Reflection of a Smile

I was taught to smile at everyone. You never know what kind of day they are having, what they are going through, or the impact a simple smile could have.

I still smile at almost everyone. If I can make even a small difference that way, it’s worth it.

Looking in the mirror today, tired, I smiled at myself. Then realized, I don’t remember the last time I genuinely smiled at me; not a pose for a picture, not customer service, not a reaction to someone or something else but instead extending that kindness inward.

Self love, worth, and identity are lifelong struggles for a lot of people on varying levels, whether it’s body issues, awkwardness, trauma or circumstances. I don’t have everyday solid advice, since humans are very complex with varying situations.

But, can you do me a favor, dear friends and strangers? Can you smile at yourself like you would a stranger, friend, or family member? Please be kind to yourselves.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

William Shakespeare

2 Comments

  1. A very thought provoking post and a great quote from “The Bard.” We should be kind to ourselves, including smiling at we see within. If you ever have the time, take a look at this link to the Moody Blues and their musings regarding a smile: https://youtu.be/EGeQOCkyzYs

    Not bad for veteran rockers. Still the best band I have ever seen live, and I have seen some of the greats

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