This might seem like an odd smile at first, so stick with it to the end :)
Both of my parents had the flu in April. It was bad. When I saw them in August they were still not completely recovered and tired far easier than they had the year before. In early October they were closer to their old selves. It took a while!
A little over a week ago they became sick again. Last Sunday my mom rushed my dad to the hospital. He was running a very high fever and was very dehydrated. When they tested the discovered that he did not have “the flu”, he had two different strains of flu at the same time! They kept him over night.
I talked to him a few minutes on Friday and he sounded really good. Last night he was even better. As was my mom, who didn’t have it nearly as bad as he did. They both said that despite the scare of last Sunday, they were not as sick as they were in the spring. No where even close to that sick.
Yes, it will take a long time to recover, but they are not expecting it to take as long as it did in the spring. And they are both up and doing their normal routine, which is, in many ways, busier than people half their age.
So that is my smile: my parents, and my dad in particular, are not as sick as we thought they were just a week ago and recovery is going well for both. No worries about them being sick over Christmas.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
And remember, the Smile can be anything, large or small. Nothing, nothing at all is too small for a Smile! Sometimes taking time to notice those small, every day smiles is more important than those once in a lifetime huge ones :)
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).
Try to use the hashtag #WeeklySmile when you use Twitter or other social media that uses hashtags. I searched Twitter and found that #weeklysmile had been used only a handful of times back in 2012 and 2013. It hasn’t been used since. So it’s ours! I also registered it on Twubs.
You can use the graphic at the top. It is the official graphic for the event.
Now go out there and find something to smile about! :)
“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”
When I used to do a monthly compassion post, this was my theme:
Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!