I have a big smile this week.
Several years ago I decided that I would like to retire on Cape Cod. About 6 years ago I bought a nice 4-season cottage and spend a lot of time there. Well, even though retirement is still a few years out, we decided to buy the retirement house now. We looked around for a while and finally found the perfect place. It needs a lot of work, but has a ton of charm. And since we won’t live here full time for a few years, we have time to update and modernize it. Of course, update without getting rid of any of the charm!
It has been a painful process, worse than any other buying, selling, remortgaging, etc. that I’ve been through, and I’ve been through a few, but we finally closed on Friday.
Unless I win the lottery ;) , the cottage will go on the market in two or three months. It is a great place, with a landing to Swan Pond about 100 yards/meters away. I’ll miss it. But this new place will be worth it in the long run, even if I don’t start every day on the Cape watching the sun rise over Swan Pond….
My smile this week is finally closing on the new house.
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!