I am smiling as I’m writing this, remembering moments from my presentation yesterday, in a room full of people interested in the group therapy I do. There were smiles there, as well as lots of other feelings and facial expressions, too.
I’m also smiling as I’m remembering how encouraging and helpful my readers have been for me here as I’ve prepared for this presentation (which went well enough to make me and other people smile).
“Smiles” could have easily been the title of many blog posts before today’s, because I’ve written many times about joy (here, here, here, and here, for example). But smiles have never shown up in the title before.
That makes me smile, in wonder.
Here are some other random thoughts I have, right now, about smiles:
- When I interact with people who never seem to smile, no matter what, I can feel nervous and unsettled.
- Yesterday, right before my presentation, I made note that the day was special for another reason: the wedding anniversary of my late parents. Then, part of my presentation preparation included looking at these smiles:
- When I look at those smiles, I can smile back and also cry. As I’ve oft tried to communicate (including in this post here), all feelings — not just smiles — are important, honored, and welcomed.
Here are some smiles from yesterday:
If you express anything in a comment (including a favorite “Smile” song of your own), what do you think I’ll do?
Thanks to everyone who reads, smiles, cries, expresses, and does whatever else helps each person cope, heal, and grow. If you realize I’ve thanked you … big smile.