Life is hard. Most days the last thing we want to do is put on our happy pants and face the world. I used to think I needed to express to everyone I encountered exactly how I was feeling or I wasn’t “being real”. This might be true, sometimes when I smile it isn’t real. But what I am learning is that not everyone needs to know or can even handle what is really going on in my life.
I am participating in a Bible study right now by Beth Moore, titled Sacred Secrets. In her study she tells us that in regards to our life stories we should be “Authentic with most, Transparent with some, Intimate with few.” This really hit home for me because I have always thought the most authentic people were the ones that laid it all out there, all the time. She is changing my heart on this subject.
I am beginning to realize that if I am truly being authentic I am just being me. If am being me that means that even if I am having a rough day I am still capable of smiling. I’m a smiler, what can I say. Not every person wants or needs to know about my troubles, but I bet almost every person I encounter could benefit from a smile.
I have also learned that smiling is healing. If things aren’t going they way you had planned (which often they don’t), find something to smile about, it will change your whole perspective.
Studies have shown that the act of smiling causes happiness. I won’t bore you with all the facts…but seriously Google it.
So I challenge you to day. Even if it hurts, find freedom in a smile.