Smile, the world is watching
I think the beginning of my transition to a boho lifestyle started a few years ago when I noticed that a lot of senior citizens walked down the street with a scowl on their face. To be fair, I don’t think they were actually scowling — I think the lines of old age just made it look that way.
The more I thought about it the more I realized it could also be physical pain, disappointment, boredom, or any number of factors the rest of the world on that street knew nothing about. Whatever it was it made them look unapproachable, sour and just plain unpleasant.
What a surprise when I realized that I was one of those people.
I made a decision that from that day on I would walk down the street with a smile on my face, not a big smile but my lips turned upward as if I had a private little secret I was thinking about at that very moment. I thought about the things that made me happy — my pets, a funny joke or story. It was easy to do when I was out with the dogs but I started wearing my ‘secret smile’ even when I was alone.
People smiled back, some nodded, others just looked at me. I caught a glimpse of myself in a store window and I looked happy as I walked down the street. I liked how I looked and how I felt. I was an actor on the stage of life playing a role.
Until I wasn’t …
Somewhere along the line I had stopped playing the role of a happy person and I became a happy person. The more I thought about the things that made me happy the happier I became. There just wasn’t room in my brain for anything else.
Tomorrow when you leave the house try focusing on happy thoughts and watch what happens!
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