Are you smiling? Have you laughed today?
Whether this is the start, middle or end of your week, I swear you have something to smile about. If you can’t find that *something*, then darlin, something is WAY off track.
Today, I was recalling when my beautiful grandma, ridden with various illnesses, was slowly dying, in worlds of pain and had just had her leg removed due to diabetes. Counter to what I expected, she not only had a smile on her lips, but it was also in her eyes.
The Christmas season brings up these memories for me and can be emotional for me because my family always poured themselves into the festive winter holiday. In our home, there were always grandparents, aunt’s and uncles … with cousins always scheming to see who would sleep over just to keep the party going. Predictably found in the kitchen, usually warming more coffee and tamales, we all knew my wonderfully strong grandmother as a foundational woman in our family. She was our bond and our glue. Unfortunately, her death was the awakening in us all that we could no longer lean on HER strength for OUR happiness.
But I remember standing there, next to her bed, post op – admiring the space that once held her warrior leg and I thought to myself… She is my hero. This woman had taught me endless lessons in my life and now she was leaving. Heart wrenching as it was to watch her go, there remained the gift she gave and this was her smile.
In the face of rejection, she smiled.
Watching her family taken by poverty, abuse, neglect, drugs and alcohol – This miracle of a woman still had her smile.
I realize now the secret to her road of bliss.
Gratitude. Gratitude in the wake of chaos is what leaves your heart at peace and ultimately grows a smile that reaches to not only your lips but also to your eyes.
No matter your place or pain, there continues to be beauty all around. Life, love and abundance waits to be experienced but it only increases as you see and appreciate it.
I have my ups and downs, but I know what I desire. I desire to love and live more. To see the miracles and be them.
Please don’t get distracted by the pain that comes and goes. Instead place your focus on what you want to grow and remain! You have the chance to create your life to be a miracle that spreads inspiration like wild-fire to the world around you. What will you do with that? Choose the course of your day. Choose YOUR smile. It’s starts with now.
Desire and be. Life is waiting.