This was a very odd week and the week coming up will be odd as well. On a good side, this is what I consider “Democracy Week” in our small New England town. If you remember, last week I talked about setting up a “Meet the Candidates” night for local candidates. This coming Tuesday is when we elect town officers. On Thursday we will have Town Meeting, in which the people of the town will vote on things like budget items that are different from the normal. Saturday we had the School Budget meeting, where the town votes on the school budget.
There was little to smile about as this meeting seemed to last forever ;) But it is important to attend and participate. In the end I was in the little auditorium for five hours.
One thing I did was doodle as I listened to person after person give their opinions. Here is one page full of little doodles, ink pen on one of the handouts:
My smile participating in small town democracy at is most basic level and spending part of the time doodling…
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! :)