The Talmud explains that smiling (genuinely I will add) at someone is an even higher form of charity than giving him (or her I will add) money, because the smile will enhance the recipients well-being on every level of body and soul.
All I can say is “WOW”!
This movement all started from my Dad’s deathbed when he gave me a big smile the last time I saw him conscious. He rarely expressed joy and rarely smiled. I also didn’t smile very much either. My grandmother committed suicide when my Dad was 9 years NEW and he rarely smiled after that and I wasn’t very happy either. I can honestly say that that isn’t the case any longer. Halleluyah! Joy is revelation! Support joy, SMILE! Common you can do it. Fake it til you make it, if you have to. The child within wants to have fun and be joyful again.
I found this on Intenders of the Highest Good newsletter this month.
“We create the New Earth simply by finding our joy. When we access our joy, everyone and everything around us is affected in a positive way. Then, from that joy, we can turn any area into an area of light, love and peace, where all our needs are met NOW. This is our task. This is why we came here at this time.”
I know that its not easy at times to find your joy, but it IS always there and available within us all. Its a gift from God, or maybe it IS God. We all have challenges, but if we can focus our thought on the good that always surrounds us no matter what is happening on the human scene, that is where you will find your joy. Count your blessings NOW. Acknowledge the good. Its a shift of focus, that is all. I always tell people all day long when they ask me how I am. I say, “I am blessed, and so are YOU.” Its the truth and it usually awakens the person I am speaking to. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, because some people don’t understand what I mean. But, that’s ok with me because I feel led to say these powerful thoughts. It helps me as well because I am acknowledging that truth all day long.
Our society is so focused on aging from the time we are little. Instead of asking others, “How OLD are you?” We could say, “How NEW are you?” Every day is a new day and everyday that you awaken you are fresh and new. Every moment is new. That is the truth too. It takes the sting out of your “number” if you are 20 years new! It sounds fun actually. We are just expressing qualities at different stages. How about accepting the “number” that you are or just say you are an ageless wonder, and just focus on expressing more love, kindness, smiling, joy, integrity, high moral standards, doing what’s right, thinking each day how we can bless others? If people started thinking THAT way, we would have no WAR and we would be bringing The Smile Revolution to planet Earth. Go to a nursing home (House of Wisdom), and bring cheer and smiles. I dare you. Go to a homeless shelter and talk to them and see how you may be able to help someone.
Go to a hospital and volunteer. Maybe read to someone something uplifting or entertain them somehow if that is a gift of yours. Feed the poor. Give time or/and money to a cause..Haiti or Chile etc. Genuinely SMILE to everyone you see today whether you “know” them or not. Express unconditional love. Stop judging people whether its your family member or a so- called stranger(someone you just haven’t met yet, but is part of your family on Earth). Forgive everyone for everything. NOW. I dare you.
When someone takes drugs, instead of saying that person is “getting high”, I think we should say they are “getting low” or “going down”. Its glorifying drug use like its something good and substantial, which its not. How many children these days are ruining their lives from heroin in high school?
Our priorities are off and its at a dangerous level now. Why are teenagers in Los Angeles robbing celebrity homes to get designer clothing, and jewels? Celebrities lives are envied and too much in the public eye..like they are each a God. Our society worships them. Instant gratification is rampant in our society. What are our movies, advertisements, television, magazines, websites and music teaching our children? Are we feeding the next generation wholesome ideas to uplift and inspire them to greatness and to be all that they can be?
A simple smile can save us all. Let’s learn from the children. See their smiles. See their innocence. See their purity. They know something that we forgot. We were them- a long time ago. That child is still within us wanting to come out and play. Its about giving and receiving smiles. Sometimes I need your smile. Sometimes you need mine. It breaks the spell of gloom.
If you can focus on being a blessing to others, you cannot help but smile. How can you uplift others? We are at a critical point right now in history. Its up to you to help save our race with grace. Stand up and be counted. Joy is contagious. Forgive and live. Therein lies our freedom.
A sincere smile shows forth love. Be bold. A simple smile will do. It’s from Heaven which is within us. That’s where our substance lies. It’s not in gold and rubies. I am not knocking nice possessions, but it’s the worship of them. What are you worshipping? Is your God money or is it LOVE? How can you love more today? I saw an important film called “Invictus” about Nelson Mandela and how he saved South Africa through the power of forgiveness. He was in jail for 30 years for standing up for his human rights by white people and he could still forgive them and lead his nation to heal and drop their hate and love again. If he could do that, anyone can forgive anything.
Happy New Decade, my internet friends. I found this in The Poughkeepsie Journal and wanted to share it with you. Many blessings to you.
1. Meet life honestly and courageously.
2. To get more JOY, give more JOY.
3. Think more about the happiness you can GIVE.
4. Say definite things that MEAN something rather than generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little.
5. Believe in the beauty of your dreams.
6. Do not be afraid to care too much.
7. Do the things you think you cannot.
8. Know that what one has to do usually can be done.
9. Learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
10. Be curious about life.
11. Live life with flavor.
12. Ask of others only what you are willing to do yourself.
13. Believe in PEACE.
14. Use energy wisely; it takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
15. Never turn your back on life.
16. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
17. Grow a tender conscience.
18. Think NEW thoughts every day.
19. Accept whatever comes; meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
20. To be friends with anyone else, be friends with yourself.
21. Have a great mind: discuss ideas and events, not people.
22. Remember that happiness is not a goal; it is a byproduct.
23. Have convictions.
24. Be FRIENDLY.
25. Understand that it is not a question anymore of what is good for “me,” but what is good for the world.
26. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure.
27. Leave the world a little better and brighter as a place to live in.
28. To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.
29. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.
How did it begin the idea of looking DOWN on people who are “old”? Many people in this country look at “old” people like they are inferior, like they are less than “us”.
Just because they have more wrinkles and may not look as attractive as “younger” people, does that make them people with no value? In the Native American culture, “older” people are called “Elders”. They are given that name out of respect and to look UP to them for wisdom and advice. Most people who have lived longer, do have knowledge from experience that others could benefit from. Why do we discard them and forget about them in nursing homes? I think of people as “ageless wonders” expressing qualities. Its very enriching spending time with our “Elders”. I have entertained in many senior homes and have found it to be very rewarding. Many people these days are depressed and feel victimized because of losing their homes or jobs etc..
I have started a new campaign. Every day is a new day and every day that we awaken we are reborn. We are fresh and new everyday. Why do we have to believe that we are old our whole life from the time we are born? I talk about this on this blog on another entry, but this is an important idea to keep promoting. When you are two months “old” you are already “old”? People ask, “How OLD are you?” your whole life! WHY? Next time someone asks how old are you, you can say, ” You mean, how NEW am I?” They will say, What do you mean? You can tell them that every day is a new day and I am reborn every day and so are THEY. Its for everyone not just you. I always include the person or people I am speaking to in the idea. Its wonderful to wake up every day and think that you are fresh and new today. I love it. It changes everything when you think that way.