This past weekend, I received a brief note from one of my out-of-town friends. It read, “Do you see the smile?” and linked to this image:
Indeed, I did see the smile! I responded, “I absolutely do!” – and then I asked the sender if he would like me to post the picture to the ‘smile blog’ (as many of my friends have begun to affectionately call this space).
He responded, “Up to you. I saw it and thought of the smile blog. Without the smile blog, I might not have been looking for this and missed it.”
That last sentence made my heart sing. I started this blog, well, because I kind of felt like I “had to” – like I was being directed by a power greater than myself to begin creating this space. (And I know better than to ignore or resist that power.) I then posted to the blog every day for a year because I personally had so much fun keeping my eyes (and heart) open for some cool little nugget of surprise or delight throughout the day, and getting to re-experience that small treasure every evening when I wrote the daily entry.
Then, an interesting thing happened. People started reading my blog. And over the course of weeks and months, they started looking for smile-inducing moments in their lives. People also started telling other people they knew about the blog – and those new people started to read and look for smiles, too. Smiles began to stack up and spread. People started to loosen up and lighten up, one kooky story at a time.
These days, every now and again someone will come to my desk, or give me a call, or send me a note, and say something along the lines of, “Hey; I saw such-and-such today, and I smiled – and then I thought of you. And I just wanted you to know.”
And I smile big and wide, every single time. It’s an exchange that always infuses me with joy – and I delight in the positive influence we all have on each other. Indeed, we are all so much more powerful than we really know.
So here’s to smiles just waiting to be discovered amid vehicles and vegetables – and my appreciation for those of us who are silly enough and thoughtful enough to share them. 🙂