Day 785: Smiles

Yesterday, I spilled to my college roommate/dear friend Marcia that I probably would be writing a short blog post this morning. She said, with a beautiful smile, “I like your short posts.  Those tell me you’re going out into the world with a lot to do that day.”

I hope this short blog post makes Marcia and my other readers smile, even just a little.  I’m smiling now, because

  1. I’m going to a group psychotherapy conference today,
  2.  group therapy is my livelihood and my passion,
  3. I’m still in sunny, beautiful, and warm California, and
  4. I’m traveling to and from the conference location accompanied by my long-time friend, Lawry.

Friendship, adventure, familiarity, sunshine, warmth, hope, safety, and a sense of purpose all make me smile.

Speaking of smiles, here are some I’ve seen since I started this trip to California:

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That last beautiful smile belongs to my friend Amy, who lives in the San Francisco area and whom I haven’t seen for many years. We shared some smiles (and some tears, too) when we spent time together, yesterday.

I don’t know what kinds of faces I’ll have and see at the group psychotherapy conference today. I’m assuming there will smiles, frowns, and many other expressions as people go through a range of experiences and emotions. I’m looking forward to it all.

I’d like to leave you with a musical smile, but I know I’ve used the song “Smile” in this blog post, before.

How about this?

R.E.M. and The Muppets are smiling, frowning, sobbing, and having lots of feelings here on YouTube.

Smiles and thanks to Marcia, Lawry, Amy, the Mona Lisa, R.E.M., the Muppets, all the other smiling faces who helped me create this post today, and to you — of course! — for bringing a smile (or any face) here today.

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38 thoughts on “Day 785: Smiles

  1. I love your short, smiley post, Ann. Smiling faces are what we need to see every day. I’m smiling because your sunshine holiday has made you smile so much. 🙂

  2. great pictures to make us smile! Enjoy the day!

  3. Your posts made me smile. It made me think of the Lily Allen song too.

  4. Hope you have a brilliant conference. Love the pictures in this post (and the muppets). The family photo is beautiful.

  5. It makes me smile to know that you’re doing what you love in a warm place Ann. ❤
    Diana xo

  6. Yes, I have found when I do not post as often it is because I too am going out in the world doing stuff.

  7. Hey, Ann! Wonderful smiles! And I’m glad that your post is short because I’m busy, busy, busy, too. (And it’s also sunny here.) What’s the story with that photo of the family and ladder? A wonderful pic

    • That’s my friend Lawry’s family about 15 years ago, when they were doing some remodeling of their home. Thanks for your wonderful smile.

  8. A smile is free and can light up someone’s day, I am a person who likes to have a smile on her dial

  9. I love some Nat King Cole’s songs, such as ‘Smile’ which was composed by Charlie Chaplin.

  10. The photos are very smile worthy 😀

  11. Hope the conference made you smile. This post made me smile!

  12. You made me smile tonight, Ann. Can you dig it?

  13. Short and sweet but full of smiles, hope the conference was all you hoped for 🙂

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  15. thanks for the smile- much needed today. (love REM too)

  16. Love this smiley post! (GRIN)

  17. Doesn’t it feel great when your bffs enjoy reading your posts? Means you are hitting the right soul mark! And going to your conference, your passion, your creative world — it’s awesome. Keep doing it!

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