. I was once told that if you continue to smile on the outside, even when times are tough; you soon trick your mind into thinking you’re smiling on the inside too.

  9. Glad to hear that you are finding a few smiles and a little laughter.Just a suggestion; make a note of those times too in your journal.You willsmile to see the progression of your healing when you feel free and whole again. Jill

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: