This evening I went for a stroll around my little neighbourhood. I am currently in a weird mix of being wrecked from travelling, having to unpack, catching up on all the jobs I told myself I’d complete when I got back and I’m also in a mild post-holiday depression after my fantastic trip to Finland, Russia and Estonia. (A blog post about the trip is coming soon!)
As I was out getting some fresh air, a man in his late twenties/ early thirties passed me and decided to spit. This spit was not accidental, but was a disgusting, derogatory action.
I chose not to take offence but I noticed how the action of another person had affected my mood and my thought patterns. I suddenly remembered a poem from my childhood.
This was in fact the first poem I had ever learned, I started speech and drama at the age of five (after struggling with a stutter and a mild lisp) and instantly loved it. To this day drama and theatre are still some of my favourite hobbies and my whole family are involved in the local drama back home.
The first poem I had ever learned was about the effect of smiling, the power that we have, and the choices we make every day when choosing to let either positivity or negativity control us. The author is unknown but I thought it would be nice to share for anyone out there who needs a little pick me up.
Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!
But at five years old, I had lost my two front teeth, so my dad and I decided to add these two lines at the end!
A smile isn’t quite complete,
Unless you have ALL your teeth.
Keep Smiling Everyone!
How I’m Copen: 6/10
Peace begins with a Smile- Mother Teresa