The Weekly Smile 5/27/2019 #weeklysmile

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Hi!  This was actually a pretty good week with a lot to smile about.  Where do I even start?

I had a couple of days off of work, plus today is a holiday.  Big smile there!  of course, the holiday is one for remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, so a sad smile there.

The weather has been great.  OK, a few cool, wet days and some thunderstorms, but for the most part, it was a little early summer – just what Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be.  Big smile for the weather.

There were walks on the beach and the woods, running, kayaking, etc.  Big smiles :)

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And I am almost moved into the new place on Cape Cod, a place to hang my hat (yes, I do wear a hat, the hat in the photo below).  A smile there.

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Of course I published my two novellas, so a huge smile.  (Click here for launch post).

My smile this week was, well, there was too much to smile about to list them all :).

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) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   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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45 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile 5/27/2019 #weeklysmile

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  2. SHL2

    I think walking on the beach or in the woods allows us all to clear our minds and refresh from everyday life. I am glad yall are almost moved into the new place.

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  8. Prior...

    Also….
    after coming back – I noticed a little bit of an orange hue in the water photo – and it led right into the wood of the hat image.
    or is this just the lighting in my room right now?
    hm,mmm
    either way – nicely pairing of contrasting images with the shared commonality of the smile
    :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Not something I did purposefully, but I do see it – not the same color, but close enough that they go together, a common thread between the turbulent and the calm.

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  10. Prior...

    Hi – the hat looks smooth – and the wave photo is beautiful –
    and my smiles – were from blogging – spring cleaning the house – yoga – and finishing my Emily Dickinson goal of reading her poetry this month (shared 20 poems).
    I also thought of you today when I whipped out my shae butter for dry garden hands – and smiled about how we chatted it up a while back

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I did enjoy your Emily Dickinson posts, particularly today’s wrap up. I was wondering how when she had been around for 13 years she was suddenly 23 years old, but she was talented ;) (Not sure if you fixed the typo yet or not) The poetry was good, even those times you thought you forced it. I haven’t done yoga in ages, but I try to use what I learned in my exercises and life – I did a lot of breathing exercise during a break at work today. I hope the shae butter works the same wonders for you that it does for me! Lots of good smiles there, Y :)

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      1. Prior...

        Hi – that shae butter rescued me before (at the time of your last chat) and did again this weekend – love it.
        I just updated the numbers image – I fixed two other typos but missed that completely – so I appreciate your eye! And if you see anymore errors — will you let me know?
        Thanks for the feedback on the porety share this month – it means a lot.
        and glad you do your breathing activities – I think we both know the many little things add up – :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I hope you don’t mind my teasing you about that typo – I laughed when I saw it, but I was at work then and couldn’t drop a comment. And I have enjoyed your art shares in the past and the poetry share this month :) As to health, little things do add up. Also applying it to real life is in ways more important than just doing it in class.

          Thanks for linking to the Smile. That was a great post to use :)

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          1. Prior...

            Well thanks for the sweet comment layered in that reply (felt nice) and I did not post my weekly smile yet (will get to it shortly – got sidetracked last night! – but it is a flower post – and if it is late for last week – maybe it can count for this coming week)
            And quick story about how applying things to real life – four or five years ago –
            After I did yoga classes like crazy for about 7 months – my son’s gf and I were driving in the truck in traffic (long story but stressed for time and it was one of those days) when I pulled into a new highway with more back up – I sat back and started deep breathing by default – I told her it was crazy – it was the deep
            In thru nose – hood it – exhale slowly –
            That was so awesome because I think I if we do it enough – it becomes part of us
            And don’t forget – when you run – like when you hit the beach – it helps you get that deep back lung area and those whole breaths can do a lot for a long time in the body

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              OK, you linked to the Weekly Smile so I thought that was the one. Anyway, The Weekly Smile does run from Monday to Sunday, so there is still plenty of time.

              When I studied yoga, my idea of it was that it was about breathing (actually, I know, it is preparation for meditation). So, we first learn to breath properly. We then start to put our body in more and more stressful positions while continuing to breath properly. The outcome is that when we hit that stressful highway, it isn’t as stressful as class and we continue to breath properly, which helps relieve said stress…. Taking my interpretation, your example is completely perfect….

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              1. Prior...

                well thanks and I get what you mean by the yoga view.
                But that is not my view – although – now that I have years under my belt – I see the teachers that worked on breathing so well are usually my favorite teachers or just in the upper category with their craft.

                this is just my view –
                yoga can vary depending on how you are prating it that day.
                some say there are 64 asanas – or poses – some say poses should be done in order – and others say it varies.
                The meaning of the word “Yoga” is “union” – derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” (pron. “yug”) meaning “to join”
                and this is union of breath to body movements – however – there are certain yoga poses where we takes “sips of air” and at times we do not even focus the breathing – like coming out of savasana – we begin taking deep breaths again – or there are times we use square breathing and go from 4 counts to 8 to 12 – etc.
                – I teach a gentle yoga class on Sunday nights – third season starts this fall and woo hoo for that.
                The tagline I started when I first planned Sunday night yoga was “BAR” for breath – align- relax.
                The class has evolved some – but it really is this 80 minute class that is targeted for someone who needs overall body stretching – THE BAR started with the “B” for breathing because we do focus on deeper breaths – we do various targeted breathing activities – like press one since and breath in and out thru the open one – box (or square breathing) and then at times just remembering to “use our breath to cool us down” – or breathing into a pose and relaxing a specific area. Sometimes in a slow side strength – we can imagine the breath going to a certain area – and so yes – breathing is a huge part of yoga – but it is integrated and there are times we take sips of air – ya know?
                then – in this once a week class –
                we have alignment poses – balance poses – and fire (yang) strength developing poses – and we have a Warrior series that is aligning and energizing – that is the “A” – we also align the thinking by slowing down and some poses are designed to move triple slow – and the thinking about the actions and being fluid can help the mind align – etc.
                the R part is for the relax because if you have had a good workout – with the whole body worked gently and maybe little tough (like chair pose is a fire pose and we work that sometimes) – but we take small relaxations – very small – in between poses – and then the ending corpse pose – and the lights are out – and I give lavender towels – and thanks to Suzanne and “C” – I do a little chakra press on the forehead and back of skull with my towel application (still learning and each person has different energy)
                dim lights help this R part to relax and decompress – and just wanted to share this because yoga classes are so varied and different – and I think I share before that for MANY years I stayed away from yoga because I never saw the side that I now know – and it is a gift to me longevity

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  It is varied and there are many aspects to it, so yes, even “My interpretation” before was a simplified version of what I think. I have done very little yoga. The instructor I studied with the most was very, very into the spiritual side, starting the session with an idea for the day, doing chants before the exercise and ending with meditation. She emphasized the mind/body/spiritual connection/aspect of it all. Interesting. And she played a harmonium, which is cool – I always thought of the Beatles’ song For the Benefit of Mr. Kite ;) Anyway, interesting discussion. Someday I should get back into it but most around here very much emphasize strength and exercise, so I’d have to find someone I like. You planning on moving north any time soon? ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, I almost broke my own rule about smiling about the misfortunes of others, but I think in a way that most understand – a sad smile of remembrance :) If you do get a chance to read them, I hope you enjoy the novellas! I’m glad all of our rain seems to be done – I think it rained 55 days in a single 60 day stretch… Anyway, going over to check your smile out now :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      It was a very good wee, so a lot of smiles here :) Thanks! I hope you continue to enjoy it – I wrote the rough draft in 2013 and it pulled me into blogging and writing.

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