Monday, July 11, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
You can’t let adversity get you down. Keep smiling.
— Violet Hensley
Violet’s smiles certainly fit this category. She lights up rooms with her joy and energy, her fiddle playing and storytelling. We don’t all smile quite so easily. Why is that? Some naively assume one’s easy; individual circumstances determine the willingness to smile. A few hours with a soul like Violet convinces us otherwise. The work we’ve done, the environment we inhabit, the struggles we’ve had or have been free of do not determine our happiness, thus the frequency of our smiles. That’s good fortune, in fact.
Smiling is first an attitude and then an action. We don’t have to be bubbling over with inner happiness to smile. On the contrary, if something is bothering us, we may discover it will not loom so large if we focus our energy on smiling at a friend or even a stranger. Some would label it miraculous how changed a problem seems when we decide to put our energy into smiling at the passersby in our lives.
The separation we feel from others is what often gives rise to our problems, regardless of their details. Giving a smile and getting one in return diminishes our sense of separation. Problems diminish, too.
How do I feel today? Even a few smiles will lift my spirits.
You are reading from the book:
Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey