Archive for April, 2011
Posted on 27. Apr, 2011 by Julia Mitchell.
A smile is a wonderful and powerful action. It possesses the ability to uplift, strengthen, and bring immeasurable levels of comfort and joy. It can turn a negative point in time to a positive one in the blink of an eye. The simple act of smiling can change the course of a single moment, or an entire day.
We humans are very interesting creatures indeed. We often are so consumed with ourselves and our problems or concerns that we forget that smiling at another person can lighten both our spirits and theirs. We find it effortless to smile at our friends and family members, but there are so many others who would greatly benefit from this natural gesture as well.
It can be so easy and fulfilling to make it a point to smile at the cashier at the grocery store, our co-workers, and the individuals we pass as we walk down the streets of our neighborhoods. Moods can instantly change for the better, and tension or uncomfortable atmospheres can be lessened to a great degree.
We are often not aware that smiling at a complete stranger could quite possibly be a life-altering gift to them. Perhaps they were feeling depressed or lonely, yet our smile, at one single moment in time, may have made a world of difference.
Simply put, one small smile can reap enormous benefits to those we come in contact with on a daily basis, or just once in a lifetime.
Make your smile genuine. While it is perfectly possible to crack a smile when you feel terrible, angry, annoyed, or you’re up to something nefarious, a genuine smile is much harder to fake.
Smile with your eyes. A wholehearted smile will naturally draw in the eyes.
“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It may be the only sunshine he sees all day.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 by Julia Mitchell.
As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day’s work.
The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”
“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of the poor man. Put a coin into each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how the discovery affects him.”
The student did so, and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes. While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes; but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin.
Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it round, and looked at it again and again. He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin.
His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving, in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom the timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.
The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”
The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of those words, which I never understood before: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Posted on 08. Apr, 2011 by Julia Mitchell.
Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we
forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses.
Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.”