Kindred Spirits

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Kindred Spirits

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.” 
 Dr. Seuss

Life is a series of moments that carry us from day-to-day.   Those moments are given meaning and purpose through connections that we meet on our travels.  Our families and friends, even passing acquaintances give breath to our existence.

A smile is a valuable gift to those who we count kindred spirits.

“They might not need me; but they might.  I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”

Emily Dickenson

Smiling Begins with Children

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Children

“Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know, go ask your dad.” 
Dr. Seuss

Shinichi Suzuki, violinist, educator and humanitarian said that “Children learn to smile from their parents.”  Even so, whenever I think of a perfect smile, I remember when my baby boy smiled at me for the first time.  It was pure, without any artifice and it was all for me.

Gena Lee Nolin, actress and model, said, “My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.”

Smiles begin in homes, around the dinner or computer table, sharing a pizza or working on a math equation. Children deserve our very best smiles.

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” 
Maya Angelou

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

 

Today is Your Day!

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Sometimes I just need a little inspiration to get me going in the morning.  And what better way to start than with Dr. Seuss.   I’m heading out to climb my mountain…

“Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way.”

Dr. Seuss