Smile MakersPosted: April 19, 2012
This little cookie has brought a big smile to my face today! It was brought to me by one of my very good friends who I have the pleasure of working with every day. She was spouting off about, “Being a fountain instead of a drain,” and spreading yellow sunshine by way of sugar cookies. This act made me thoughtful about the byline of this blog, “Make your own happiness.” It really doesn’t take much to make our own happiness, and take responsibility for the fullness of our own hearts. We often get caught up in the day-to-day worries about finances, deadlines, parental responsibilities, traffic, squirrels eating the garden, etc. etc.
Recently my son’s truck and all of his welding tools were stolen. It was quite an expensive loss for him, and I woke in the middle of the night distraught and upset by this injustice. He called me the next day, and I said, “I couldn’t sleep because I was so worried and upset for you.” He said, “Mom, there’s not a thing to be done about it. I just have to chalk it up as a lesson and move forward.” How easy it is though to get stuck in the mire and muck of everyday life and forget to move forward!
When my son was visiting Indonesia, he remarked over and over, “These people have so little material things, but they sure are happy.” They lived in tiny little shacks with a hose for a shower, no refrigeration, and the chickens lived inside. He didn’t speak the language, but every night shared a wonderful meal and hand-gestured conversation with his landlord. The fresh food was grown in the little garden beside the house, grilled outdoors, wrapped in wax paper, and eaten with fingers. They laughed, joked, smiled and drew stick-figure drawings in the dirt to get the point across. One day my son bought a watermelon and shared it with the other families who lived in the complex. The little kids squealed with joy at the unexpected treat from their funny American, “Bro.” That picture, too, makes me smile.
I started this blog about knitting and wanting to share how happy that makes me. I was thinking tonight that maybe the blog is not just about the physical doing of knitting, but about physically constructing my own happiness with the fibers of every-day life: enjoying the bits of spring, cookies, dogs, chickens, smells, flavors and textures of happiness.
Because of the little cookie pictured above, we made a “challenge” to start an epidemic of smiles. We have been participating in a book study by reading Malcolm Gladwell’s, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference.” This has inspired our little department to share some “smile” makers throughout the organization. We are not sure of what it will consist. We hope to do some candid pictures of folks getting “smiled” on throughout the project! I challenge you, too, to start the day, by going out of your way to make just two people smile today. What could we start with an epidemic like that?