This week I am going to give you three, yes, three smiles for the price of one! And that’s not all! If you act now by reading, you may get a bonus smile out of this silly introduction!
Back in February of 2019 I did a smile post about a “new” house I bought on Cape Cod, one that will eventually be my retirement home. If you were observant, you may have noticed that I never had a post about selling my “old” house on Cape Cod. Well, over a year later, and after several false starts, including a deal falling through on the day it was supposed to close, my other house finally sold! I am no longer the proud owner of three houses that I can’t afford ;) Yes, a huge relief and giant smile :)
So I am down here on Cape Cod. Saturday was a beautiful day, so I decided to do my first kayak paddle of the year (in the “old place” I paddled all winter – I may explain the difference in another post). It was great! i saw few people but a lot of wildlife. Despite being the first of the year, it was a very long paddle. Yeah, I’m ready to go back out again :)
Something else I used to do all of the time but haven’t much in the last year is go to Chapin Beach early in the morning when I am not working. So Sunday morning I took a very long walk. The tide was very far out, and so I was able to walk on the sand flats far from the shore. This beach is gorgeous, and I had a great time. As to social distancing, yes, there were other people on the beach, but I am sure I stayed about 2 km from everyone ;) Yes, that is about a thousand times farther than that recommended 2 m ;)
So, over the weekend I saw snow egrets, great egrets, osprey, falcons (!), hawks, several species of woodpeckers, cormorants, loons, several species of ducks, geese, swans, plovers, sandpipers, etc., etc. Plus things like crabs and jelleyfish.
So my triple smile had to do with the big releif of being out of a financial burden on Cape Cod, and still experiencing the natural beauty of the Cape.
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) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). 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! :)