This is Mr. Mouth. He is on a tree right in front of my camper deck and he always makes me SMILE. He does have a purpose and that is to hold birdseed in his mouth. He's a bird feeder and the birds that visit always make me smile too.
One of Mother Teresa's frequent newspaper interviewers asked her, Given your ministry, what can we do to live out the good life?
She did not say. Go, sell all you have and work with the poor, like me. But, instead, she said simply and directly, Smile at the people you live with.
The reporter was a bit surprised and he pressed the issue. That's easy for you to say. You don't face family pressures, and the workplace.
Oh, said Mother Teresa, I live with Jesus. Believe me, he's a hard person to live with.
It's not always easy to find a SMILE after a long day at work. I worked and took care of a family for many years and I know what it was like. Too often I brought the woes of the job home with me too. And on those days my family always knew I'd had a bad day at work.
Thankfully, they also knew I loved them even though I said or did a few things that weren't so nice, like slamming a few cupboard doors or burning their toast.
None of us is perfect and none of us can share a SMILE all the time, but I think the important thing is that we keep trying anyway. It's not easy to let go of our troubles and choose to SMILE. Sometimes it feels easier to yell and shout and that is where the hard part comes in.
I choose to SMILE and find a way to enjoy and celebrate every day!
One of life’s great lessons is this: we’re never sure just how things are going to turn out. We’ll live a good life if our attitude is always positive and we are determined to make the best of all situations that come our way.The good Lord gives the gift of life every day and we live, love and laugh in the present.
Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday everyone!