A Simply Profound Gesture
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
A few months ago my favorite yoga instructor said something so simple yet so profound. It was the 3rd morning of a yoga teacher training weekend. I headed out the door early that day, proud of myself I might add, with the intention of getting settled and centered well before the class started. I wasn’t five minutes into the twenty minute drive (in a car that I cursed when I got into BTW) when the oil light came on. Frustrated at having car trouble (and cursing the car yet again) I pulled over and texted her to tell her that instead of getting there early as I had planned, I was going to be late. Her response was a single word. “Smile!” And so I did, through the whole car ordeal and into the studio. I smiled. It was a simple gesture with a profound effect. It changed my whole perception about the incident as well as my energy around it. I had a great experience that day and it trickled down to the others in the class and then that evening to my family.
It’s easy to smile at a passerby on the street, while reading a heart warming story or at a newborn baby. Why not try on a smile for the day? Put it on as you would your favorite jeans. Try it out in the mirror before you head out the door, get it just right. Share the gift of a smile with your kids, your husband, your mother in law, your friend, your dentist, a stranger on the street, the guy who cuts you off in traffic…
Wishing you well.
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