Yesterday as I entered a grocery store I received a nice smile from a silver haired woman who was leaving the store. I broadened my smile in return and it was then that I realized I was already smiling. Just a small, closed mouth smile that softened my eyes and my whole demeanor, and she noticed. She offered a smile in return for my pleasant countenance.
As I walked into that grocery store, list in hand, my warm smile was from anticipating all the holiday baking, meals, and appetizers this store would help me make. I was imagining my loved ones’ smiles as they enjoyed the treats I’d be preparing. I smile because I notice my blessings, like how I enjoy easy mobility, I have a vehicle and can drive to a nearby grocery store, and I have enough money to purchase (most of) what I want. I have a cozy home with a good fridge and stove with pans and utensils to assist me in lovingly preparing foods for my family and friends. I am grateful for every detail of my life.
My heart beams with gratitude that I have enough to share with others. It’s not surprising that I decided to buy yet another Food Bank bag for the donation box, because in acknowledging my own blessings I’m reminded of those who are less fortunate.
Okay, I might not smile quite as broadly as Buddy the Elf here (I mean, who can?), but I too like smiling! Let’s all smile. It not only makes you feel better, it brightens up the world around you. Blessings, Gina
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