“Your winsome smile will be your sure protection.” – Message inside of a fortune cookie I once received
Smiling can be difficult, but we really should do it more often. We should not only smile when things are going our way, but we should smile even when they don’t.
Smiling your way through life’s obstacles will make things a little easier when they are really hard. Frowning your way through life’s obstacles just makes things harder when they don’t need to be!
Smiling in the face of difficulty doesn’t mean that we don’t acknowledge our other less pleasant emotions, it’s just that we recognize that, really, everything is as it should be, because all of our decisions in life have lead up to this moment. Keeping a smile on our face is the way we acknowledge that life is growth, and growth can be messy and uncomfortable.
Our smile reminds us that everything is fine.
For about 3 months now I’ve been in the process of buying a home. Even in a relatively short period of time, there have been several challening situations along the way.
Being a first time home buyer, I’m new to the process and was ignorant in the beginning of all the places along the way that something could fall through (I’m not anymore however 😉 ). Keeping a smile on my face through a long and sometimes difficult process has been challening, but it’s easier to get back up after a fall with a smile than with a frown.
Even if things don’t work out exactly as I want them, the experience has been valuable (and it’s not over yet!). I can smile through this process because I know that things will turn out fine, and I’ll have learned something I didn’t know before. Smiling is a way to practice both faith and acceptance in the universe, and I can’t put my smile away yet. 🙂
How To Smile Your Way Through Life
Remember That Failures Teach Us Something – Failing is valuable, even if it is unpleasant. We wouldn’t get very far if we never failed at anything. Success isn’t quite the teacher that failure is. In fact, success is simply the last stop on the Failure Train. Once you’ve failed so many times, success is bound to happen. 🙂
Remember That Everything Is As It Should Be – Your life as it is right now, is the culmination of every decision you’ve ever made, whether good or bad. So, everything is exactly as it should be, according to everything that you’ve ever decided. When something isn’t as we want it to be, there is value to be extracted from that situation. We just have to figure out what it is.
Remember Your Own Power of Creation – When you don’t like the way that something is, you can always work towards change. You have the power of creation in your life, and you should use it. However, sometimes in order to be the creator that we want to be, we have to develop skill and experience first (see “Failure” above 😉 ).
Remember That Life Is The Art Of Growing – Growth is wonderful because it takes us to new places that we want to go to. However, it’s also a messy process that at times we are tempted not to deal with. But, once we are at the place that we want to be, the mess doesn’t seem to be that much of a price to pay. Don’t avoid the mess.
Life doesn’t give us what we want when we want it, but it always gives us exactly what we need to get to what we want. Smile through the process and life becomes much more enjoyable. You are more resilient than you think.
What keeps you smiling when things aren’t going your way? Share your ideas in the comments!