Do You Know How To Smile…

…or do you have to practice?!

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Well, today’s been a tad frustrating, but what can I say? It’s just been one of those Mondays! You see, I had several family administrative-type things and domestic chores I was trying to get done today, but the kids had other ideas. Some days they do well with entertaining themselves some, especially when their cousin Rachel comes over. However, even though their cousin was here, today was not one of those days!

Anyway, instead of “going with the flow” today, I found myself constantly trying to swim up-steam. Inevitably, I let myself get very frustrated and stressed out. In fact, while I was cleaning up after dinner tonight, I realized that I had hardly even smiled today!

So, suddenly I broke out in a huge, forced smile (remembering things I’ve read about purposely smiling when one has had a stressful day). I didn’t realize anyone else had seen me, until my little Kerry broke my train of thought…

“Mommy, what are you doing…why are you smiling like that?” Kerry asked.

“Oh…I’m practicing smiling,” I replied.

“Well, I already know how to smile,” Kerry confidently replied. “You wanna see?” He asked, (as the goofiest, cutest, biggest smile spread across his little face).

Well, I guess little Kerry showed me! Some folk already know how to smile. They don’t need to practice! )

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P.S. Have you smiled today? )

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2 Responses

  1. A smile and inner joy means a lot. It’ll change your day just by thinking of the things that made you happy—I’m doing this and works like magic to me every time.

    I find it easier to bounce back to my happy self. 🙂

    Have a great week ahead!

    Hi Yvie,

    Thanks so much for your comment. Focusing on my thinking and zeroing in on the good works well for me too…when I remember to do it!! I’m learning, though!

    You’re right…it does make it a lot easier to bounce back!

    Blessings,
    Janet

    P.S. I love the family photos on your “Each Day” page! I also LOVE your “About” quote and statement:

    “‘Live life without fear. Live life with passion. Live in the Now.’ Watch us play, laugh and grow. Watch us traipse through the beauty of life.”

    I’ll definitely be back to visit at your site later!

  2. Loved this post Janet. Kerry’s comment…priceless!

    Hey Gina, Thanks, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, Kerry caught me “off guard” with his comment, as he often does! He “cracks me up” a lot!

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