I walk every morning and have done so since we moved here 7 years ago. Today I wanted to share something I’ve noticed about the way people smile.
Some people smile at everyone, even if they’ve never been to Warilla beach before, even if they don’t know anyone and even if they don’t look like a supermodel in their walking gear. (Which, let’s face it, most of us don’t 😉 These people have a warm, open and endearing smile about them that says I’m happy to be here and glad you’re here too.
When I see these people I feel wonderful. I don’t really know how to explain it any better than that. There is simply a part of me that lights up and feels acknowledged, valued and respected just from the mere act of their smile.
Some people, on the other hand take a while to warm up. There is one man that’s been walking every morning for the last two, possibly three years. I’ve made it a personal challenge to get him to say Hi and after two years he’s now smiling warmly and saying hello. There’s a beautiful person inside, it’s just the mask (for want of a better term) isn’t confident enough to say Hello. I used to think these people were grumpy and detached from the world, but it’s more that they just need to be made welcome in a world that’s sometimes been hard.
So today I’d like you to think about the way you smile and how that affects the lives of those around you. Each time you smile you get the opportunity to acknowledge value and respect another human being, and sometimes that’s the very best thing we can ever do!