Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

September 9, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

You know Smiley when you see it!  That round circle with two big dots for eyes and a half circle for the mouth!  It is seen with many advertisements.  Walmart used to have it in their stores.  Of course, the Smiley trademark and copyright has been disputed in court, and Walmart can no longer use it.

It is not a good thing when a smile is outlawed!  I am glad there is no legal issue with my smile.  It is copyrighted, of course.  As with your smile, it is copyrighted individually by God.  But we don’t always advertise with our smile.

A smile gives a message to others.  A smile usually reflects pleasure or happiness.  A smile can say much to other people.  I witnessed this the other day.

Sitting in the doctor’s office, I watched people in the waiting room and those who would come and go through the door.  I found myself separating people by happy or unhappy.  Now, I confess that I cannot know the people and what they are experiencing within themselves.  I may be unfair in my judgment, but I was interpreting the disposition of people in the waiting room by their facial expressions.

Again I repeat that I cannot judge a person’s life by their facial expression, however, at that moment I did feel that the face told me about their feelings.  I watched some people with a deep frown. Pain may have dominated them at the moment and they felt no reason to smile.  However, there were others that obviously were experiencing pain, but they were radiant, optimistic, and smiling!  There was such a contrast among this small group.  Some of the people waiting were not patients.  They were there as a spouse or friend to the patient.  They were not in pain, but they had a deep frown on their face.

A smile can reveal so much about ourselves.  Despite pain or difficult circumstances, a smile can serve us well.  Smile, and attempt to think negatively or be down on yourself.  You cannot do both at the same time, at least not with a real smile — some folks can fake it.  We can have some joy despite circumstances.  It is hard to be bitter with a smile on your face.  A smile expresses optimism and hope.

And smiling is contagious.  We can lift the spirits of others as they see us smiling.  Did you ever consider that you could have a ministry of smiling?  Think about it . . . smile and others smile!  Suddenly, at least for the moment, that person gets relief from their worry, burden, pain, of fear.

Try smiling more today.  You will be blessed . . . and you will bless others!

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful.”  (Proverbs 15:13)  “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart.”  (Proverbs 15:30)



1 Comment »

  1. So true, Lawson. Thanks for the reminder of this small, but important thing we all can do. Reminded me of my dad….he smiled a lot and encouraged those he encountered. Maggie

    Comment by Maggie King — September 9, 2010 @ 7:23 am | Reply

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