Survival Kit

To get through the ups and downs of your journey through this life you need a survival kit. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” This is sound advice for keeping you mindful, but I would like to add these components: Be open to the beauty and grace of nature that is always surrounding you; it’s there even in a busy city. Don’t forget to pack that crazy sense of humor with lots of laughter, and remember to put in a note to never take yourself or life in general too seriously. What about worry? Please leave that thing behind, it just mucks up everything.

It’s always good to remember that you need good listening skills on this journey. It’s just so amazing what you can learn when you close your mouth and open your mind and ears to what other people are saying. Who knows, you just might learn something. Also don’t forget about letting yourself feel great joy and simple happiness; they are both essential ingredients for the long road ahead.

And as you start to wrap up this kit, did you place a note in there with a bit of wisdom as a reminder to always believe in yourself even when others don’t? Do include that you are here for a purpose, and as you’re trying to find what the heck this purpose is all about, know it will always have something to do with showing kindness and love toward every living being.

The truth of the matter is that the road will sometimes be as smooth as glass, but other times extremely bumpy. But take heart, tomorrow will always be better.

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Smile

The simple act of smiling puts you and everyone else at ease. A smile is full of warmth and is contagious too. Why go around with a frown upon your face showing the world all you detest and just don’t want to face? Why let yourself feel so much misery when a simple smile will just erase?

When you put a smile on your face you are telling yourself that no matter what you have to face that no amount of negativity will invade your space. Your whole body will come to attention of that little smile and will work and feel so much better. You will also start to notice all the beauty and goodness that surrounds you, and life will become a bit easier.

When you put a smile on your face your fear disappears, and you feel confident and sincere. Worry disappears too because how on earth can you worry with that glow you have on your face? And anger? Oh, hell, who has time for that when a smile makes you feel so swell.

Smiling draws others to you because they feel protected and accepted in your presence. There’s nothing like knowing and actually seeing how your smile can make everyone around you–even strangers, feel so much better.

I know there will be days where you don’t want to smile at all but believe me, those will be the days you need to smile the most. Just try it and see how much better you will be. So get that frown off your face and even though it might not make the world a safer, happier, or better place, it sure will improve your outlook on life and everyone else who comes into sight.

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

 ~ Thich Nhat Hanh