The Value of a Smile
“A smile is a blessing, a benediction, a gentle breeze–an energy wash that is friendly and warm.
When a “passer-by” on the street smiles at me I feel welcomed, as if that person is affirming my presence on the planet.
A smile is the silent sign-language that says that life is good, you are good and I am good, no matter what is happening.
A smile is a sun that pierces through clouds of discouragement and brings a hug without arms.
When I smile I feel so good, it’s as if my entire being is made lighter and lifted by the corners of my mouth as they rise.
A smile is easy and costs nothing but its value is immeasurable.
Yesterday I made a decision to notice smiles in the course of my day. I discovered that most of my smiles came about when I passed or saw other human beings.
A smile is a welcome, an embrace, a generous flowering of heart, conveyed effortlessly and joyously.
Smiles sweep away the clutter of a worried mind.
Smiles are like stars bringing light to darkness. Imagine our universe, its millions of galaxies, each shining with millions of smile-light.
My imagination makes me smile when I’m playful and happy. When I allow it to dwell on what I’m afraid of my smile disappears. All I need to do to find it again is to re-direct my imagination to anything marvelous, delightful or delicious that makes me smile. Gratitude is a grace that restores my smile. Thanks for family and friends, food and beauty, all the blessings in my life I can so easily forget to appreciate. I’m smiling now as I realize that I need to remember and realize this!”
Esther Francis, copyright 10/10/07 www.estherfrancis.com