A Year of Smiles – Day 222

Reason to SMILE #222: SHARING A SMILE WITH ME (Yes, me!)

Wow! I’ve made it to Day 222! That’s a whole lotta SMILES. Only 143 to go! I’m having so much fun sharing with you everyday but…

Lately, I’ve been thinking how unfair this relationship between you and me really is. And it’s time I got this off my chest. Day in and day out, I give and I give. I offer you the best SMILES I can and what do you give in return? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

<Insert awkward silence here.>

Hahaha! I’m only kidding!! I love sharing my SMILES with you. Bu-ut… 

I really would love to hear from you once in a while. Let me know what makes you SMILE. What turns the corners of your mouth toward the sky? What makes you happy? What delights your soul?

I know there’s a list forming in your mind right now so c’mon! Make me SMILE today. I want to hear from you. Remember, your SMILE can make a huge difference in the life of another. Don’t hold back. Let the whole world see!


A Year of Smiles – Day 51


It’s Monday, again.  They just keep on appearing, don’t they?  I am still looking for my opportunity to make a difference today but to be completely transparent, I’m having a hard time looking beyond myself.  I’ll get to that in just a moment.

Last Monday, I found a lawn maintenance guy working diligently to clean the leaves and debris along a yard’s street line.  As I passed, I decided that I would bring him a big ol’ glass of sweet tea when I returned that direction (it’s whatcha do in the South!) and if he was no longer there, I would give the tea to someone else.  To my delight, he was still where I found him when I returned so I stopped beside him, rolled down my window and offered him the glass of tea.  I’m not sure that it made a difference in his day.  By the look on his face, he seemed more confused than anything.  Still, I SMILED.  He SMILED.  He thanked me and everyone was happy – I think.

Today, I’ve been looking for the opportunity to share a SMILE and so far, I’ve got nothin’!  I’m pretty sure it’s my mood keeping me from seeing the need for smiles because I know they are all around me.  You see, I’m dealing with disappointing news that came yesterday and struggling with how to handle it.  I’m finding it hard to focus on anything else although I have been praying all day.  So, I headed to my favorite coffee shop for a mood booster – an iced caramel, mocha latte.

I love coffee drinks (See Day 21), especially when they’re topped with whipped cream.  The problem is I still haven’t figured out which drinks come with whipped topping and which don’t.  Maybe I should just ask for whipped cream on everything!   Today, I suppose, I ordered the right drink because after I ordered it, I heard those glorious words, “Would you like whipped cream on that?”  Um, yes, please!slurping-smiley

So, as I await my opportunity to make a difference on this Monday, I am enjoying my iced latte topped with whipped cream (and eating a sandwich covered in bacon, I might add! 😉 ) and I am SMILING.  I will not be deterred from my make a difference challenge today.  I am now armed with a yummy whipped cream topped drink and a SMILE.  Time to start spreading the cheer!

A Year of Smiles – Day 44

Reason to SMILE #44: GOING M.A.D.

I have a new goal in life: I WILL transform my Mondays into SMILES!

On Day 30, I issued a challenge of sorts to give Mondays the new purpose of spreading joy to those around you.  The challenge was mainly for my sake, I think, so today I have chosen to “Go M.A.D.”  Today and every Monday, I will Go Make A Difference in someone’s life.  Whether it’s through sending an encouraging email, making a phone call or buying lunch for someone behind me in the drive-thru line, I will find a way to bring a SMILE to someone other than myself.  And I’ll share those SMILES with you.

I want you to share your SMILES with me, as well.  So how ’bout it?  Will you take the flattering-emoticonchallenge to “Go M.A.D.” on these dreaded Mondays?  Remember, the more SMILES you give, the more SMILES you have.  It’s that simple.

I can’t wait to hear all about your Monday SMILES!


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