Respected teachers and my dear friends,
Good morning to one and all.
What is more beautiful than a blooming flower; what is more charming than a lovely sunset? I hope you guessed it right—yes, it is your smile!
A smile is not just an expression of your joy; but it also helps spread happiness. In that sense, if you smile well you are making this world a better place to live in. Imagine, if all the people you met each day would smile. How great would be the sense of happiness it brings to all!
A smile, it is said, is of no use unless it is given away. It may just take a few seconds for you to gift a smile to someone. But the memory of that smile, the cheer and hope it might have given to that person would last a lifetime. Indeed, the richest man or woman in this world is poor if he or she cannot gift a smile!
A smile easily builds relationships. You make strangers your friends through a smile for it is the first step in building a relationship. A smile also gives your personality great attractiveness. All the big celebrities make sure that they appear before people with a winning smile.
At the same time, it is a joy to watch an innocent new-born baby smile. That is life at its beginning; ready to move on. It is again a joy to watch the smile on the wrinkled face of an old man or woman. It shows that they look back at life with the satisfaction of having run their race well.
A smile is also very critical in helping you becoming a good communicator. This is because people accept a message coming from a person who appears pleasing on stage more than from a person who speaks in a very serious tone all the time.
Above all, you should always remember that smile is God’s unique gift to human beings. Since man was created in the image and likeness of God, the ability to smile is a God-given gift to us. Like all other gifts God has given us, we should make good use of this gift.
Sadly, so many people simply forget to smile as they worry too much about what is going to happen tomorrow. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him [God], for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). It is this sure knowledge that God cares for you that will help you smile even in difficult times.
Therefore smile. Thus spread joy all around. And find the whole world smile back at you!
We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
“I had always thought that the laughter of the little children in an empty cathedral was the most beautiful of all hymns of praise.” –Corrie ten Boom
Featured image: Daniela B. Peter and Stefan B. Peter.