Friday, May 26, 2006

TODAY'S QUOTE: Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

What came first the chicken or the egg? In the long and short of it, the order of conception doesn't really matter. When you're smacking your lips over an omelet the last thing that comes to mind is the source of the egg. Eww! When a smile graces your face before it's passed on, the order in which it appeared isn't a consideration either; it just feels too damn good to ponder on it that way. You just do it without thinking it to death. And that's a good thing!I know that performing any act will transform it into fact in the blink of an eye. If you use your time wisely and adjust your mindset accordingly there isn't any reason to set yourself up to fail, when success is an option. Just because you don't see it doesn't mean it isn't there.  It takes time to figure out what to look for; learning where to look takes determination, and uniting the two takes God's help.

Don't waste time just pondering over a reality that brings nothing but pain, when changing it is well within your ability. Stop producing deep lines in your face and deeper ones in your soul by constantly focusing on a problem without considering any possible solution. Pressure ages us so quickly. By willing adding tonnage to your own burdens you only assist in the aging process. Don't be so worried about your purpose that you forget to be grateful you even exist. Remember that if there's a will, there's a way; if you can't find your way then you're simply not exercising enough willpower. Whenever your choice is between up and down always opt to rise. And that includes using your will to master the corners of your mouth into either a negative or positive direction.  

I often smile when I'd rather frown, because giving into the negative would make a mess of my equilibrium in no time flat. Negatives use up too much valuable space, while earning you no precious grace. But positives expand as they go, giving you ample room in which to grow. Smiling when you would rather frown just confuses the hell out of any lurking scowls. All too soon the grin will be soul deep and not simply pasted on. Overpower the darkness with your inner light; if wiggling the switch seems tiresome just think about how exhausting it is trying to navigate in total darkness.

The first person who smiles back will give you a real reason to be doing so. It seems simple because it is; frankly speaking, most things in life are less complicated then we like to think. All too often people imagine tasks more difficult so they have a valid excuse not to attempt them. There's simply no excuse good enough for not smiling as often as possible. Dodging a bullet takes fast action, and sidestepping negative thoughts and reactions requires timely intervention. Turn your frown upside down asap or be satisfied with aiding and abetting in a smiles total destruction. The only one truly capable of making a lasting positive change in the alteration of your circumstances or your realistic acceptance of them is you. *SMILES!!!