A Year of Smiles – Day 162

Reason to SMILE #162: CHANGE

I do not like this thing called change.

I do not like to feel so strange.

I do not like to try new things.

I do not like the fear it brings.

 

I would not like it even if

You sent it to me with a kiss.

I would not like it with a SMILE;

You can’t make me with your guile!

 

“Oh,” you say, “Change may be good

You should embrace it if you could.

Change may be just what you need.

You will like it. Try it and see.”

 

Yes, I know it may be time

To mute this stubbornness of mine.

Change may be just what I need

To find the SMILES that bring me peace.

 

Change – it’s a fact of life no matter how hard we try to ignore and resist it. Change can seem like the devil in disguise but if we give it a try, change can be the catalyst that pushes us toward the great and wondrous works that God has waiting for us.

Change – it may be hard but the SMILES you’ll find on the other side of it are worth every chance you dare to take.

P.S. I seemed to be channeling Dr. Seuss today but he always makes me SMILE. Hope you find a SMILE, too!

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A Year of Smiles – Day 161

Reason to SMILE #161: TIME

A blessing and a curse.

A giver and a thief.

A healer and an afflictor.

A reality and a belief.

 

A precious commodity

Of which we must take care.

If spent very wisely,

A bounteous fruit to bare.

 

If squandered carelessly,

Great failure to regret.

Wasted opportunities

O’er which we mourn and fret.

 

A gift that we should give

To our families and our friends.

A gift for which we hope

When life is at its end.

 

A sacrifice taken

When causes grand arise.

An alm for which we grasp

When it’s time to say goodbye.

 

Time is ours to spend or waste.

It’s ours to hoard or share.

It’s ours to fill with love or hate.

It’s ours – so beware.

 

We’re only given a set amount.

Once spent, it can’t be beckoned.

So fill your time with SMILES and love

And don’t regret a second.

A Year of Smiles – Day 134

Reason to SMILE #134: BEING A MOM


Top ten things I’ve learned from being a mom:

10. First steps, first time sitting up, first time on the potty, first birthday, first Christmas, first bike ride, first day of school, first good grade, first bad grade, first homerun, first real friend, first night away from home, first movie, first girlfriend, first date, first car, first dance, first day of college – your child’s life is filled with firsts. You don’t want to miss any of them. Take lots and lots of pictures. Then post them all over social media and embarrass the heck out of them! That’s one of the great joys of motherhood.

9. For the first 10 or so years of your child’s life, there is only one determining factor in choosing restaurants – the toy that is being offered in said restaurant’s kid’s meal. And here’s a side note to all the fast food joints out there: if you’ve run out of toys and you fail to tell the mom who is ordering the meal at the drive thru speaker, don’t be offended when she refuses the meal at the window and drives away. Remember, you’re not the one who has to go home with her kids!

8. There is a black hole somewhere in every household that sucks up socks, shoes, earbuds, phone chargers and remote controls.  If only I could create some sort of device to detect these black holes, I’d be the richest mom on the planet!

7. When asking your kids to go search for all those missing items, detailed instructions on how to search must be given. Failure to give a step-by-step guide on what is required in a thorough search for a missing shoe results in the child walking to their bedroom door, glancing in for a moment and returning to you with a bewildered look while saying, “I can’t find it anywhere.”

6. “Because I said so” is a perfectly valid argument for the question “Why?”. Further, when your child refuses to give in and answers your argument again with “But why?”, your trump card will forever be, “Because I’m the mom, that’s why!”

5. Regardless of your resolve and any promise you ever made to yourself, you will at some point find yourself making awful sounds like “aahnn!” when you see your child reaching for the scissors or hot stove or attempting anything he or she shouldn’t be doing.  After all, there is no better deterrent for bad behavior than sounding like a angry mother goose!

4. The words “I need” are code for “I know I can live without it but I really, really want it so I’m gonna bat my lashes, poke out my bottom lip and tell you I need it and pray extremely hard that you believe me even though it hasn’t worked the other 147 times I’ve tried it before.”  Too bad, kid, I tried that one with my parents. Didn’t work with them either!

3. Hearing my own words spoken or seeing my own action emulated by my child can be either a blessing or a curse. They’re always watching and listening – even when you think they’re not! Those little boogers!

2. Although my job is to raise independent and responsible young men, actually letting them go out into the world and prove I’ve done that job is the most difficult thing for me (and probably any mom) to do. They’re still my babies!

1. Of the many things I’ve learned and am still learning from being a mom, the most important thing is that no matter how hard I try, I can never hold a candle to my mom. She’s the best mom around and I’m thankful God made her mine!

I love you, Mom!

And to all you moms out there, keep SMILING!  We’re all in this thing together!!  Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Year of Smiles – Day 93

mary_poppins_by_andreaandrade-d9ds7zmReason to SMILE #93: MARY POPPINS

Ten Life lessons learned from Mary Poppins (other than the whole “life is too short; spend time with the people you love” lesson):

  1. Give things (and people) a chance before you make a judgment – “Never judge things by their appearance… even carpetbags. I’m sure I never do.”¹
  2. Always be a forward thinker – “Oh, I make it a point never to give references – a very old-fashioned idea to my mind.”
  3. Be content with what you have – “Enough is as good as a feast.”
  4. You can always find something to be thankful for or there’s always a silver lining  – “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  You find the fun, and – SNAP – the job’s a game.”
  5. Men always make things more complicated than they need to be – “Bert, what utter nonsense!” (After Bert attempts to do “a bit o’ magic” and jump into the chalk drawing)  “Why do you always complicate things that really are quite simple?”
  6. When in doubt, plead the Fifth – “First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear…. I never explain anything.”
  7. Anxiety/stage fright/a loss for words can all be overcome (or at least sidelined for a while) – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
  8. Learn to accept each other’s faults and be forgiving – “Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of their own, can’t see past the end of his nose.”
  9. Laughter and SMILES are contagious – “Oops.  Don’t you two start.  Come back down here.” (Grabbing on to Jane and Michael who begin to float away after being infected by Uncle Albert’s fit of laughter)
  10. When you have to go, the best way is with a SMILE on your face – “Father died laughing…. never seen him happier in his life.” (spoken by Mr. Dawes, Jr., bank exec.)

Yes, it is a children’s movie.  Yes, it is a musical.  But I love it and it makes me SMILE.  Whether you like it or not, its message is true.  Life is short.  Get out there and enjoy it with the ones you love.  Go ride a carousel.  Go feed the birds.  Go exploring on rooftops.  Go fly a kite.  You’ll never regret the SMILES you find while spending time with those you hold dear.

 

¹All quotes found on imdb.com

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