It is a well known fact that smiling can do wonders, and not just for the people around you, but for yourself as well. Even when you feel crummy and are having a bad day, if you can force a smile, after a while, it doesn’t feel so forced, for it’s hard to wallow in misery when you’re wearing a happy face.
My life is far from perfect, I have a chronic pain condition which cripples me at times and even on my good days I hurt, and I am perpetually broke, always wondering how much longer I can hold out before the wolves at the door finally come crashing through, but I’ve got little kids who are directly affected by my mood and a husband who doesn’t need to come home to a brooding sour wife at the end of the day. So I smile, as much as I can, and you know, it helps!
I wake up every day stiff and sore, barely able to move and feeling like I’ve been hit by a train – but my son wakes up and greets me, so of course, I smile through the pain because he gets upset to see my sad or hurting, and when he smiles back at me, my movement isn’t as labored and my dark clouds begin to lift. By the time I need to get my daughter up for school, my smile isn’t forced and my pain has subsided to a manageable dull roar. (I’ve had this condition for a long time, so I’m basically used to it; like any part of life that you can’t really control, acceptance is much less taxing than lamenting over it.)
Now my money problems are still there, and some days I get full blown panic attacks over it, but I do what I can to try to make it better with the tools I have at my disposal, and I keep working at it, and praying that I’ll find a way. Still I smile, because if I’m pouting, nothing I write will be worth reading and because what you put out into the world is bound to come back at you in some form, and I do not want my dark, brooding moments coming back to me – that wouldn’t be fun at all!
So although money isn’t falling out of the sky and I’m never free of physical pain, I am HAPPY, because I choose to be. I only regret that I hadn’t learned that happiness was something I could choose for myself a lot sooner! I may not have everything I want or need, but really, who ever does? I’ve got a great family, wonderful friends, and I get to do my favorite thing, writing, and people actually read my stuff & they don’t say it stinks. That’s not too shabby!
I hope you can find a reason to smile, and find a way to smile even when that reason isn’t so easily found – let your smile be a beacon to guide that reason to you. May you find joy in places you never expected, and may all your blessings be recognized by you (they are there, just look, really look and you’ll find them).
Here’s a link to some Judy for you, I hope it makes you SMILE…
*** Cross-posted to the MJ Stevenson Blog — HERE ***