"Heaven smiles down on those who smile on others. There has never been a more powerful truth that illustrates that heaven on earth is a choice we make; not a place we find. Let us make another person's day start positively by being the first person in it to give them a smile. Let us show them that Friday 13th can be the luckiest of days to smile on one's good fortune; of being alive on a day such as today.
We shall never know all the good a simple smile is capable of doing once we have given it to another; we shall never know how far it may travel in another's day. Perhaps the smile you gave some stranger at 8.80am is the the very same smile returned to you from another at 5.30pm?
I once heard of a young student who was about to commit suicide by throwing himself off the top of Tower Bridge into the Thames. He climbed up the iron sidings and just as he was about to jump, a young woman passed by. The young woman looked into his eyes and believing him to be in the process of performing some university stunt, she simply smiled broadly at him and cheerfully walked on. The young suicide leaper was so taken aback by someone daring to smile at him at the precise moment he intended to take his life, that her very act completely disarmed him long enough for another passer by to grab him and persuade him back to safety.
Every person can, I suppose, occasionally makes themselves hard hearted to the pleas of another, but when a father is faced with the disarming smile of his little girl, he knows that what she wants from him, he must eventually give. I swear that looking at the smile on a child's face makes the child look younger and more appealing.Whenever my daughter Rebecca did something that angered me and demanded chastisement as a child, just as I was about to give her a mouthful she would smile. It was she who was responsible for teaching me that all peace begins easier with a smile.
My advice to every pessimist would be to warn them that every day they spend without wearing a smile is another day lost. As W.C.Fields once said, 'Start every day with a smile and get it over with.'
When I was young, my mother always said, 'Billy, things that make you smile should never be regretted and people who make you laugh, never forgotten. We are all born to smile. You'll find that life is sure worth while if you just smile.' Then she would burst into a Judy Garland song of the day." William Forde: May 13th, 2016.