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Bringing Smiles

We are in the midst of the active, crazy, and exhausting season.  It’s not that it’s autumn or winter, it’s the holiday season.  This time of year many people are trying to spend time with friends and family, go to everyone’s party, shop for gifts, clean and decorate the house for guests, and still go to work, eat, and sleep like normal.  Good luck.  For me it’s a show or two every weekend until Christmas.  Some of the shows are three days long.  That drains me like running a marathon because I’m such an introvert.  I’ve seen people be ugly to each other while driving to the mall or shopping for the perfect gift at the best price.  All in the name of joy.  It’s really silly.

Pottery Smiles by Lori Buff
Smiling Soap/Sponge Holders

Last week my friend Gary Rosenberg wrote a blog post titled En-Vision Art which discussed how our lives are our art.  How we see things, how we react to things and events is our art.  How we bring smiles is defiantly our art.  So I’m going to challenge myself to try to find ways of bringing a smile to someone everyday throughout this season.  Would you like to join me in this challenge?  Post your ideas for bringing smiles in the comments of this blog or on my Facebook Page or tweet them using #HolidaySmiles.  Let’s see what we can do together.

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  1. washing dishes wouldn't be so bad seeing those smiling faces, ha, happy thanksgivng, ok let me put on my thinking cap, trying to bring smiles to someone every day is a gift that keeps on giving for sure and worth doing

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    1. You’re so creative Linda, I’m excited to know what ideas you have for this.

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  2. I think I will join you all in this endeavor. Peace on earth is a great goal, but doesn't exactly bring a smile (especially these days)...maybe see what happens if I try to share a joke every day...not the same one. How about a knock-knock joke? I'd probably have to duck as people threw things!

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    1. That’s great Barb, I’m glad you want to share the smiles.

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  3. I also think people sometimes just need to be acknowledged -- sometimes in their pain and angst, and sometimes just in their existence .... I too, am an introvert and 2 hours into a show, I felt like by life force was draining from by solar plexus ..... I had a talk with myself, reinforced myself with some on the spot meditation, some essential oils, and took my yoga off my mat .... found that when I began to just BE, and receive people in all their humanity, and take myself out of the equation, I began to find myself again .....

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment Caroline and welcome to the blog. I hope you enjoy what you see here and keep on sharing your thoughts in the comments.

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  4. Such cuties in that picture, and I shall have to look at that other gary R.'s post!

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  5. The older I get the less I understand this forced gift giving season. Why can't we buy something special for someone in the spring or summer? Or send a nice card? I have a friend that sends me a card once a month, always art related, always great. I'm going to try getting better at that next year.
    I have also started the habit of complimenting or saying something nice to each check out person I encounter when shopping. They are doing the best they can for low pay and not very stimulating work, but they are necessary and they are a human face, not a robot!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Lori!

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    1. Yes Tracey!!! Sometimes just saying something like “you look nice today” or “that color shirt really complements your eyes” can make someone’s day. Do it.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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