Thursday, September 18, 2008
Today is Thankful Thursday, which was created by Rhondi from Rose Colored Glasses. Please stop by her blog to read the Thankful Thursday posts. I look forward to this day of reflection each week.
I love looking at old photos, and when I see photographs of myself it's like looking at someone I don't quite remember. When I look at this photo, I think what was I smiling about? Smiling has been easy for me, in fact I think as I enter close to sixty there is a bit of a smile in my eyes like my grandmother had. I notice people are always smiling back at me, at least I hope that is the reason. My mother always says that smiles do not cost a thing and that even if we don't have anything else to give someone, we can give them a smile.
No matter how difficult life has been at times or how many trials I have endured I always come back to joy. Joy is what I see in my face in this photograph. Perhaps the secret is to be thankful and make mental lists of our blessings even when we are smack in the middle of a difficult circumstance. I have learned that when I thank God even when I don’t feel like it, He brings me back to feeling joyful. Just when I think I am at the end of my rope, I start counting my blessings and thanking God. Then just when I think I have reached despair my old friend, Joy returns. Being thankful always leads me back home to joy. Then I can remember all the things I have to smile about.
Dr. Bernie Siegel says that we should keep a baby photo on our desks to remind us of who we really are. I like that idea, perhaps if we were all remembering how cute we were, we would smile more often.
Spending Thursday's with Rhondi on her Thankful Thursday exercise always makes me smile. So, if you would like something to smile about, please visit Rhondi.
The song for this post is Smile.