Those people who always smile....you know who they are. Everywhere you see them, they are smiling. And they have a smile that is as radient as the sun. Being with them means laughter and happiness.
How do they do it? In the widespread adversity of today, how does one wake up each day with a smile on their face? Of course, I don't live with these people....but one can only imagine that they do that. Even on days full of grief, days that get the normal person down...days that can bring one to their knees....they seem to be able to find a way to smile...to carry on and only see the good. They don't seem to have time to dwell on the pain of life...but only to shine along with the beauty.
So how do they do it? Some may say faith...and I'm sure they've hit something there...but.... I know others with very deep faith that do not always have a smile on their face. It's not the specific religion...these positive people come from all faiths.... Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant.... I'm sure their trust in our Lord does have the answer....but why not everyone? What do these people know that the rest of us don't? What have they experienced that we haven't? What have they learned that the rest of us still need to learn?
I am amazed by them. I am awed by them. I am humbled by them.
It inspires me.
Is it gratitude? Are they able to do what I have been trying to do? Are they able to look hardship in the face and still see the good behind it? Are they able to wake and instantly think of all that is good rather than all the difficulties they need to face that day? Are they able to look at a rainstorm and see the rainbow to follow before it even hints at a glimmer in the cloudy sky? Is that what the rest of us are lacking? Are we too focused on our own sinful selves that we forget to look for the glory?
Just some thoughts on this cold autumn day.....filled with drafts, grey clouds, pain, grief, and the beautiful colors that drape across the mountains surrounding me.