Today’s give was written by a dear friend by the name of Sareh. She posted this on her own personal blog 2 weeks ago and I wanted to share it. It made me smile and I hope it will make you smile too. Giving does have to be out of pocket it can just come from your heart.
Day 326: Give 326 Guest Give by Sareh Social Consciousness and other Things I Think About
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love,
a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
Back in September 2010, I promised to follow my friend, Jacqueline Way founder of 365give and commit to 365 days of ‘giving’ to society, to make the world a better place.
I knew this promise would be hard to keep with an upcoming surgery I was to have, but I thought that I could rise to the occasion, not realising how much rest our bodies require after surgery. I was very very aware of my promise and of Jacqueline’s task to give, daily. So, I gave the best way I knew how, by smiling and being deeply grateful of everyone that crossed my path during this time of recovery.
If All You Can Give is a Smile than Smile Every Day
I used to think that smiling and being friendly was not “a give” as I come from a family of smilers, we smile at everyone for every reason. I have witnessed my grandma, on numerous occasions, with a warm, welcoming, and endearing smile on her face, ask a sales clerk the cost of an item of clothing they are selling. It is in our blood and in our family culture. We smile. So, I never thought anything of it. In high school I was voted best smile, not because my smile is pretty, but because I smile so much. In university, a friend of mine had to give me a book, and was supposed to meet me in front one of my classes. I was late, and she had to get to her own class, so she approached a fellow classmate of mine, and said, my friend Sarah is in this class, do you know her? She said “no”. Then my friend described me as “the girl with shoulder length black hair who smiles all the time”, and this complete stranger responded, proudly, “oh yeah, I know her”.
Smiling Does Count!
As I have grown-up and seen more of the world, and less of my family, I have seen that smiling is not something that everyone does on a regular basis. And then a few weeks ago, I came across the following quote:
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. — Mother Teresa
Thus, it is official. By Mother Teresa standards (the golden oracle of giving) I did give-back, daily. It was all I could do, to smile at everyone.
They say smiling has a rippling effect, so smile big, as the bigger the ripple the bigger the wave.
Time Commitment: A Life Time of Smiles