I've been thinking about smiling lately and how it costs so little to smile at someone. We spend a lot of moments in unconscious social interactions and there are multitudes of opportunities to share a little sunshine and light with other people.
The worst that can happen is the other person looks straight through you or avoids eye contact, and I think that's rather sad. I have come to the point where I'd rather risk being the person doing the smiling and interacting rather than becoming the person who hasn't got the desire to crack a smile in return.
Life deals us all different hands and I know that not everyone's life is beer and skittles, but that doesn't mean we have to give in and give up. Life in a first world country is pretty darn fabulous compared to what a lot of our brothers and sisters are going through elsewhere and our petty day to day problems pale in comparison to theirs. Trying to keep a positive outlook and being grateful for the blessings that come our way gives the day a boost and helps put a smile on our faces.
The older I get, the more important this becomes to me. I really don't want to be the grumpy old sarcastic woman who has a sour, pinched expression and looks like she's just waiting to die and be put out of her misery. Who wants to be the grandmother that no-one wants to visit, or the mean old lady that no-one wants to serve at the grocery store check out? I want to be the annoyingly cheerful woman that you know is going to offer you a smile and a "hi" as you walk past me. I'm just going to go about being sunshine and light whenever I have the chance and I'm not going to worry about whether you smile back or not. I'm just going along my merry way doing my best to be grateful for "being alive in such a time as this!"
And finally I'll close with: