SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that we can be a giver by simply bringing a smile to another person? Can you share a personal experience of a time you brought a smile to another person? What practice helps you give freely of your resources?
I am by nature a smiley person. I recently went to see my mother-in-law at the nursing home a place where I lose my smile. I was speaking to the nurse about my loved one, I can't remember what I said but the nurse said to me " Thank you, I Love You!! I turned around and said thank you, no one has told me that today. The feeling that came over me was Love pure Love. That nurse does not love me as her sister by blood but she does as her sister in Humanity!! In a time where we are hurting each other with racism and bigotry, this White woman loved this Hispanic woman, no agendas and I Loved her right back. Bruny
This is a fantastic reflection on the power of just a simple smile. Thank you for an amazing contribution.
So true- my son who is a teenager will never smile and I have to keep reminding him to smile - thank you Maya Angelu
At a point in my life where I was going through some challenges, a young pre-teen girl would give me a wonderful smile each week at church. Her beautiful smile and wlllingness to share it with me meant a lot to me and enabled and lightened my burdens. We can all share a smile.
Absolute truth. This is why I carry a Free Hugs sign, talk to strangers, smile at strangers, share small bottles of bubbles in airports, grocery stores while waiting in line as well as various other locations. We may never know what is going on for someone and to smile, to make eye contact, to engage in conversation can make all the difference. Honoring, respecting, valuing each other goes so very far!
About a month ago, I smiled at a homeless man I had seen several times in the same spot. I had tried to smile at him before, but his eyes were always downcast. I caught his eye, smiled, he smiled back. I asked if he was hungry and would like to join me for hot soup. He agreed. We spent the next hour, mostly me listening as he shared his story. We hugged several times. He was still on the street for about 2 weeks after that, we shared a sandwich on another day. And now I don't see him. Maybe his luck changed. Maybe something good happened. I sure hope so.
Thank you for sharing Maya's smile story. She is one of my top 5 SHEroes in our world.
I love Maya Angelou's writings, find them inspirational and uplifting. This piece from her life has touched me and definitely taught me to be accommodating. The best way to bring a smile on others to to share your smile. Smile is the greatest gift we have and I believe in sharing this gift with everyone and making this planet one positive vibrant universe.
The story is so beautiful that my heart replied with tears. On the other hand, how can you smile when at the present time your heart aches, when you are sad and not knowing what is ahead. Uncertainty can be a difficult shadow to walk with. Desperation, seems to be around waiting to jump at you at any time. Where is my smile, is she still around? Maybe not....
Smiling is an important giving. Others are more likely to feel happy, warm, welcome, relaxed, safe when greeted with a smile. The good feeling in response to a smile may last only a short time, or it may stay with the person for a long time. It may result in the person smiling or being more cheerful to the next person, so the smile becomes a gift that keeps on giving. What I feel seems to readily show on my face, be it sadness, depression, irritation, anger, happiness, excitement. I've had many experiences of someone responding positively to my smiling, including to smile back. Life is difficult, and a smile can be a dose of free medicine to provide a bit of relief or make a big difference. You never know. Smiling is its own reward, and the practice of smiling fosters my giving more smiles and other kindnesses.