Smiling is often taken for granted. I know this for a fact.
During my first pregnancy, I developed Bell’s Palsy – temporary paralysis on one side of the face caused by trauma to the 7th cranial nerve. The little details of how it happened, why it happened and whether or not I experienced a full recovery are not important at this time. What is important is the epiphany I had during those 6 long months:
Smiling is a gift.
And so are the moments that compel us to smile. Moments like these…
Receiving a care package filled with local treats from Hawaii. Yummy! Thanks, Mom.
Watching my too-cool-to-smile teenage son melt to pieces by the likes of his baby sister. We’re all powerless when it comes to Alana.
Finding a dear, sweet friend in what I thought was one of the most unlikely places – the blogging world. Alicia is talented, creative and she’s an awesome photographer. Her blog, Project Alicia, is just as heart-warming and down-to-earth as she is.
Happening upon a field of wildflowers. Talk about unabashed beauty!
Having both random strangers at the doctor’s office and people in our community comment on how well-mannered, polite and respectful my children are. Who cares that they’re little monsters at home? They’re angels out in public. That’s all that matters.
Finally having a writing space of my own. My husband bought a desk, a chair and accessories galore – all so I can have my own private space to write about the stupid stuff he says sometimes. What a guy!
Watching my children thrive in our new home. Moving from Georgia to small town Missouri has been a blessing for our family. Our children are healthy, happy, adjusting well at their new school and making so many new friends. It really warms my heart.
Reconnecting with a friend I hadn’t spoken to in a while. It was great catching up with her over the phone. Despite the time and distance that separates us, it’s good to know that we can come together and pick up where we left off.
Doing the Electric Slide in my pajamas at 1am, all by my lonesome. Thank you Marcia Griffiths for the awesomeness that is “Electric Boogie”. I don’t care what any of you say, the Electric Slide is tons of fun and I’m really good at it!
“Every day you spend without a smile is a lost day.” -Unknown
I refuse to take my smile for granted and I refuse to live another lost day. Instead, I choose to smile.