Smile it forward

You step out of your door,,,its a beautiful day,,,you can smell the fresh air,,hear the chirping birds,,,see the flower petals,,you feel like your lips are moving, they are forming a shape, they turned into something. What is that? a smile? a smile?? Yes! A Smile!! You walk on,,, the day is getting a bit less beautiful,,,you can no longer hear the birds but the noisy vehicles,,,you can no longer see flowers or enjoy the fresh air,,,you are in town,,,all you see is people,,,all sort of people,,,noisy, angry, annoying, grumpy and cranky people. You dont want to smile but you cant wipe that smile off your face. You’re stuck with it. It is starting to hurt but its not going away. You see an old woman coming your way. She looks grumpy and scary. You dont want to look at her or smile but do you have a choice? No!. You looked at her with the smile thats pasted onto your face. She looks at you with surprise and then she smiles back at you. Woah,,that felt good, you thought.

You continue your journey. A delinquent looking teenager comes your way on his roller blade. You definitely don’t want to smile at this one and invite trouble. But do you have a choice? Of course not! You smile. He looks back at you, he smirks and he speeds away on his roller blade. With the same smile, shaking you heard you thought, that wasn’t bad even if he didn’t smile back. Next up is a mother struggling with her 3 children (one baby and 2 temperamental toddlers). You look at the children and then at the mother with your carved smile. She looks at you angrily thinking you are mocking her about her ‘misery’. You see a macho man with his arms covered in tattoos, eyes pure red,,,you smile at him as well. He looks at you straight without blinking his eyes for 5 whole seconds. Then something unexpected happens. He smiles. You feel like jumping up and down. He smiled!! You never felt this happy in your life.

Although you don’t know,,,,this is what is going to happen to the ‘victims’ of your contagious smile. The old lady goes back to her husband who is on his death bed. She smiles at him; she thanks him for being there for her all this time, for loving her, for protecting her. Her husband smiled back at him and said to her ‘I Love You Dear’ and said his goodbye. Although tears rolling down her cheeks, she has the same smile carved on her face. Now the teenage boy, he goes back home. His mother opens the door. He didn’t push her away and march upstairs like he always does. Instead, he looks at her and he smiles reluctantly. His mother, not being able to believe her eyes starts crying and hugs her dear son. They both smile with tears in their eyes. And the single mother? She takes out her phone. She dials her mother’s number. She apologises to her for being angry with her, she tells her its hard to raise 3 children alone and she informs her that she misses her. Hearing this, her mother replied that she is on her way. The single mother took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and then,,,she smiled,,,like theres no tomorrow! Last but not least, our macho man. He opened his door to his lonely life and to his lonely house. He went over to his drawer and took the photograph of his beloved son. He smiled and then cried. He mourned for his deceased son. He went to bed with his sons picture. The next day he woke up. Stepped out of his house…,,,its a beautiful day,,,he smelled the fresh air,,heard the chirping birds,,,saw the flower petals…his lips were moving, they formed a shape, they turned into something. What is that? a smile? a smile?? Yes! A Smile!!

Smile- it is one human gesture that is as powerful as lightning, as sweet as honey and as genuine as a baby’s heart. It will give people hope, strength, happiness, courage and moreover it’s contagious.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

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