I don’t usually write a post that is not my scheduled post days. Yesterday something happened to inspire this short personal reflection.
Years ago when I was a young woman I read something about how the smile of a stranger could brighten the day of someone we do not know. None of us can know what others are experiencing in our lives and a simple smile could brighten someone’s day. So I decided those many years ago to put this concept into practice.
There have been thousands of people that I’ve given a friendly smile over the years. Many return my smile, which pleases me. I love to see a smile shine out of a previously somber, worried, or unhappy face. I feel blessed to be able to see a smile appear on someone’s face, hoping their day is made a little brighter.
I’ve never actually had anyone say anything too me though. That is until yesterday morning. My husband and I went out to our favorite breakfast restaurant. There was an elderly couple who had finished and were leaving who went by our booth. The wife was not as agile as I’m sure she had once been. Her husband had her arm in his as he lovingly escorted her through the crowd. I could see the loving tenderness in their relationship and it brought me joy to see such love displayed by this couple. Automatically, as our eyes met, I smiled at the wife when they approached our table. When she got to my table she stopped and said to me, “You have a beautiful smile.”
I was so taken back that I did not have words to respond. All I could say was, “well…” I just didn’t have the words to tell her how seeing them together brought a most heartfelt and sincere smile to my face. There was no time to tell her how they represent what I imagine it will be like for us when I get a little dottery in my more advanced years, how wonderful it is to happy elderly couples walking to the door together more in love today than they’ve ever been. It was just a simple smile but conveyed a lot of what was going on inside me. It seems the beautiful thoughts and feelings inside were, for her, displayed in my smile.
Pass on a genuine smile today!