Smiles are free :)

A smile is cheer to you and me. The cost is nothing-it’s given free. It comforts the weary-Gladdens the sad. Consoles those in trouble-Good or bad. To rich and poor-beggar or thief. It’s free to all of any belief. A natural gesture of young and old. Cheers on the faint-disarms the bold. Unlike most Blessings for which we pray, it’s one thing we keep when we give it away.

I read this today and smiled. I have come to realize over the past few months my entire life has changed  as I thought I was busy, had time to wonder what people were thinking and I cared. Collected items because…..I do not have that figured out yet, worried about things I had no control of and forever tried to figure life out.

Tonight I realize a smile is really what I choose to disarm egos, help an upset two-year old forget what she is upset about. A smile works to invite my momma into a conversation, and see my husbands stressful day melt away. Turns my thoughts of children in far away places into wonderful memories. A smile, so simple and makes such a difference…

Our life has become an episode of the Waltons and all I think is Olivia always seemed to be smiling, so I smile, cause I choose to be like Olivia 🙂


Lessons from Geese

I have witnessed this spring and summer a family of geese, the nest-building, egg laying, incubating, hatching, nurturing, growing, playing and learning to fly! Many times I have watched as they have reminded me of my own children growing and now gone. The struggles to get them to follow and move out of their comfort zone. Then the skills to keep them together as they learn to explore. With a watchful eye making sure play does not end up with a broken wing, knowing when to step in and divert their attention. But the learning to fly has been the most entertaining for me as I have watched what it takes as my children learn to fly. Landings are first, learn how to land. One arm or wing up too high and you tumble, fly over another and you will fall on top of your sibling. To get into formation looks easier than it is as it takes much practice to look as graceful as a formation of geese flying by or a skydiving team in the air. Geese learn to work as a team,the first in formation moving to the end and everyone moving up one place. The teamwork allows them to soar great distances. Even in our fast paced, instant gratification world, if you want to succed we have to log in the hours, many hours and learn to work as a part of team.