I don't know if it is true or not (metaphorically speaking, of course) but I do know a good laugh can lift my mood like nothing else can. The one person who can make me smile in spite of myself is my father. I don't know how he does it, but it is just one of the many reasons I love him. Sometimes even the smallest things can entice a giggle out of me. Sometimes it's the most goofy, silliest thing ever - when that happens, everyone else in the room usually looks at me like I am insane and shaking their heads, wonder what I could possibly find so amusing. Honestly? I don't know why some things tickle my funny bone when everyone else is thinking, "what was so funny?" but whatever, maybe when I get in such moods, I was in serious need of a pick-me-up.
Life has a way of "weighing" us down. Around us, we get caught up in the "bad" life has to offer and often forget what is "good." Why do we forget to cherish the joy in our lives - the "insignificant" things that seem unimportant and therefore unworthy of our time? I feel like I have been given a precious gift to have been raised in the home and family I was. My childhood was a happy one and, there was always laughter - many memories were made.
The state our nation is in - or maybe there are trials a little closer to home, tends to leave us in a perpetual state of worry or fear. We think 24/7 about "what ifs" instead of stopping to smell the roses; stopping to enjoy the laughter of a child or the simple joy of coming home, a fresh bouquet of flowers or getting caught up in a board game. All of these things are "forgotten" in life. You never know if a polite "please" and "thank-you" could mean something. Whether idle chatter could make a difference in the day of the person who hands you your change or if a smile directed at the person you pass at the grocery store could make their day a little brighter. We've lost a sense of joyfulness that shouldn't be gone.
In looking for something else entirely (this started out very different!), I came across this quote. I thought it was cute and sweet but also somewhat thought-provoking:
Part of it is superficial but there is a "depth" to it in saying that tomorrow is a new day and a chance to change anything. Christian trio Point of Grace have a new single out called "A Thousand Little Things." Again, they have met and surpassed my expectations. The song (hear it below) chronicles the smallest things in life that are often overlooked - the things that can bring a smile to brighten our day. The moments which we are most grateful for.
Whatever might be happening in life now won't always be a problem. There will be change. Just remember, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. So, have a happy-face kind of day - and don't forget to just smile.