One of the few rules I have for The Weekly Smile is to keep politics out of it. I do give some exceptions, and today’s post is an exception – I will not state anything partisan.
I live in New Hampshire. People in NH want to be part of the political system. Everyone can have their say at the local level, and if you’ve ever been to Town Meeting in a small town, you know that everyone does have their say! Since we have the first in the nation primary, we like presidential politics to be personal as well (Iowa does have the first caucus, but there is a huge difference between a caucus and a primary. A primary is one person, one vote).
In the past I have met presidents, governors, mayors, members of the US Congress and Senate, members of the cabinet and local politicians at every level. I’m not special, I just live in NH where it is par for the course. A side note – I have shaken hands with candidates from both major American parties.
Presidential politic season is here in full bloom in NH. I went to one event on Friday, but was turned back at the door even though my name was on the “bouncer’s” list – being an hour early was 30 minutes too late! So on Friday I went to a house party. This is the best way to see a candidate. It is up close and personal. True story – one year, introvert me found a back corner to hide in only to have the Senator come over and stand right next to me when giving his speech. This person became the VP candidate for his party that election cycle…. But house parties are like that. You can ask questions, give opinions or just shake hands. It is personal.
As I said, I am leaving political content out of the post, so I won’t even say the person who I saw on Friday’s name. It was a very good event. The candidate was personable and approachable. Although this was the first of the season, it will not be the last. (Side note – I talked to a friend at this house party. Last election cycle her two daughters had selfies made with every major candidate, including, of course, the current president.)
My smile this week was getting involved in national politics, even if in a small, informal way.
What made you smile?
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.”