Smiling … my contribution to Paying-It-Forward

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and along these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”   …   Henry Melville

Life’s a real push me-pull me adventure.  Each of us has such a huge impact on the people around us and they … in return … affect us as well.  The world around the water cooler is a lovely microcosmic illustration of how quickly the most simple of comments and actions can escalate into outright negative effects and repercussions.  It’s the old you get me … so I get you … and then you get me … and then … well you get the picture.

I may never know all of the effects that come cascading off of my actions.  Take smiling for example … Smiling is a way of life for me … and likewise sharing said smiles with all and sundry around me is also my norm.  I like it that way.  Usually … but not always … people smile back. Sometimes it takes them a little while to let the smile filter through their defenses … but in general Ms Perky and I have a pretty high success rate in the “share-a-smile-with-a-stranger-today” program.  We don’t know exactly how that will affect everyone else’s day but we like to imagine that the good feelings will spread like the smell of a yummy barbeque on a breezy summer day.

Here we all are living on this tiny little planet … whizzing around our hot ball of fire at a phenomenal speed … and whilst it may seem like we’re simply a bunch of disconnected individuals each doing our thing down here …  like Henry Melville … I believe that we’re all connected to each other.  Sometimes that looks like the outpouring of support and caring that comes after a big tragedy and sometimes it looks like Tim Horton’s supporting a community baseball team.  Sometimes caring about our “fellow man (or woman)” looks like contributing to a “cause” and other times it’s simply sitting and listening to someone.  In the end I think that it doesn’t matter how big or small my actions are … it’s whether or not I actually make them.  So … Ms Perky, Miss Sunshine and I plan on continuing our campaign of community-sharing-of-smiles and we trust that Life will continue to provide that extra little boost of yum.

Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone


About embracingchoice

Motivational Speaker, Author, Tweeter & Blogger (lovin' it!!) ... Owner & Leader of The Compassionate Advantage (
This entry was posted in Change, Choice, Life, Positive, Positivity, Uplifting, spiritual, authentic, authenticity and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Please share your thoughts ... :D

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s