A momentary pause here. Hitting the reset button. With about 500 words. 🙂
One of the things I truly enjoy about blogging has been the community. And I noticed from the beginning that the tone of most pages is one that is upbeat and positive. In fact, many are inspirational.
And I think people seek out the words that help them rejoice in the day.
Generally speaking, I’ve followed this path with my writings, but there are times I have to note that some of my posts, and my most recent posts in particular, do stray into negative waters. The series I’m doing on marriage right now is one of those examples, as is the post yesterday about having been looted.
And while I realize this is real life, and many people like reading real life posts, others simply find these monologues depressing and uninteresting. Some may not like reminders of the troubling situations they are in.
Or that human nature can be so vile.
Yet, I feel obligated to finish what I started, this current series, for several reasons. For one, I like finishing things. I don’t like leaving things undone. For another, it is educational, even if it’s not all fun and games. It is real life, life when it bites, life when it sucks. It is truth. Truth that happened to me. And others. Perhaps someone will gain some insight from my failures.
And it is also therapeutic for me. A way to release.
Having said that, once this series is complete, I will try to arc back to some more creative and inspirational words. So please bear with me.
I had this thought, and took this pause today, because one of my blogging friends, Eliza Waters, sent me a more uplifting post about human nature yesterday, about the building of bridges. I think she sought this out after reading my piece about a more disturbing part of the human psyche – the opportunistic nature of some to take advantage of the trusting nature of others.
If you’d like to see some beautiful flower arrangements, check out Eliza’s page.
So, there you have it. There is often much more good to see around us if we look, but we have the tendency to focus on the bad because it can be more dramatic, more emotive. And because we’ve been taught to.
I did a little experiment a couple of days ago when I was out running errands.
When I’m out in public I see a lot of unhappy faces. People are angry. People are stressed. Couples are fighting. Parents are screaming at children.
People are having trouble making it through the day.
My experiment was that I greeted these people with a smile. Nothing more. Momentary eye contact and a smile. A brief glimpse into their souls.
And guess what?
Everyone of these folks, even the most stressed, who locked eyes with mine, even for just a second, resonated with that universal smile, and they lit up like Christmas tree lights. A smile took over their face, you could see it spread, and we acknowledged the divinity in each other.
And then we walked on. Not a word spoken, but so much communication.
You know what else, everyone becomes strikingly beautiful when they smile 😊
Photo: Well, I couldn’t get the photo to fit correctly in the feature photo space to show off Taz’s smile. So here’s the full view – had to wait for the end to see it 🙂 My buddy passed on about 2 and half years ago. I still keep his bed at the foot of mine in case his spirit needs a place to sleep. What a smile. People can’t tell me that other species don’t have spirits.
Taz photo-bombed me here. I was trying to get a pic of a tiny wild flower by his pen and he shoved his head out from under that tarp just as I snapped it – LOL!