Friday, May 2, 2014

My Power Trip

Monday was errand day.

It was a gray, rainy day.
Not the kind that makes you
want to bounce from place
to place--the post office, dry
cleaners, grocery store, etc.

Everything seems a bit harder
on a day like that.

A bit messier.

Kind of a slog--

{My term for a day that's
going to need an attitude

So I bundled up, collected
my errand basket--mail, dry
cleaning, deposit envelope
and grocery list--and headed
out the door.

My car was warm and dry,
which put the first smile
on my face.

I thought back to the days when
I took a bus to go shopping or to
work, and gratitude warmed
me up even further.

It's been a really long winter
(and spring!) for bus riders.

Singing along with the radio,
my mood was jacked up and I
was ready to tackle my stops.

Parking at the post office,
I caught the eye of another
customer as we both dodged
raindrops heading inside,
 and I smiled.

Nothing back.

That always puzzles me, but
I don't hold it against the person,
because I have no way of knowing
what might be happening there,
under the surface.

I like to smile.  Even if I'm
having a bad day, it makes me
feel good.

Great, in fact!

And often, when I smile at
people in line at the post office
or the grocery store, their eyes
light up and they smile back.

Smiles have that power.

Even when the person who
receives a smile doesn't return
one, it still tells them,

I noticed you.

We are companions on this
journey, even if it's just for a
few seconds or minutes.

Smiles are like tiny gifts.

When we smile at a friend, a
spouse, a child, even our pets,
we are giving them a small piece
of our spirit and communicating

Those little upward corners
are a mighty potent thing.

On my rainy Monday dash
around town, I continued to
wield this weapon at each stop.

It wasn't such a slog, anymore.

And I got a lot of smiles in
return, which I heaped on
little Gracie when I stepped
through the doorway at home.

I'm absolutely certain
that she'd smile back, 

if she could : )

Sometimes your joy is the
source of your smile, but
sometimes your smile can
be the source of your joy.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


{all pics P&H}


Dianna said...

An awesome reminder of what I can do to encourage someone else...a little something that can tell that person I noticed them. Thank you, Suzanne. You have such a precious spirit and caring heart. xo

Siret said...

Dear Suzanne,
you let me smile, too! :-)))
Thank you for your marvelous words and the wonderful photos!
Smiles und hugs from

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I realized at the end of your post, that I was sitting here with a big smile on my you shared your sweet smile with me this morning, too, Suzanne!
I try hard to smile and greet those I meet, too...most people smile right back at me. Love this post!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

So true. Although I have to admit, some days are easier to follow this mantra than others....but bottom line is, a smile never hurt anybody! xoKathleen

Alicia said...

such truth! just smile. makes it all better!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

SO true, Suzanne! I love how you turned your day around with a smile, and no doubt probably did the same for someone else without even knowing it! Have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Sometimes your smile can be the source of someone else's joy! Your beautiful smile would certainly brighten my day, of that I am sure!

Julie said...

Such GOOD advice. A smile truly is contagious on most deliveries...And besides that...A smile is a girl's BEST makeup. :-) :-) :-) So go girl!

WinnibriggsHouse said...

What a lovely post! I always try to smile at people I meet and often when they don't smile back I have thought 'ok so don't smile then' I never thought that perhaps they didn't have anything to smile about today. I will make sure my smiles are twice as big in the future and hope it brings a little sunshine into their day. X

Jenny Short said...

Thanks for the reminder, Suzanne. I smile at the Dutch and they just look at me. I will keep smiling, though. And the should live in Holland. Lots of rain!!! You just go anyway. Love your cute dog. xo Jenny

Just a little something from Judy said...

Sometimes, one smile will take me through a whole day. I agree wholeheartedly with this well written post! I especially like the part where you did not take it personally that a smile was not returned to you, and it was okay with you. You are right, in that we have no idea as to the reason for those without a smile to return. Thanks so much for this nugget of inspiration today.

Rainy Lake Gal said...

Thank you for shaing your beautiful smile and heartfelt words with us. Today I am sending YOU a smile. :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teehee..that canine smile most definitely turns a raining day into a magical hour, one without climate or weather forecast. Lovely photos, I am so envious of your photography skills my friend. It looks nice out there today, so GO OUT and enjoy. Anita

Mary Timmers said...

It does make you feel better when you smile. I try to smile as I put my make-up on, and it always makes the make-up work better. Great way to start the day!


Leslie said...

I liked your comment about the person that did not smile back. We really don't know what's going on and yet we often take these things personally. Smiling or saying hello is such a nice gesture and I believe we could all do more to be kind to one another (wag more bark less!).

Enjoy your weekend!

Cait O'Connor said...

Lovely blog and pics.

Patricia Goins said...

The power of a smile. I love it :)

Rambling Tart said...

Smiles are a treasure and a gift for me too. :-) They can make the most difficult day so much easier to bear. Our winter arrived this weekend so I'm cold. Very, very cold. :-) Giving thanks for warm blankets and flannel shirts and hot peppermint lime tea, and puddles of sunshine in the kitchen.

Anonymous said...

Love the line that says "I noticed you." So true. I definitely am one for making eye contact and sharing a smile. The range of response is interesting--sometimes reciprocal warmth, sometimes knitted brows--but at least I'm sharing what I know I'd like to receive!

Melissa said...

I couldn't agree with you more my sweet friend!

And if someone smiles at me, I cannot help {ever!} but to smile back.

I'd smile at you every single time hon!

M xx

Laura Murphy said...

I love your beautiful smile!

I like to smile at elderly people waiting alone on benches in stores. Especially since I have the baby along. They love that.


Hindustanka said...

Lovely thougths.. as usual by you :) And the poictures you chose... I also liek to smile at people, especially children. However here you have to be careful when smiling at males of course...

Have a lovely day!

Anne Lorys said...

Your smiles not returned?
Inconceivable! They're magical. :-)

lisaroyhandbags said...

It's amazing what a smile can do. It's one of the saddest things about Dubai - very few people smile or even make eye contact. It was a nice 'smiley' trip back to Canada for Easter where people smile, chat and aren't afraid to make eye contact. :)

Tricia said...

Goodness, I just love, love, love the way you write! It was nice to see your happy, smiling face :)

Sylvia said...

You are amazing, Suzanne! You are the dandelion that keeps other people's smiles for them.
I belive the photo of you is from your birthday :) Happy Belated Birthday!

Palomasea said...

I second that, darling are amazing, dear Suzanne! And a Happy Belated Birthday from me as well, sweet friend and neighbor....I hope it was a blissfull day for you...and may you have as much joy in your days as you bring to us...
This post made me smile and cry. Your truth and wisdom are exhilirating...we are, indeed, all in this together. :) Please give beautiful, adorable Gracie a kiss on the nose from me! :)
And a big hug to you, dearest Suzanne...if the sun does not warm us up soon, at least we have our smiles! :)

It was wonderful to see your message...thank you so much!
Love to you,
- Irina

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