I will admit that the last few months have been a little stressful. I can’t tell you everything, or even most of it, or at least yet, though hopefully I will have a smile about one of of the bigger ones soon. Most of it is actually good, or would be, even if unexpected, like having to buy a new car out of the blue (don’t ask). The problem has been that there were just so many different things, each which could be easily handled on its own, but taken together were huge.
I don’t say much about my job, except that I’m a computer nerd and a Program Manager and I work with dozens of web sites that get tens or even hundreds of millions of hits a day (one site alone gets over 2 terabytes of traffic a day). It’s up to me to keep the trains running, as it were… Well, I haven’t been doing that for the last month. I won’t say why, but I’m sure most of you can guess. And missing two paychecks, well, it wouldn’t be so bad in a normal month, but as I said, I have a dozen other balls in the air, so, well, the end of this month has been a little stressful.
It seems odd, but these “involuntary leave” situations feel as if time is suspended. It is hard to do things. I have piles of things that I normally do on a regular basis just waiting for my return to work, even though they aren’t 100% dependent on work. It’s hard to explain, but it is as if I am frozen as I wait for word.
I am writing this post on Sunday because I know I will be straight out busy on Monday. Yes, after over a month I am back at work and have a month of mess to catch up on. And a mess it is. But I am back. So what better thing to smile about than being back to work? And my life can return to normal. Well, after a few days of readjustment!
That is my smile for this week, returning to work after over a month of “involuntary leave”.
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!