I was walking along the street in a small beach resort in Kerala, the south of India, and I noticed a man standing on one leg (he only had one leg). He was holding a large cluster of balloons for sale.
He shouted out to me “hey, I remember you, you were here last February!” That was true, but a year had passed and I was so shocked that he remembered, that I was stopped in my tracks.
I went up to him and asked “How do you remember me?” His reply humbled me to the very core. He said…”I remember you because every time you walked by you would smile at me”.
Here I was traipsing around the world (on two legs) and here he was limited to a tiny spot and probably had never left this village.
The lesson is in the ‘smile’ and how much they can mean to those with whom you share them.
How do you feel when someone smiles at you? Just smiles, without any discernible motive, just simply smiles – offering you the gifts of affection and recognition? You feel warm and for that brief moment, you feel ‘noticed’.
How do you feel when you smile at someone? A smile shows for a split second that you care, you share and you acknowledge. It makes you feel happy too….doesn’t it?
‘A smile costs nothing’ and is of particular value when you know that the person you are directing your smile to – needs it so very badly. The more desolate a being seems, the more potent and valuable the gift.
Leave a trail of smiles behind throughout your life. Smile inwardly and smile outwardly. Smile every day for no particular reason. Who knows, your smiles may become contagious. One by one these smiles may be passed on and soon we shall all be smiling.
A smile costs nothing, but it creates much.
It enriches those who receive
without impoverishing those who give.
It happens in a flash,
and the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None are so rich that they can get along without it,
and none are so poor but are richer for a smile.
It creates happiness in the home,
fosters goodwill in a business,
and is the countersign of friends.
It is rest to the weary,
daylight to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and nature’s best antidote for trouble.
It cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen,
for it is something that is no earthly good to anybody
‘til it is given away.
And if it ever happens
that some people should be too tired to give you a smile,
why not leave one of yours?
For nobody needs a smile so much
as those who have none left to give.
by Author Unknown