The Weekly Smile for the 8th of March, 2021 #weeklysmile

This was one of those weeks. You know the type? Nothing bad happened, but, then again, there was nothing that stood out. On the other hand, it was a pretty good week.

Last week I firmly returned to my running routine. I had missed about a month, so the first few runs a couple of weeks ago were tough, but this week I was able to make it out four times, so great!

There were a few good pluses at work. A major project came to an end. The start of a security review began on a positive note. A few other good things.

During a walk in the woods I stopped and watched a couple of deer for a few minutes. Always love to see wildlife, particularly in wild settings.

I saw plenty of birds, including a large hawk that followed above me as I ran (no, it wasn’t a vulture waiting for me to drop ;) ).

The dog-play is always fun!

Making music/playing keyboards.

Our local Lions Club (I’m the president) held a virtual candidates’ night.

A few outside visits with friends is always great.


Talking to friends and family on the phone and on line. (And in person, but I already stated that ;) ).

The list goes on and on, but you get the idea, so I’ll stop.

The big thing is the small things. Although looking back, we often reflect on those big events in life, in truth it is the day to day that is important, that series of small things. It is just those small things – smiles, wags of puppy tails, completing jobs, yummy food, etc. – that make life worth living. I will never win the lottery, but I will have a friend give me a compliment or a stranger a warm smile, and that is what it is about!

That was my smile, all of those small things that added up to a big week :).

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.

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).

40 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 8th of March, 2021 #weeklysmile

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  16. dprastka

    I LOVE your smile post this week. It so true, all the little things that make us smile and I love how you ended with all of that, as I love to treasure all the good things in our lives. You are also so inspiring. If you can get out and run, there is no reason I can’t get out and walk! Oh I am so bad and procrastinate so often and I feel so much better when I walk! I try and power walk too, but I need to get out there more often. :D Here is my smile post for this week:

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks :) It is the little moments, those little things, that make up our lives. I can tell a huge difference if I don’t run – running really helps me mentally as well as physically. As to walking, I have no idea what I’d do (possibly “will do”) if I can’t get out and walk a couple of times a day! I’ll be by in a few minutes.

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  18. Natasha

    Dear Trent,

    Heart-warming reasons to smile. And it is indeed the small things that count – a warm hug, a playful puppy, a simple, delicious meal whipped up at home, a fragrant soap, a blooming red lily (on my terrace this morning, and a humble harvest of beet-root), a cosy pillo, a cool breeze and so many others.
    I am back after a break to share some smiles too.:)

    Have a week filled with smiles.:)


      1. Natasha

        It’s the little things that matter. And not the big, obvious ones. :) I always love cherishing and treasuring those.

        Thank you for your uplifting smiles, always make me happy. :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          The big events do matter, but it is the little things that make up our lives; they are the reason we wake up in the morning ;)
          Thanks! I am glad you can join in and share your smiles, even when you’ve had some very rough times in the last year :)

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  19. Ju-Lyn

    So glad to hear running went well this week. And that you had a good walk with time to visit with wildlife. And well, pizza – that would be a highlight for me too. Maybe i’ll pull out my pizza stone this weekend.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The month without running was very hard on me, so getting back into it has been great. There is a cheap pizza place near here. i have not had their pizza in a bit, but I like better than the more expensive places, so it was great having that cheap but yummy pizza ;)


  20. SHL2

    We use to have a lot of scissortail birds they are about the size of a mockingbird and they will swoop down after a cat or a dog not to eat them but to chase them away if they are close to their nesting area. Nothing great going on here either. Trying to organize stuff in the house, rake the leaves in the yard and buy a few new plants to get some life back in all this dead frozen landscape.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Do you have red wing blackbirds? They swoop at anything and anybody who walks to close to their nests. I know people who have been pecked on the top of their heads.


      1. SHL2

        Yes we have those I posted a pic of a group of them a few weeks back. I have never been pecked by them but since you have warned me I will be careful around them lol.

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  22. workinacresnothours

    I love reading about your week so inspirational. Pizza yum. lol, the hawk have you ever had one swoop at your dogs. We had a see Eagle swoop at our Princess many years ago at the beach my son had to grab her & dive under some debris It was funny but freaky. Deer how sweet. I hope this week is going grand for you in every way. Great smiles

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I see a lot of hawks and osprey and other large birds of prey (not eagles as often, unless I ma visiting my parents), but haven’t had one swoop for the dogs. The dogs are pretty big, so it would take a huge bird to carry one off! Hope you have a great week!

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