There were a lot of negative things that happened this week. Unfortunately the world is still full of hate and it is growing. We feel so helpless when up against these people. Of course that is part of why I do the Weekly Smile – my one little positive thought can’t do a lot, but when a lot of us are sharing positive things, perhaps we can start momentum in the other direction.
Which leads to this week’s smile.
I took a long walk on West Dennis beach on Saturday morning. It was very peaceful and refreshing. After a while I noticed a few small pieces of plastic. I had some doggie “poo bags” in my pocket (made from plant products and biodegradable ;) ), so I took one out and started to collect plastic. I didnt’ get a lot, which is good, meaning the beach was relatively clean, but I did pick up a couple of dozen tiny pieces and a couple of larger pieces.
OK, I am not naive. There are many millions of tons of plastic in our oceans. They are finding that every organism in the ocean, even in the most pristine places imaginable, now have plastic in their systems. Tons of plastic go into the ocean every second of every day and I picked up less than a percent of a percent of a percent of a… you get the picture.. My handful of plastic was inconsequential.
Or was it?
Even when pitted against an unstoppable tide, we all need to do our part, no matter how small. It wont make a huge difference – changing our plastic-reliant culture is the only way to do that – but it will make a small difference if we all do it. And it will help change the perception that makes us so reliant on single use plastic.
The walk on the beach itself was a good smile. Picking up those couple of dozen pieces of plastic also made me smile, even though in the large scheme of things, it was nothing.
Just as my picking up litter did almost nothing compared to the litter that is out there, my tiny smile does nothing against the hatred out there that makes people think it is OK to take dozens of innocent lives. But like my minuscule attempt at the plastic problem, perhaps all of bits of positivity that all of us put out there can help slowly steer the craft of society in a better direction.
That is my smile this week, one itty-bitty, tiny thing that hopefully helps contribute to the greater good.
What made you smile?
West Dennis beach (not this weekend):
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! :)
“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.”