Smile Because It Happened

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Smiling

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Dr Seuss

The other day, several blogger buddies reminded me that March 2nd was the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel aka Dr. Seuss. If anyone could make the world smile, it was Dr. Seuss.

I am Sam
I am Sam
Sam I am. That Sam-I-am!
Than Sam-I-am!
I do not like
that Sam-I-am! Do you like
green eggs and ham? I do not like them,
Sam-I-am.
I do not like
green eggs and ham.

Dr. Seuss

This week, the focus is smiling.  You know, that happy, kind or amused facial appearance, usually with the corners of the mouth turned up.  It warms our hearts; it gives us joy and brings sunshine to our day, even when there are buckets full of rain falling from the sky.

Smiles generate moments of vivid recall.  We remember kindness and genuine acceptance.  William Arthur Ward, said the “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

Smiling seems an effortless way to spread compassion.

Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

Paramahansa Yogananda, Yogi and Guru

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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“A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.”  Canadian Parliament proclamation, Thursday, January 31, 1957

I was once told that practice makes perfect; in my experience, I found that it also makes permanent.  A thankful spirit comes from practicing gratitude on a regular basis.  This week will be dedicated to thanking our family, friends, community and fellow creatures that walk with us in the world.

Vancouver Gastown Steam Clock

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?” William A. Ward

Anger & Answers

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Sometimes it’s okay to be angry – at injustice, hunger, poverty and discrimination.   These are universal struggles that require the entire global community to focus on seeking answers, rather than assessing blame.

It starts with me.  Today, I will join the community and focus my energies on solutions.

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people; to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”
William Arthur Ward