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Always remember to SMILE!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Back when i was a sophomore in high school and had been selected for another year as a majorette, I decided to go to majorette camp sponsored by indiana University. What a week it was! There was so much to learn! Besides the routine themselves, we learned how to do our makeup and smile so that we could be truly entertainers and not simply go through the routines by rote. Our cabins were a good half mile walk away from the practice field and the community room. All in all being there was a physical and emotional challenge. I was thankful i did a lot of walking, but a lot of the girls didn't and would be near tears by the end of the day. All of us would be exhausted by bedtime and sleep came fast and deeply.

There was a community room where we would have our very nutritious, healthy meals. We also used the cleaned tables for our makeup lessons. The room was so large, we could also have team practices if there was rain, without having to move those tables.
There were three entry doors into the room from outdoors. Above each doorway in huge letters was the word SMILE! Next to each door was a phrase from the Nat King Cole hit of the 1950's:

"That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying?
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile"

This was a reminder to us that no matter how bad things seemed to be for us, we needed to smile. it was much in the vein of "The show must go on". Much before the end of the week, smiling was second nature for all of us. It didn't matter if we had blisters on our feet or calluses forming on our hands, we smiled. Especially if we had physical issues and tears in our eyes from pain, those smiles were splashed across our faces and no one knew any different. of course we all knew our own aches and pains and assumed everyone else had them, too. By the end of that week, I had firmed up, applied makeup to enhance my appearance, was better in step with moves and music, and to consistently smile. I also had some new friends of the older girls from a neighboring school. Their entire squad was there and they were all juniors and seniors. I was the only other from our county and they took me under their collective wings. It was a good lesson and one to carry throughout life.

I try to emphasize "remember to smile" at the end of most of my status updates and blog entries, because i truly believe in what i learned that summer so many years ago.
No matter what you are feeling physically and even if you don't really want to, smiling - especially when returned by others - can't help but make you feel better. When i feel better and more confident, i tend to want to do more physically and to eat less. It all comes together for me. I have to be honest and say, after al these years of practice, there are times I can't do it. I cannot smile. But with each year that passes, it really does become easier to smile rather than not.

Our lives are too short to spend them in sadness and being unhappy. We have only what is now. No tomorrow is guaranteed to us. We really should make the most of it and continue on our journeys as the blessing they are while helping others feel better about themselves, being good to ourselves, making the best choices we can, and to always, always SMILE!!

For all my Spark Buds:

When skies are gray, i wish you warmth and laughter.
When something in your life seems almost unbearable, i wish you comfort.
When you feel you aren't progressing and want to give up, I wish you the ability to come to SP and find the support you need to keep going.

Peace Love Hope

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    Great blog and fond memories of that special week.
    1955 days ago
    emoticon Taking your message to heart and I think it definitely DOES make life in general a more positive experience.

    HUGS and thanks for sharing our story.
    1956 days ago
    Hey Sparkies, check I like this as well. I like her blogs cause they are positive.
    1956 days ago
    Love this story! emoticon
    1956 days ago
    There are days I have to dig deep to find a reason to smile, but I try to do so every day, even if it's a little thing.
    1956 days ago
    We use to tell our agents answer the telephone with a smile and it did make a difference. You really make a difference if you take the opportunity to compliment some one during the day. I was at Sam's Club the other day and noticed this little lady, very perky, neat, smiling and I could not help but to tell her how nice she looked. The she actually beamed and thank me for mentioning it. She must have been in her 80s and truly was a picture.
    1956 days ago
    Smiling makes you feel happier and really is a good mood booster!

    1956 days ago
    1956 days ago
    EV I needed to read this blog today for certain.
    You were so fortunate to have had such an amazing life experience when you were so young. it is also amazing it is such a precious time for you and a real lesson in life. Well DONE emoticon emoticon emoticon

    I have a very hard time smiling at people. Unless I am in conversation my mouth is closed, I will try very hard to remember your message today and forever.
    It is an easy process to determine why i never learned to smile. Its a long story but I am almost 70 and still smiling for no reason never occurs to me.
    Thanks for your comments and I know they will resonate with me all day long. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
    Your blog is spot on. When I went for my fourth thyroid biopsy, the doctor said "you're always smiling - it's so much more relaxing for my team!" Never doubted the power of a smile, but that sure confirmed it for me!
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    1956 days ago
  • DR1939
    When I was in grade school I walked to my piano lessons. To pass the time I tried to make everyone I saw smile back at me. emoticon
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    1956 days ago
    Smiling can actually release hormones in the body that help us feel happy. So smiling when you don't feel like it can often help you feel happier after just a few minutes. "Fake it til you make it." Also, when smiling while out in public it can be contageous and can brighten others' days - especially if they smile back!

    I've noticed that as I use my walker I get a lot of looks from people (I'm 31 and have few outward signs of my medical conditions). I look at them right in the eye and give them a big smile. After a moment they look at me and often times smile back or say a hello. It's incredible to see faces go from 'woah, what's wrong with her?' to 'hey she's smiling at me' and their demeanor really changes.
    1956 days ago
    Justa smile will cheer your day up--- Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Lynda
    1956 days ago
    Very true and that is a fav song of mine!

    Keep smiling hun. Great lesson.

    Have a great weekend emoticon
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  • JAMER123
    So true! I agree with you as one not only make oneself feel good but others around you as well. So "Put on a Happy Face" is a song that immediately came to mind!
    Thank you for a great blog!!
    1956 days ago
    Studies even say that just smiling activates the brain and makes it feel good! Plus you are working out those facial muscles!! And it really does take more muscles to smile than to frown!!! Great blog! A feel good blog! Nice story about your days as a majorette! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1956 days ago
    I agree. Reminds me of the song Smile that Nat Kind Cole recorded. Great blog!
    1956 days ago
    Thanks for making me smile today, Ev. Have a wonderful weekend.
    1956 days ago
    I love to smile! It does make me feel good. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon
    1956 days ago
    So true- it does make you feel better and by smiling you get to make other peoples day better too. So it is a Win=Win.
    Answering the phone with a smile is important too.

    Great lesson. tanks for sharing your story.
    1956 days ago
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