This was a roller-coaster of a week with some big ups and some big valleys. Pretty much, though, I’ll paint it positive :) I had a few ideas for the weekly smile in mind, you know, from those “ups” that I mentioned, but it all changed yesterday evening when a new smile came about.
A little background first.
There are some old gardens and ancient landscaping around my house in New Hampshire. Sure, we’ve done a lot, but a lot of old still exists. One thing was an old Magnolia tree. It is almost inaccessible, but you could always see the blooms. A few years ago, it disappeared. I worked my way to it and discovered that some type of vine had completely covered it and ripped it down. The trunk was broken about four feet off the ground. Losing the beautiful tree which was there for at least 60 years, maybe much, much longer, was sad.
Yesterday I was getting in my car and noticed some color on the other side of the impenetrable wall of Forsythia. I worked my way back and found several shoots growing of of the old broken trunk. Some are stretching high into the air.
Here is a photo where you can see a single bloom with the broken trunk in the background.
That is my smile, the resilience of life.
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.”