Silver Lining

A loving community finding the silver lining.

Smile… :)

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For some reason, I’ve always liked smiling. My elementary school yearbooks all have short notes from my teachers, telling me to “keep smiling” and how they “love my smile.” To be honest, my smiles honestly weren’t very great, seeing as I had very crooked teeth as a child and always smiled a little lopsidedly with my mouth closed. But my teachers loved the smile. As I grew older, I started smiling less and less because there seemed like no reason to smile. My parents were even, at one point, urging me to smile and remove my constant blank frown. Life was no ball of joy anymore, with all the loss, rejection, and hurt that I went threw. However, occasionally, when having a good day, I smile brightly— and I can feel the joy bursting out. It’s wonderful how a physical motion changes how I feel. Sometimes I make awkward eye contact with people as I smile, and surprisingly, they smile back. It’s the weirdest thing. And when I see other people smile, it makes me want to smile too. Smiles are so magical, changing how I feel and how others feel as well. Can you even imagine the joy we can create when we all smile together? Take a step today and smile. Smile when you’re walking to school, talking to friends, writing an essay, playing soccer, or doing absolutely anything! See how you spread the joy. The feeling when someone smiles back at you is irreplaceable. SMILE LOVE.