The Weekly Smile for the 28th of February, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi, all! Well, I’ll be the first to admit that there is plenty out there that is very Frown-Inducing this week! OK, I hate war. Don’t we all? But this is a smile post, right? It is not the place to talk about awful events that are going on in the world, nor about global politics.

On the personal side, it was a pretty good week. You can read my last post, my coffee share post, if you want to know more, but I want to go beyond a “it’s the small things” post.

It snowed here on Friday. We received about half the amount that was forecast and it was a light, powdery snow. OK, I am odd, but I did enjoy getting out and shoveling. I’ve always joked that snow removal is one of the few “respectable” ways an adult can go out and just play in the snow the way a child does ;) But it is true to some extent.

Saturday dawned bright and clear with little wind. It was cold, but the rising sun felt balmy. I dressed for Antarctica, and ended up over warm. But that was fine.

My first walk of the day was gorgeous. Few people were up at that hour, yet most of the snow removal had been completed the night before. The bright sun, all golden as it first peeked over the horizon, made the fresh, untracked snow flame up and sparkle with a billion diamonds.

Over the next two days I spent as much time as possible out walking in and enjoying the snow. By Sunday evening it was windy and felt cold with moist air moving in. The snow was crusting over in a way that made it hard for Fiyero to barge through without hurting, so that last walk stayed mostly to the road.

And so that is my smile, enjoying a late winter wonderland of new fallen snow and bright blue skies.

What made you smile?

Editor’s note – It is exactly when things look dark that we need to stop and reflect on our lives and see the good that is there, even if there appears too much bad. These are the times when we need to occasionally step back from the crisis and catch our breath for a moment before being inundated with it again.

(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).

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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).  Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.

14 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 28th of February, 2022 #weeklysmile

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’ll admit I can be a news junkie, and part of me just wants to know what is happening, but I know it is unhealthy. So, yeah, making sure there is balance, seeing that the sun is still shining, my dog’s tail is still wagging, etc. We just need to take a break from it and see the beautiful side of life :)
      I hope you are doing well, Deborah. have a great weekend.

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  2. Ju-Lyn

    It is weeks likes these that require some discipline to turn away from the news cycle and focus on little things that bring a smile. It is a challenge though, and often I wonder if there is a better balance for myself – not to sink into despair but at the same time, help where I can.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Finding the news balance is very difficult. I can be a news junkie, so these last few weeks I have almost had to force myself to stay away as much as possible. And stopping, looking at life around us, seeing smile and joy in commons things, well, it helps during dark times :)

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  5. WildChild47

    late winter snowfalls marvel – even for the “tiredness” of a seemingly never ending season – but yes, there is still a magical quality – especially in the quiet hours and moments; and if you are able and enjoy the shoveling? good for you :) …. I’ll then ask you to come visit and shovel me out! ;) LOL ….. and yup, in a world gone mad, it IS important to stop and marvel, to look out and with unclouded eyes, to free and ease the spirit and heart – and just notice – and wonder …. for ultimately, perhaps in these smaller moments, we truly find peace, light, strength, courage, hope – in wonder and beauty – and if anything, perhaps we might even find some sanity ….

    Hope you have a most wonderful week Trent :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am more than ready for winter to be over… but there is something about the snow that is just magical, and while it is still fresh and clean, I can go out an frolic (OK, plod along and frolic in my head). And I do like to shovel.. as long as I am close to the house ;) If I have an invalid neighbor, maybe I will stray away from the house, but that that’s about it. lol. It is so easy to personalize all of the worlds problems. Why should I be stressed at something happening half a world away? But I am, and we all are, so, yeah, we need to slow down, smell the flowers, or play in the snow, and look for peace in the every day :” Have a wonderful week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m sure it was special time together with your little boy, snow or no snow. In New Hampshire it will stay winter pretty much right up to the equinox and April snows aren’t unheard of… Hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  6. Lakshmi Bhat

    Yes, there is so much going on which is a great tragedy. So, we have find solace in everyday small happenings. For me snow is magic. I experienced it for the first time in 2017 when I was with my daughter and family in Germany.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There is so much tragedy and it is hard not to personalize it. It must have been a magical experience to see snow for the first time as an adult. Knowing about it and experiencing it are two different things. Thanks, have a great week.

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