Hi All! An odd wee for me. There were a lot of negatives – super stressful week at work, outside of the UK the news was all very depressing, there was a seemingly an endless barrage of hate and such coming through social media, etc., etc., etc. Ugh. I think everyone is feeling it for not only have I seen more hate on social media in the last week than ever before, I have also read more messages saying we need to step back and be thankful for all of the good, to keep that positive attitude, to be kind, to continue forward with a smile. I’ll admit that even though I write “The Weekly Smile” every week, it is often difficult to keep that positive attitude, so it was nice seeing all of those positive posts :) Thanks to all of you for posting those notes of positivity and kindness!
(Real quick aside, on the subject of kindness – I have four signs on my lawn, a pair on either side so cars can see from both directions. One of the pair is from our local Lions Club and says “Be Kind” in large letters and then some Lions stuff in smaller letters. The other is that “hate has no home here” sign you see all over. I make the Lions sign more prominent since the other seems to have taken on political ramifications – I want the message seen, not the politics.)
On to the post…
This weekend was gorgeous. The weather was what I call perfect. The highs were just over 75 F/ 24 C and the humidity was relatively low, so warm enough for shorts, but very comfortable. It did get chilly at night (around 50 F/ 10 C), but that is great sleeping weather – I keep the windows open and it is perfect. The sun was shining bright, and it did feel hot in the direct sunlight if there was no breeze, even if the temperatures said cool.
I really didn’t do anything over the weekend, but I did spend every minute I could outside. I mowed the lawn and did a few other outside chores, I took plenty of long walks, I talked to neighbors and did other stuff like that. i even sat in the sun and read, which is a rare thing for me. But it was great. I needed to be as far from technology as possible – I do not carry my phone with me when I am outside, so I was competently un-tethered most of the weekend.
I didn’t really do anything, but it was refreshing.
Those were my smiles for the week, the handful of blog posts that reminded me to stay positive even when the world seems to be going crazy, and just hanging out on a couple of beautiful early June days.
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). Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.