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Smile – Day 15 – Should you cry, or smile?  Or both?

Welcome to week 3 of focused work on the pillar of SMILE!

I’m so proud of you for sticking with this.  For committing to living a truly amazing life and taking the small, simple, daily actions that make every day amazing.

You rock!!

Thank you for being you, striving for growth each day, and for allowing me to serve you.

I am honored to be a small part of your life and humbled at the opportunity to motivate, encourage, teach, and hopefully inspire your life with enthusiasm.

Now to begin today, a quick thought from John F. Kennedy:

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  – John F. Kennedy

It is absolutely imperative to first think the thoughts of gratitude.

And then to feel deeply grateful.

And also to utter words of appreciation to others.

But don’t forget about ACTION which is what seals the deal in the habit of appreciating.

Thoughts and feelings come first, but don’t let it stop there.

Allow that state of appreciation to spill over into actions of love and appreciation to those around you.

When you do this, you are indeed expressing, as John F. Kennedy stated, ‘the highest appreciation’, through your actions.

Now, the author affectionately known as “Dr. Love”, Leo Buscaglia said this:

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” – Leo Buscaglia

Again, we’re focused on action today, and smiling is definitely an ACT of appreciation.

And just as we discussed a few days ago, Leo points out that it is a ‘continual spiritual exercise’.  Did you think of smiling as a spiritual exercise?  Well it is…you are growing and serving by smiling.

And here’s another lovely way to re-frame your situation and find a way to smile about it, from the amazing Dr. Seuss himself:

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”  – Dr. Seuss

Actually, I think it’s perfectly healthy to cry…don’t go stuffing down your tears now just because Dr. Seuss said to ‘put on a happy face’.

Tears are certainly healthy.  Grieving over loss has it’s necessary place.

But he does make a VERY great point.

You are not required to keep on grieving forever.

You don’t have to feel guilty about smiling.

Even in the event of death of someone close to you, which is about the best reason ever to cry, you always have the opportunity to smile about the amazing blessing it was to have that person in your life for the time you did.

Think about it!  You can complain and poison the rest of your life…

OR YOU CAN CELEBRATE the incredible blessing they were in your life!

It’s always YOUR CHOICE.

As I’m writing this I can’t hold back a huge smile even as tears spill forth onto my desk…

And my heart is bursting with joy as I remember and celebrate my amazing mother, and feel a deep gratitude for the 18 years I was blessed to live with her.

I am forever grateful for that amazing woman, and for God for giving her to me.

She infected me with her love for life, her passion for growth, and an unquenchable desire to serve and lift others.

The church building at her funeral was bursting at the seams with her friends because she was so loved.

Her life and love for me are a gift I will cherish forever…

…and so the point is, listen to Dr. Seuss!

Smile because it happened!

There are so many reasons to SMILE!!

And to finish today, Phyllis Diller, a famous comedian who lived to her mid 90’s was known to have said:

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”  – Phyllis Diller

And I couldn’t agree more.

A smile is the outward expression of a grateful heart and a grateful life.

And it is an outward action that affects our inward state.

It is contagious.

It will change the world.

SO SMILE!

And don’t forget to let the last thoughts you think and write today before sleep be deep gratitude for your amazing life.

Then wake up tomorrow and start the day in the best possible way…feeling deep gratitude!

Make Today Amazing!