Give a smile or steal a smile

You have probably noticed by now that at the end of every post I say, “Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.” There is a reason for that. Every day we have an option to either be the person that gets to make others smile during the day or we are the person that lets the world around us steal that smile from us. Morning to night brings many opportunities to go either way and what we choose often sets the stage for the next day, or even future days to come.

In the past, I was always one of those persons that was deeply affected by the people around me and their moods. I could start off a day in a perfectly happy mood with all the optimism in the world, only to be brought down to the depths of despair by those that I allowed to affect me. It was almost as if I was a sponge that absorbed the environment that I happened to be in, no matter how much I resisted it. I let the world change my smile simply because I did not know how to counter it.

As I moved through life, I had the opportunity to experience life and cultures in many different places. Some cultures were happier, some not so happy. As I started to evaluate those cultures I happened to be in at the moment, I soon realized that there were many who were able to choose and maintain their moods rather than let those around them influence how they were going to feel. The more I observed, the more I started to realize that I had that same power, I just either did not realize it or had not learned that I had that capability.

Obviously things are going to happen to us throughout the day that are going to temporarily affect how we feel. How long that temporary moment lasts is totally up to us as we have the ultimate control. As you go through your day today, will you be that person that let’s your smile change the world, or will you be the person that let’s the world take that smile from you. The decision really is yours and for you I hope it is the former.

Have a great day and remember to be the reason someone smiles.

Ron

Mornings with Ron is now available as a podcast at anchor.fm/morningswithron or on iHeartRadio, Apple or Google Podcast, Spotify for most podcast sites.

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