From a picture. From real life in real time. From a young child. From an elderly friend. From a
waitress, a nurse, a counselor, a co-worker, a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a stranger in the audience, a driver in a traffic jam. Unexpected, unforced smile. Not political. Not demanding. Just a smile.
Smiles have the power to disrupt a mood. They have the potential to redirect a mind-set. They have the tendency to cause others to join in and smile along with the one initiating that mood.
Choosing to smile even when struggling to survive isn’t a bad idea. Not a fake, they’re-taking-my-picture smile. A true smile, even if a small smile—realizing life offers hope no matter what pain we’re enduring. A smile with valid reasoning behind it—realizing there is more than evil all around us; there is good all around us.
Look at that person smile.
Be that person who smiles.