The Weekly Smile 11/19/2018 #weeklysmile

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Work can be stressful.  Well, this year it has been very stressful!  I’ve had those days where my behind has been in a seat for 15 hours with little more than bathroom breaks.  Yuck.  But sometimes I have to look back and smile.  Of course there is the entire gratitude thing, but I usually save that for other things besides smiling.  So, today, I will give a couple of work smiles from last week :)

A major project has come to an end.  Sort of.  Almost ;)  This phase, the official project, is complete, but that only leads to more work, a new large project.  And there is a new piece we brought into this one that’s having issues, but we’ll skip that for now.  The main project, as written, is done!  This first part, the part we completed, was a very high profile project, so having it completed now is a big deal.

There is also another project that has been dragging for over a year that is completed!  Well, almost.  Still testing and working out the kinks.

On Friday I gave a briefing to a group of managers (about 20) including my manager, second level manager, third level manager and fourth level manager.  It went really well and I had a lot of people reach out to me over it.  So great!  A little stressful, but over the phone, nobody could see my discomfort ;)

Last week was a very busy work week, but over all satisfying.  I think I can smile at that! :)

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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When I used to do a monthly compassion post, this was my theme:

Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!

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40 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile 11/19/2018 #weeklysmile

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  5. ForgivingConnects

    Hi Trent, this is really beautiful! I’m inspired how you found the positive in a busy work week – and congratulations on your briefing. Sounds like it went great. I’ll be posting shortly – I’m grateful to your weekly smile. Really helpful this week especially. Blessings, Debbie :)

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  9. Penny Wilson Writes

    I’ll get my contribution up soon, Trent. I LOVE your last paragraph!!
    “Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!” Awesomeness, my friend, just awesomeness!! :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Penny! I think I say this in the post, but for a while I tried to do monthly posts for “1000 Voices Speak for Compassion”. I don’t know if they still do it – I haven’t seen it in a couple of years. I wrote that for my first post and liked it, so I used it for all of them. When I brought back the Smile, I decided to put it in since it almost fits :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The 15 hour (plus) day was actually a couple of months ago – that was a really rough week! I’m sorry you had a rough week. The holidays will give a good break, but after that, I have a few even bigger projects coming up!

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