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Smile and Say Something Nice — 22 Comments

  1. What an incredible compliment: “Every time you smile I feel courageous.” I’m glad you’re getting your smile back. The world needs it. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, Karon,
    This reminds me how my mother used to remind me to say “Thank you for a nice time,” to my girlfriend’s mother whenever I left their home. Now I realize how much appreciated thanks are, even when “canned.” It’s rare to meet a thankful person. So glad you shared today. I’d love to see your smile greeting me anywhere!

  3. Smiles are definitely a warmth of friendliness in a very cold world. Smiles keep away frowns n chases the stresses of life away.

    Smiles light up any room you enter and draws people to you.

  4. My experience is a lot like yours! I am sure I have mentioned this before but when a lady at church commented on how much she liked my smile I whispered to her: ” It improves your face value”! ( not original).
    When one lady told me I was her inspiration I asked her “why” ? of course I was smiling at her. She looked at me for a moment and said: ” I don’t know! All I know is regardless of how I feel, when I see you I feel better.” WOW ! Talk about a surprise answer? Sure made me feel humble and wonder if it could be my smile?!? We never know and a smile does not cost us one penny! Thanks for sharing this, Karen, and I think your mother was a wise lady and she sure has a beautiful daughter “named Karen” !
    Blessings with love, Margaret

    • Thank you for your darling story, Margaret. It seems you each ‘made’ the other’s day with your mutual admiration comments.

  5. What a lovely post, Karen. And you do have an engaging, uplifting smile. It’s not always easy to offer it when our hearts are grieving. It sounds like your heart is healing, and that is very good news. =)

  6. I loved today’s post! I would just like to add that many of we ‘more seasoned’ mortals begin to feel a bit invisible when out in the general public. I always challenge myself to give a warm smile to one of my golden age sisters when I walk by them. To see their face and eyes light up and return the smile is like a ‘two-for-one’ special. My step always feels a bit lighter as I walk away, basking in their gift back. Try it for yourself!

    • This is wonderful, Andy. Thank you for encouraging all of us to smile at others so we can enjoy a ‘two-for-one’ special as you have.

  7. I love seeing a photo of you when you were five! So cute!!! Yes, I notice a warm smile surprises people and lifts their day. There’s so much sadness and hurt in our world that a little kindness goes a long way!

    • So true, Sherry. A smile and a bit of kindness and understanding are gifts that cost us nothing but provide so much for others.

  8. Karen, we got preached to Sunday by our pastor about telling people our troubles when they ask us how we are. They may be spiritually low and when we tell them our troubles they feel lower rather than lifted up. personally, I took notice of his advice and vow to be uplifting from now on. However, I am always careful to be upbeat when at the Nursing Home and it helps the residents there to feel better. But sometimes they give me compliments and make me feel good. You were cute in that picture. I can tell you had a good upbringing, Karen.

    • Thank you, Mary. I really enjoyed hearing what your pastor had to say about sharing our troubles with others. Sometimes it simply adds to their burden and to ours too. It was so nice of you to compliment me on my childhood picture. That day was such a long time ago. These two women, my mom and my Aunt Madeline, have been gone for years. I still miss them both.

  9. Hello Karen, I want to tell you how much I have enjoyed your new book My Senior Moments have gone High-Tech! What an awesome insight to the frustration of all these high tech changes we seniors have to go through, we can totally relate to the wonderful true stories that are in this gem of a book! I’ve come to the conclusion that my grandkids think I’m so totally ingnorate when comes to my I Pad and other gadgets I have, because when something goes array, their like, “Mamaw I just checked it out and nothing’s wrong”…. silent inward scream…lol God gives us the patients to thank them anyway and give them a hug. Again we appreciate your books so much I know God is in control of your writing may He continue blessing you with more grace, and good health! With love, Walter, and Cathy hopper

    • Cathy, you are such a sweet friend, always supporting me–and my writing! So happy you enjoyed the book. Grandkids have become my ‘tech team’ too. This younger generation has the savvy we need because for them it all comes naturally. Have you seen the cute commercial on TV where two grandchildren show up at Grandma and Grandpa’s door? The older folks welcome the younger ones by handing them their laptops and telling them they simply don’t work. Pretty cute and very true.

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