Sometimes it’s not easy …

Bold Step

“Joy’s smile is much closer to tears than laughter.”

Victor Hugo

It’s not easy to smile when you’re in the midst of a difficult situation.  It’s not easy to smile when you see someone is hurting.  It’s not easy to smile when you encounter injustice and inequality.  It’s not easy to smile when you feel powerless, hungry and without hope.

It is not easy, but it is a bold step forward.

And the smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Poet


Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

12 thoughts on “Sometimes it’s not easy …

    1. Wir haben mit viel regen in Vancouver. Ich nehme viele Fotografien von Blumen im Sommer. Ich schaue mir die Fotos im Winter um mich daran erinnern, dass die Sonne wird wieder kommen.


  1. And the smile comes more easily if there is someone to smile with you. We do smile when we are alone but it is not the same as the smile we share or exchange with another.


  2. I remember as a teacher having to send some mischievous ones to the principal for further discipline. When they returned, they often were in a grumpy mood and I felt like giving a grump right back.

    But I found an attitude of … got your punishment and now you can start anew… PLUS a little smile usually worked pretty well. Although sometimes the smile was through gritted teeth. lol So agree a smile is not always easy.

    🙂 This one was easy. 🙂


    1. I agree. We always refer to our troubles as a “load.” When we share concerns, it really does feel like a load has come off our shoulders.


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