A Smile Can Go a Long Way
Smiling is good for our emotional and physical body. And thankfully, smiling sometimes comes easily from the little things in our life– that first cup of coffee, the view out our window, the photograph of a favorite little child, a puppy sleeping in the sunlight.
Today, I want to introduce you to a small joyful character in my life who I started drawing many years ago and who still to this day makes me smile when I see her. Her name is Gigetta, the name my father apparently wanted to give me.
Here’s her bio, which I wrote a few years ago: “Gigetta popped up in my journal one sunny morning. My husband and I were starting a road trip across the United States and she wanted to come along. She’s been with us ever since. Her needs are very simple: fun, travel, cute clothes, and sometines a bag for her artwork and writing. She also has a fondness for caffe lattes and dark chocolate. Her philosophy is simple too:
Be kind and good
Be open to change, especially if it’s from one cute outfit to another.”
She has graced coloring cards, fashion cards, and coloring books based on some of her favorite places–the Monterey Peninsula; Sun Valley, Idaho; Madison, Wisconsin; and Paris; she is currently hankering for a new locale with new adventures. Hmmm.
She also is quite an active creature, so there are glimpses of her playing soccer and tennis, skiing, dancing, walking the labyrinth, cooking, drawing, and of course reading, as she was doing in last week’s post.
How thankful I am that feeling a little joy and smiling because of it can be so easy at times. Something small and simple like Gigetta can do the trick. I hope you, too, have some small pleasures that make you smile.
And to add to the joy-smile mix, Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Seems like a win-win proposition to me! Smile on…