The Weekly Smile for the 29th of August, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! It’s been an odd week over all. I think I complained a lot in my weekend coffee share post. Oh well, it was like that in ways. But it wasn’t all bad, and some of those things I complained about were actually had a good side to them. So things were pretty good, but there was no one big thing that stood out.

Yep, you guessed it, this is another “it’s the small things in life that count” post ;)

I have said it many times, and I will say it again: we cannot expect one huge thing after another, life doesn’t work like that. To get the most from life we need to celebrate the small, be grateful for the common and smile at the every day.

There were some highlights last week. I had a few great walks, including into a small bit of woods near my house. I had the best run I have had since I’ve been back from my trip. I spent time socializing with friends and neighbors. I talked to family. Although I complained about getting home well after my bedtime, seeing all of the people at the Lions Club dinner meeting was good. We had some much needed rain! It is going to be hot today, but we had a couple of very comfortable days. I’ve returned to blogging after all of that time off (I posted a lot last week, but more than that, I read quite a few posts). I’m in the middle of a great book. I received some fresh honey in the mail (my dad has bees).

Oh, there is a lot more, those are just some of the things that came to mind immediately without even thinking about it. If I put thought in, I am sure I could come up with a list 10 times as long.

So, on an odd week that at first glance seemed to be all about some super stressful situations at work, and yet, without even thinking I can come up with about a dozen things to smile about, some are huge things. Some have even bigger smiles behind them (that my 89 year old dad, who caught Covid on our recent trip, is able to take care of bees, gather honey is a much bigger smile than getting honey!!)

That is my smile for the week, all of those little things that make up life.

What made you smile?

A reminder – although you can still put up smile posts on your own, I will not be putting up smile posts for the next two weeks.

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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 weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.

41 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 29th of August, 2022 #weeklysmile

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  5. Natasha

    That honey sounds nice and good to know your Dad is fine, dear Trent.

    Sometimes it’s alright to vent and get it over with. That way we learn to appreciate the small gifts of life.

    And yes, it’s the harder days that teach us the most. And to be grateful for the good times.

    Take good care and I wish you a blessed new month, with very little to complain about.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I am glad my Dad got Covid after all of the vaccines and boosters instead of early on!
      You can’t really see the light if there is no darkness. Last week wasn’t a terrible week, but not a good week, either… at least not until I made it one :)
      Thanks, I hope you have a wonderful September.

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      1. Natasha

        My in-laws also got covid twice and the second time after the booster dose. There are no guarantees the vaccine will protect us from the virus, but at least it’s not as bad as it has been in the past.

        Hope you dad’s on the mend, and back to his bee keeping. :) Prayers and love for him.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Thanks, my dad is well enough to be mowing his church’s lawn ;) lol, even at 89 he doesn’t slow down for long. There are no guarantees, but I do think some things help a little more than going into it with nothing. Maybe…

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              1. Natasha

                Me too! Mine is 83, lives alone, cooks his meals, keeps his home and garden spiffy, travels a few times every month on his scientific pursuits, and lives life very joyously.

                I just hope I can power through my older days just like him. And your Dad. 🤗

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                1. trentpmcd Post author

                  I’ll have to ask next time I talk to him. He has only been workign with bees for a couple of years (it was a present from us kids to him) and his hives don’t travel the way some do, so he might not have that down.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It is always nice visiting :) The last few times I stopped in I had issues commenting – Word Press has acted funny since I returned from my vacation. But I will be sure to see what you’ve been up to. I just posted this week’s smile, so I hope you have something to share :)

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  7. Ju-Lyn

    Wading through our busy and stressful weeks to uncover smiles … that certainly is a discipline in reflection and gratefulness. It’s particularly challenging when one returns from a great vacation.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          There is a lot of overlap between the “what did you smile about” and gratefulness reflections, but I admit I do not spend nearly enough time on the gratefulness side. Part of that is that the top few are so often the same – family, friends, health, etc. But, yeah, something we should all do, good weeks, and,particularly, during bad weeks.

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  10. joylennick

    I smile every day because I still have a loving husband (94) who drives (like a 45 year-old) cooks now we’re retired, shops (he loves it…) and still has ‘all his marbles,’ as the saying goes; three worthy sons, the freedom of democracy, in Spain. And…I hear wonderful music on Classic FM, and have just finished writing my 10th book (9 published.) I’m just 90. Best wishes to you. xx

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I agree, a lot of small things do add up to quite a big thing, something we too often forget – there is always something out there.
      In the last two years those bees have become my dad’s passion, which is great – having an immersive hobby keeps you going.

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