A Year of Smiles – Day 255


I have come to the conclusion that I would never be able to live off the land.

I would die.

Very quickly.

I only had to live without electricity and running water for¬†twenty-five hours because of Hurricane Irma but my time “off the grid” ( ūüėČ )¬†taught me a lot about myself.¬†Mostly, I learned how many things¬†I take¬†for granted. For instance,¬†I don’t think twice when I walk into a room and¬†flip on the light. I begrudgingly turn on the kitchen faucet in order to wash the dishes.¬†Taking a shower is just part of my daily routine.¬†And indoor plumbing – well, I actually do thank God for that quite often.

Basically, those twenty-five hours have shown me how blessed I truly am. I live a life of luxury compared to so many others but I take¬†so much of it¬†for granted. The moment my power was restored, I actually shouted,” Woohoo!” and came very close to doing a happy dance. I was overjoyed. Imagine if I showed some of that same joy when I adjusted¬†the thermostat to make the house a little more comfortable or when I loaded the dishwasher after a¬†having a delicious meal with my family or when I flipped the¬†switch and the lights came on… Do you think¬†my gratefulness would cause God to SMILE?

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Yeah. I’m pretty sure it would.





A Year of Smiles – Day 242

Reason to SMILE #242: BIRTHDAYS

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My birthday to be exact!! I’ve made it another year. I am alive and kickin’. That’s more than enough reason to SMILE and certainly a reason to celebrate!

Oh, I used to dread these annual reminders of my ever increasing age. With each year that passes, however, I realize how blessed I am to have this time and this life that God has given me. And as my age increases, my list of SMILES continues to grow and grow and grow.

Think your existence doesn’t matter? Think your birthday is just another day? Think again, my friend. Before you were born, God knew you. He laid out a plan for you. You were not a surprise and you certainly were no mistake! You have a reason to celebrate and the best reason to SMILE!

Happy, happy day to you. Find a reason to SMILE and share it with those around you!

And Happy Birthday to me! ūüôā

A Year of Smiles – Day 219

Reason to SMILE #219: A GOOD, SWIFT KICK 

… in the pants! 

Yep. There are times when it is completely necessary. Sometimes we get in a funk and can’t seem to find our way out. We begin wallowing in self-pity and despair over lost love, an unfavorable situation at work or a missed opportunity. The more we think of our unhappy circumstances, the more we whine and complain. And with each verse of our sob songs, we make ourselves and all those around us more and more miserable. Until… 

… someone decides to gives us a good, swift kick in the hiney or a smack on the back of the head. Sure. It may not always take a physical altercation to bring us out of our negativity and back to the land of abundant living but a kick sure does grab the attention! And when we’ve made it past a certain point in our little pity parties, it often takes something drastic to wake us up from our self-indulgent stupors.

Even more, it takes someone special to do the waking, kicking or rescuing. It takes someone willing to take us by the shoulders, look us in the eyes and tells us to get with it, to stop dwelling on our problems and start counting our blessings. It takes someone willing to risk a friendship or risk the backlash they may incur in order to help a friend find joy again.

We need lots of someones like that in our lives. We need to be those someones for others.

A good, swift kick in the pants most likely will not make us SMILE – at least not at first. But if it works, if it wakes us up from our stupor of negativity and self-pity, we’ll be grateful to the one who cared enough to do the kicking!

A Year of Smiles – Day 30

Reason to SMILE #30: MONDAYS (Really?)cry-baby-emoticon

Mondays, for me, are like mornings.¬† I’d¬†much¬†rather avoid them.¬† The problem is I¬†can’t hit the fast forward button and skip over Mondays¬†just like I can’t skip over mornings. ¬†Well, I suppose I could stay in bed and wait til they pass but if I want to keep my job, I¬†really shouldn’t. ¬†So, how can I¬†turn my Mondays into SMILES?¬†¬†To be honest with you, I’m still working on that one.¬† Maybe we can figure it out together.¬† Let’s see…

There’s a song that I learned in elementary school that might help. ¬†It says:

You’ve got to ac-cent-u-ate the positive

E-lim-i-nate the negative

Latch on to the affirmative

Don’t mess with Mister In-Between¬Ļ


What if I applied this way of thinking to how I view Mondays? ¬†If I focus on the positives of facing another Monday rather than the negatives, I may find myself with a brand new attitude. ¬†So what are the positives of Mondays? ¬†Mondays offer new beginnings (like mornings) – opportunities to start a fresh work week. ¬†Last week’s problems may still be waiting but hopefully we’ve had¬†a weekend of rest and rejuvenation that will allow us to tackle those problems with a new frame of mind.

Mondays also present us with new opportunities to serve others. ¬†We’re surrounded by people who dread Mondays. ¬†Maybe if we¬†look for opportunities to transform another’s Monday into a SMILE, our¬†Monday will be transformed, as well. ¬†I’ve learned that the more SMILES I share, the more my heart is filled joy. ¬†That reminds of the next lines to that childhood song:

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum

Bring gloom down to a minimum


I can give my Mondays a new purpose Рspreading joy to all those around me!  That should most definitely change my perspective!

Are you beginning to find a new outlook on Mondays? ¬†I’m getting there, too. ¬†It really is a matter of¬†perspective, isn’t it? ¬†When we¬†focus on the negative and the gloom, our¬†days are simply going to be dark and dreary. ¬†But when we focus on the positive and look for the blessings and opportunities to bless others, well,¬†Monday may become our favorite day of the week. ¬†(Okay, that might be a stretch – but it¬†will at least be tolerable!)

Still not convinced that you can look forward to Mondays? ¬†That’s okay. ¬†Just keep telling yourself¬†there are only 3 more day til Friday and SMILE anyway!


¬ĻAc-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive by Johnny Mercer

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