May you wake up every morning with a smile that does not fade...

as you remember yesterday 

and all the wonderful memories you made.


And today

 may you treasure every moment…

every person…

every place..

for you never know which one, 


will put a smile on you face.



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One of his favorite moments

in all the memories he’s compiling

is when he walks in the early morning

and it seems, to him, the moon is smiling.


He’s amazed how the moon’s smile

from way up there in space

can travel in an instant

and land upon his face.


He believes there’s something magical

in the way the moon shares her smile with such ease…

and for the rest of the day he’s inspired to share that smile

with everyone he sees.



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He learned this from his Grandma…a woman with wisdom, grace and style.

When she felt someone needed one…she would send them out a smile.


His Grandma thought a smile glowed…it was like turning on a light…

and she could send it’s rays in any direction…up…down…left…or right.


She would close her eyes…think of that person and in a whisper she would say,

“I’m sending you this smile…I hope it brightens up your day.”


She’d even send smiles to those who’ve passed saying, “When they see how my light shines.

They’ll know they don’t have to worry…that I am doing fine”.


His Grandma said, “I truly believe……although I really do not know

that when I release a smile…it knows just where to go”.


“You know those times something makes you feel better…when you’re feeling blue?

“That is just my smile,” she’d say, “finding its way to you.”


She believed in the power of love…in the power her smile could exert…

“I don’t know if it will help.” She’d say…”but I know…it couldn’t hurt.”


There are still moments when he feels it…moments that seem grim…

when seemingly out of nowhere her smile reaches him…


And he often smiles up at her today…

knowing when she sees the light of his smile shine…

She won’t have to worry…because she’ll know he’s doing fine.


For he believes in the power of love…in the power his smile exerts….

as his Grandma said, it might not help…but he knows it couldn’t hurt.


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People often ask the old woman how she’s able to embrace 

a world where troubles surround her with a smile on her face.


“I once thought I was a unique individual,” the old woman smiles, 

“And to some extent I think that’s true

But upon further reflection I realized…I smile because of you.


Not just you…but you…and you…and you…

Shall we do the math…

The reason I’m still smiling today is because of every you 

who ever crossed my path.


You…my parents who gave me my smile…

you who raised me with dignity and grace…

You…my own family and friends who have kept that smile on my face.


You…the people whose lives touched mine if only for a little while…

you…who even when you didn’t know it…added to my smile.


You…my teachers…for you are all my teachers

Today…and in the past…

The wisdom I’ve obtained from you has made my smile last.


My smile didn’t get here by itself…my grin from ear to ear

It’s been nurtured since the time when I was young…

I’ve been growing it for years.


"So I leave you with this bit of wisdom.” The old woman always says.

“That I am certain to be true.

I would not be smiling today 

If it weren’t for you

and you

and you.


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Today I’m honored to share with you a smile

and before the day is gone

please take this smile I am giving you

and kindly pass it on.


In a world with people so far apart…

because of our colors, 

our shapes 

our styles

perhaps the distances between us would shorten…


if we measured it in smiles.

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Their eyes met but for a moment 

only lingered on each other a short while

but it was enough for him to capture forever….


the memory of her smile.

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What is it about a baby’s smile?  

What’s in that smile we see?

Beauty, innocence, acceptance, compassion…purity?


Do we see comfort, pleasure satisfaction, peace and harmony…

happiness, beatitude…delight…serenity?


Or is that baby’s smile to us…a little more than what it seems?

Perhaps we see a shadow of our hopes…a reflection of our dreams?


Perhaps we realize a baby’s smile is a gift to remind us who we were

when we were young, excited, wide-eyed…

when we were innocent and pure.


A baby’s smile reminds us…we don’t have to look too far

to see not only who we were…but also who we are.


And if we have forgotten who we are…

perhaps in that baby’s smile we can see

not only who we were…

but who we are…


and who we’re meant to be.

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A Simple Regret

All and nothing

All I knew was the smile,

The link between us,

The blink that drew us,

Never was there

Ever anymore,

The smile was all I knew.

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There is so much to smile about as each day dawns anew

Let me take a moment to identify a few.


There’s the sunshine every morning 

The stars that twinkle at night

The wind that tickles the treetops 

the moon that glows so bright.


There are raindrops on the roof…

a rainbow in the making.

The aroma of coffee in the morning

the scent of cookies baking.


There’s a baby’s laugh, a good movie

you’re favorite book or favorite song

that when you hear it on the radio

you can’t help but sing along.


There’s clouds reflected on the water,

birds soaring across the sky

There’s the touch of a hand, a warm embrace

or the look in a loved ones eyes.


A smile…just look at the Mona Lisa,

is truly a masterpiece.

It is the universal language of kindness

the beginning of love and friendship and peace.


Beauty stretches across it, 

it can amuse, seduce…beguile

Think about it:

Have you ever regretted anything that has ever made you smile?


If a smile is so beautiful, so indispensable…so refined

If it’s so important to a healthy life…

then one question comes to mind.


Why is it as babies and children we smile more than 300 time a day?

Why when we’re young are we filled with smiles aplenty?

And why, by the time we become adults,


do we smile less than twenty?

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