The cool thing to me is that you must exude feelings of happiness- that's why people notice it. Facing the monsters head on- my favorite part. That's where we grow!
Why the happy face?
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Posted on J June, 2012, in Family, Gratitude, Life, Motherhood, Parenting, Self-esteem and tagged be thankful, count your blessings, dealing with grief, heavy burden, how happy are you?, how to be happy, how to live a happy life, life is a blessing, Make your life smile-worthy, positive attitude, reasons to be thankful, secret to a happy life, smile, Smile cole porter, smile though your heart is aching, ten reasons to smile. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.
I love this post. It seems to me that smiling shows we are hopeful....and there's always something to be hopeful about. I wanted to let you now that I've given you the Illuminating bloggers Award. You can pick it up on my blog, write 7 things about yourself, and pass the award on to a few other blogs.
I LOVE your perspective! What a great post. I smile a lot and many moms have said to me, "Man, you are always in such a good mood! How?!" And I laugh. Because I'm not always in a good mood - but smiling helps me get there. :-)
Love this! It is all about the little things. Bought myself a pack of rainbow sharpies on Saturday and haven't stopped grinning since. Or leaving colorful notes...lol ;)
You DO have a beautiful smile that lifts the spirits of everyone you meet :) I was indulging in some self-pity the other day about my injured wrist. Then I watched "Race to London" (8.00pm, Tuesday, ABC1) featuring a teenage para-Olympic swimmer born with no hands or lower legs but a gorgeous smile. I had been complaining about the pain in my wrist & not being about to spread butter or clean my teeth properly with my left hand - he was getting on with the job with no hands. Perspective.
This seems really nit-picky but I can't help it... Just FYI, the song you quoted was originally recorded by Nat King Cole (1954), and the music was originally written in 1936 by Charlie Chaplin. Michael's version was one of dozens and dozens of cover versions, and I can't think of MJ's version without feeling quite melancholy. Any way, I found the history of the song very interesting. Check out the version from the silent film Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin; it's on YouTube. :)
As your mom, I have learned so much from you. One of the biggest lessons was to not carry my burdens around with me - you liked that to carrying around a sack of poo.. and my imagination went nuts and I was convinced! As your mom, I kinda know when you have your 'brave' smile on. mainly because you may not know it but you squirt tears like a water pistol at the same time as that gorgeous smile happens. I love the way you carry yourself. You are a Boadecea of a woman (spelling??) and I am mad about you.
I really enjoyed your perspective; time passes, children grow and we often spend time worrying about stuff that ... doesn't matter. My Mum taught us to apply the "6 month rule" - will you remember - or care - in 6 mos? If not .. let it go. Beautiful photo as well, MJ
Thank you! I really appreciate the support. It's humbling, coming from someone whose work I admire. Big, genuine smiles!
you are my kinda girl, Violetsouffle. I am also a stationary fetishist. I can't walk past a Smiggle shop without breaking out into a sweat... Thanks for the comment! Please follow me either here or on Facebook :)
Hey lady - YOU are one of THE most inspiring people I know. Are you even aware of how much you have taught me? We don't call you Superwoman behind your back for nothing, ya know...
Oh this is submitted with the same intent you submitted your comment... The song was written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons, but Chaplin composed the music it for the movie "Modern Times" in '36. Interestingly enough, John and Geoffrey also wrote the lyrics for another song Chaplin had composed the music for called "Eternally". That song was used in the Chaplin movie by the name of "Limelight"(boy the history of this film, there's some reading for ya!) I don't know why the gem "Smile" sat for so very long before Nat recorded it.
Happy to be corrected! Not nit-picky at all and tomorrow I will amend it (im already in bed...) Thanks for the correction, Glenn. Very much appreciated.
Thank you, MJ! I like your mom's perspective. I'm gonna store that one and teach it to my children. Have a fabulous week!
Thank you for the info - I love these little gems! I agree - that "Smile" sat, untouched, for so long is hugely surprising.