Smile {A Fresh Start}

“Mom, is that your mad face?”

“Mom, why do you have your mad face on?”

“Mom, is that your mad face or your concentrating face?”

Apparently I don’t smile enough!

This one holds me accountable.  He’s a sensitive soul, and it worries him when the corners of my mouth aren’t turned up.  He doesn’t want me to be upset or angry, and he certainly doesn’t want to be the cause of the scowl!

Do I scowl?!

For a fresh start this year, I’m going to smile more. 

Oh sure, the baby brings out the grins in all of us, and some of the things the toddler says have us leaving the room so he doesn’t know we think he’s funny.  (Oh, but he is funny!)

In the day to day grind, though, I think I forget to smile! Pity, because it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile, and I’m a bit of a lazy sort, so I should smile more!  Besides, smiling is an instant mood lifter.  It makes the ordinary extraordinary.  Smiling is contagious, the best kind of sharing!  We never know how a smile may change someone’s day, even our own.

A smile may not fix my situation, but it very well could fix my attitude. 

This year, I’m going to smile a big smile.  A smile that can be seen on my face and heard in my voice.  (Even my writing voice. Can you hear it? 😉 )

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  1. I think that is a fabulous plan! You do have a great smile! 🙂

  2. Thank you for this post. This is an area I need help in too. My son (must be related to yours in sensitivity and noticing when mom needs help!!) is the one to pray for me to use the law of kindness in my mouth (Proverbs 31). I tend to focus on the gazillion other things that “need” to be done rather than enjoy the present. Now to just remember SMILE as I focus on those gazillion things!

  3. I do hear it in your writing! We should all try harder…

  4. It is nice that your son communicates this to you now, as a child, so you make the change if you feel you need to. As an adult, I informed my mother that I never remember her smiling while growing up. She still says how much that statement hurt to hear, but she has definitely changed since I mentioned it to her. Now, you cant STOP her from smiling!

    • Oh, that’s so sad, and super motivating for me! My husband is definitely the “fun parent.” I want in on that action! 🙂

  5. I was thinking this exact thing yesterday! I’m fine at work, with strangers and coworkers, but at home I get so busy, I don’t smile at my family. Keep up the good work!! 🙂

  6. Your son makes me think of my 2.5 year old. My son is so in tune to my emotions. I think it’s wonderful to have an empathetic son!

    And, I probably need to smile more too! 🙂

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