This blog took a brief vacation, since Thanksgiving. It needed rest. I needed a rest, too. But it’s back—and I am, too.
The most recent heart-filled memory that clearly stays with me is a wonderful smile I saw from a distance. I was trotting along on my rounds the day after Thanksgiving, walking as fast as I could in a new and unfamiliar location. A kind driver paused his vehicle to yield the right of way to me on the street. He donned a very pleasant smile as he motioned for me to move ahead while he waited for me to pass by. He was generous in more ways than one—he enabled me to keep up my brisk waking pace, and he shared a smile that lifted my heart. I can picture his smile in my mind at this very moment—it makes my heart smile now.
Interestingly, I am sure he didn’t think about the gifts he gave me. He was just being kind to a pedestrian between him and his turn on the road. Surely it was his habit to yield to pedestrians. And smiling was likely his habit, too.
It is good to be reminded about positive effects we can have on ourselves and others by gestures as minimal as smiling. I can read about the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of smiling, but receiving a smile affects me much more than reading about it. Small human motions are good for us—we are blest by gentle smiles, welcoming hand waves, arms reaching out, and acknowledging nods. They make our hearts smile!
Please tell me about a smile or other kind gesture that has uplifted your heart.