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Thought of the Week: The Power of a Smile

So, during the past few days, I've been thinking a lot about smiling.  This might sound weird, but who cares?  I think of all kinds of things. 

Lately, every time I go to a supermarket or a store, I make sure that I smile at the cashier and make direct eye-contact.  (This is part of a much bigger thing that I've been lately enamored of, but more on that later.) 

What I've found when I've done this is that I get much better treatment from these people, and I get a smile back!!  There seems to be a very innate response to seeing a smile, and this seems to occur in all of us.  Of course, I have to clarify.  I'm talking about the kind of smile that grows out of sincerity, kindness, and gratitude.  If, for example, you are smiling just to flirt.  This is another thing entirely (and a whole other blog post).

To me, a smile is a nonverbal way of giving kindness.  Right now, I'm all about carrying out random acts of kindness--to be thoughtful, generous, sincere, and caring particularly without wanting anything in return. I feel that our world is in desperate need of more kindness.

Frustration With a Side of Cookies

On Reviving Roses

Originally posted: Thursday, December 11, 2008

I know it's been a few days since I've written anything substantial. I can't say that I've been busy, just not much to write about. Today, however, is different!

For whatever reason I was just in a grumpy mood today. Maybe it's because I haven't done ANYTHING over the past 4 days! I haven't had to work, nothing left to do for school this semester, not a whole lot at home to do...nothing. I'm not the type of person that can just sit at home, without a thing in the world to do. Sure, I would love to be able to not work...but I better have lots of money to travel or be involved in other ways, OR I better be a stay at home mom.

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