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"Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, even when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family." (Mother Teresa)
As I write this, Hanukkah is about to begin and there are 17 shopping days until Christmas. People are frantically baking, decorating and shopping, stretching already full schedules - and budgets - to the breaking point.
I don't know about you, but when I'm overwhelmed, I'm crabby and short-tempered. Little things stress me out, and the feeling of running in circles and accomplishing nothing is enough to make me crazy. Smiling is definitely not on the list of things to do.
But that is quite possibly the time I need to smile most - not only for those around me, but for myself as well.
Mother Teresa had a lot to say about smiling. Unlike W. C. Fields who joked that we should "start every day with a smile and get it over with," Mother Teresa calls smiles the beginning of love, and peace.
And despite the philosophical and religious differences among the holidays celebrated at this time of year, peace and love are their common threads. Granted, these threads get tangled into knots by tug of war created by shopping lists, family obligations and stores competing against each other to stay open until the wee hours of the morning and outdo each other in the price wars.
What better time of year to practice peace and love, And, what home couldn't use a little more love and peace at any time of year?
So smile. Even if you don't feel like it. Better yet smile at someone. Project a message of kindness and joy.
You never know who might need exactly that message.
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