‘Papa, you are not smiling!’ exclaimed my little daughter.
She was in her playing mood, imitating people she has seen. These are precious moments for a Stay-at-Home-Dad.
‘Ah! You caught me, dear! I am sorry.’ I replied.
She came forward pulled my cheeks to let me smile. She did it. And she was happy. A face shines while smiling.
‘Umm-uh, you’re handsome, Papa!’ she continued. She made my day. I gathered all my expression and showed her my charming smiling face.
She was chattering and chirping all around me as we played. She was energetic and excited the whole day. And I try to smile more often. We grab teddy bear and make his faces as we like.
What had happened to me! I said to myself. I am not unhappy but my smile did not show out. There was no change in my facial appearance. I am smiling inside of me, just for me only, it seems. I easily get lost in my own thoughts.
My jaws are tight and my facial muscles hardly change. Except for the serial twitching of muscles near my eyes. That too, not a good sign although it ended by itself most of the time. It is uncomfortable at times.
Everyone gets relief to see happy faces. It is a good practice to show our happy faces at least. It is not costly and may be the cheapest way to help others.
My son came home from school. He was happy to show me that his Ma’am (teacher) gave him a smiley sticker for his class work. That’s the power of seeing a smiling face. With words of my praise, I also pat him and smiled as bright as I could. Both of us are happy!
Some of us can lose our smiling face on the way. The reason varied for each person. It might be due to illness, grief, unable to handle responsibility, busy and hectic schedule, and the likes.
But once awhile, it would be a good practice to take time off and smile upon all our difficulties. Reflecting on the good things in our lives so far, less we lose our smile too.
Things have changed a lot. We lose some we gain some. Balancing act in life needs to be maintained.
Wearing a smile on our face is a powerful weapon in dealing with circumstances of life. Smile back to someone at least once a day, not the fake smile of those trained persons.
There are fake and genuine smiles too. A genuine smile can be ease other’s minds. It can change their day. However, a fake smile simple adds to their woes.
A smile can be contagious too. When someone in the room wears a genuine smile it can spread all over the place. “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.” (Proverbs 15:30)
Even in our workplace, we are told to smile often did things with a smile regardless of the situation. (Ephesians 6:7)
Let us try to retain our smiling face. You can join me in regaining a shining face and kept me encouraged.
Smiling is the unique quality or expression possessed by human among all other creations.