For most of us, most of the time life is made up of small events. We have a typical routine, do some of the same things over and over and, well, we just live. Sure, there are often big events, both for good and bad – a raise in pay or vacation on one side, but a death of a friend or a very large unexpected expense on the other side. When we look back, we often see these large events as life, but really, it’s the small stuff.
Today is another “the small things in life” smile post.
There were a lot of small things to smile about. Watching hummingbirds as I sit on the back patio. Playing catch with my boxer – he is at the top of a small hill; I toss the ball; he catches it and then drops it; the ball rolls down the hill to my feet; I pick up the ball; repeat. A long walk in the woods. Standing in town, chatting with a friend for an hour. Visiting friends I don’t see often. Running and other exercise. Reading. Writing. Talking to family on the phone. Seeing friend’s and family’s vacation photos on line. Chatting with fellow bloggers in the comments. Getting a lot of work done both at work and around the house. Walks, and runs, with the dogs. A smile, “hello”, and wave to a stranger as i walk through town or run or am shopping. Playing piano or my synthesizers. Etc.
There are a lot of these little moments. None are really worth a post or talking about in depth. But all of them are life over the last week. And all made me smile.
This week my smile is about all of the little things in 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) (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! :)