Why do you smile?
Do you smile because you are proud?
Do you smile to be silly?
Do you smile because you love and are loved?
Do you smile to show appreciation?
Do you smile to show kindness?
Do you smile because you are happy?
Do you know why you smile?
What makes you happy?
Do silly pictures of animals make you happy?
Do your loved ones make you happy?
Do accomplishments make you happy?
Does music make you happy?
Does praying make you happy?
Does a good meal make you happy?
Does your profession make you happy?
Do you know why you are happy?
Sometimes I can’t explain the things that make me happy. Sometimes I smile because that’s what I know. Everyone knows how to smile. The best part about a smile is that it’s the same in every language.
This week I started volunteering at a center for children with disabilities. This week, I found happiness in the smiles of children. There are many children at the center who are non-verbal. These students find ways to communicate their thoughts and emotions in many different ways; I love their smiles.
When I walk into a room and see a child’s face light up, they don’t need to tell me they are happy, I know.
When a student chooses what song they want to sing and they smile and dance along, they don’t need to tell me they are happy, I know.
When I greet a child by name and they beam, they don’t need to tell me they are happy, I know.
When a child answers correctly after working really hard on a task and they smile, they don’t need to tell me they are happy, I know.
There are a lot of things that I can learn from being a teacher. I think one thing that we can all learn from children is that it is important to find happiness in the big things, but it is also important to find happiness in the small things that life brings us. Don’t let a day go by that you cannot find something to smile about. If nothing else, smile because you can.
(Also, we had our first retreat in Zambia to South Luangwa and there are a lot of pictures in the photos section of my blog from our game drives of some pretty cool animals, so you can check that out if you are interested in my photos!)