Day 9: Spreading Sunshine

Reflections by Jacquelyne Rocan

Did I keep a smile on my face today?

It is hard to keep smiling when I have a lot on my mind.  Between issues with family, friends, work, other activities, finances, and devastating events in the world, it can be hard to keep smiling.  I forget, though, the impact of a smile on my face for others and how it can help bring peace and joy to my inner turmoil as well.  

During a trip last fall, I ran into a huge snag when a delayed flight led to me missing a connection and losing a day on a vacation that I had been looking forward to for a long time.  I was so frustrated with the delay.  After a night in an airport hotel, I headed back to the airport the next morning and got in a line to inquire about the status of my checked bag and rebooked flight.  As I approached the counter, the staff member looked up from her computer and asked, with a big smile on her face, “How can I help you?”  This brought a smile to my face and calmed me down as I related what occurred.  Within 30 minutes, this very helpful staff member had my situation sorted out and I was on my way.

What a difference a smile can make.  It can calm down a situation, offer light in dark circumstances, and simply show that someone is offering welcome and help to the person in front of them.  It allows me to allow God’s light to shine through me to my family, friends, neighbors, and bring some joy and peace to them.  Even in trying circumstances, I try to remember to smile and offer kindness to the people that God has placed in my path. Spreading a little sunshine to their day.

How did I offer God’s love and joy to others with a smile on my face?

Thank you, Lord, for giving me the opportunity to share Your love and blessings with my family and friends.  I pray for the strength to keep a smile on my face, even when I may not feel like smiling.  Authentically Yours

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