The Weekly Smile 10/29/2018 #weeklysmile

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Hi!  I hope you had a good week last week with something to smile about.  I had a very busy week, a bit stressful, but there is always something out there, even if it is something small.  This week, for me, it was pretty big, if not huge.

I belong to our local Lions Club.  As the Lions Club does everywhere, we try to contribute to vision issues, but most of our funds go to help local people in  our community.  Our big fund raising event every year is our Penny Sale, an event that has been happening for over 65 years!

What is a Penny Sale?  We solicit local businesses and get donations of items.  The items can be anything, including coupons, little nick-knacks, etc.  Individuals also donate stuff (I donated three books, The Fireborn, Seasons of Imagination and The Halley Branch, all signed by the author ;) ).  The club itself also buys a lot of stuff.  i think there must have been over a thousand items.  There is also food and several other raffles.

The “penny” part of the Penny Sale is that a person can buy a sheet of 50 “chits”, or tickets, for 50 cents, s a penny each.  They walk around and put tickets in the buckets representing the item they want.  Maybe they’ll place a few in, but if they really want it, they may toss a bunch in.  We then go through and do a random drawing for each item, one at a time.  Since a single shit, or ticket, wins the prize, that prize cost a penny.  Of course some people spend a lot of money on tickets, even $100 or more!

There are other parts of the fund raiser, such as special raffles, 50/50, food,etc., but the big draw is the Penny Sale.  A lot of people show up year after year.  It is a tradition.

On Saturday I helped set up, worked a few areas before the drawing and stood on stage shaking containers full of tickets (Kids come up with the prize and a bucket of tickets.  I pour the contents of the bucket (carefully roving any prizes in the buckets, such as coupons) into a closed container.  I shake very vigorously (people complain if I don’t shake so visibly it can’t be seen four states away).  I then open the contain for the MC to draw the ticket.  I send the container to another worker who waits for the kid to verify the winning ticket (if they don’t double check the tickets to ensure a match, people complain) then pours it out.)

I spent about three hours as a literal “mover and shaker” for our town.  And then there was clean up.

It is a lot of work, but in the end it was a lot of fun and well worth it.

That was my Smile for the week, helping out in a charity fund raiser.

What made you smile?

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Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small.  Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile!  Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).   Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile.  (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).

Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.

You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.

Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)

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“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

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39 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile 10/29/2018 #weeklysmile

  1. Piglet in Portugal

    A Penny Sale, what a brilliant idea! I also LOVE the idea of spreading positivity through our blogs. There is so much negativity in the world – have you watched the news recently?, it’s great to focus on good.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The Penny Sale is always a great event. I think it has been going on for something like 65 years! A big tradition for some people. I do watch, and read, too much news… Yeah, too much of it is bad. But hopefully people can get a few smiles in my little corner of the Internet :)

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  5. ForgivingConnects

    Yay Trent! My Weekly Smile is how compassionate I was when I fell out of bed on Monday. It’s like forgiveness, to be really kind to ourselves! I was also grateful that I didn’t hurt myself more than I did!! Blessings to you. I love how you were of service to charity this week. My spiritual mentor says that Service is the highest form of consciousness on the planet — and look it helps us smile!
    Debbie

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Ouch. I sometimes talk about rolling out of bed or falling out of bed, but most of the time it is figurative, not literal. I’m sorry you hurt yourself at all, but glad that it wasn’t worse than it was. Yes, we always have to be kind to ourselves. Sometimes smiling at or with others makes our smile to ourselves more based in truth, but just as often we need to help ourselves before we can truly help others :)

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  6. Corina

    That’s a great smile, Trent! Fundraising event like this one require a lot of time and effort but they are also fun and rewarding! I know from many years of PTA fundraisers! Lots of fun!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, a lot of time, effort and for introvert like me to be up on stage, energy. But it is fun and fulfilling. Over the next year we have the fun of spending the money, most of it going back to local families in trouble. I’m sure it is the same with other fundraisers, like PTA. Rewarding.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Charlotte. If you ever have more than two minutes to blog, you should join – some of the things you smile about are great – I love watching your career slowly unfold online :)

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  10. Marilyn Armstrong

    It has actually been a rather weird week. Happy because the Sox won. Very cool.
    Very sad about Pittsburgh and horrified by our so-called president with an over-arching feeling that we are back in the 1930 and the shadow of Sauron is darkening the world.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      My wife is a bigger sports fan than I am, so I was “forced” to watch the series. Cool that we won, and glad we did it in 5 games ;) And, of course, watching the Patriots on Monday – I thought it was safe to sleep.

      It was very sad about Pittsburgh and other things (it get as much attention, but was it Kentucky where a racist killed a couple of people?). I agree that Trump does make it worse and not better. Hopefully we will get enough people in office come election day to force him to tone down, or perhaps even a better remedy…

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  11. Frankie Perussault

    well my reason to smile last week was nothing grand… no return from the dead or anything like that! I finally found someone willing, able and reliable to help me in my garden. Voilà!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I would think that finding willing, able and reliable help for your garden would be a huge smile. maybe not returning from the dead huge, but… Thinking of that, I will go comment on your next comment ;)

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  14. Gary A Wilson

    I shared this cool event with a batch of blogger friends last week. The story gets a bit detailed, but the very short version is that I had a good friend in grammar school who appears in lots of my blog-stories. He was terribly injured in an accident when I was in my first year of college and after I visited him, someone told me that he died from his injuries. Forty + years later, I discovered that someone (maybe me) was mistaken and my friend was still very much alive. Having acquired his phone number, I called him last week to apologize for going public with the report of his death at our 45th high school reunion when I noticed he’d been left off the list of the dearly departed – only to be exposed for my error. On that call we shared a wonderful laugh over it all – just like old times. When was the last time you had a dear friend miraculously return from the dead?

    If you’d like to read the longer version, you are invited to follow this link:
    https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/coffee-share-181027/

    If you’re in the mood for a great laugh, my favorite 10-minute-read story where he appears, is at this link:
    https://garyawilsonstories.wordpress.com/the-inner-tube-adventure/

    The story itself, should more-than make you smile, but humor is a fickle thing. Give it a try and let me know, but getting reacquainted with a good friend-thought-dead was an amazing great experience that I’m still smiling at.

    Have a great day, full of smiles.
    Thanks to Trent for hosting this collection of joy stimulants.

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      1. Gary A Wilson

        No worries Trent. I thought there was something amiss with this post. I wrote it off to my own inexperience with the internals of WordPress or perhaps their punishment for passing on their deal to upgrade my free blog to one I would pay for. Thanks for picking it up and letting me know.

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