March 6, 2010

jewel worn on the face

Today we had the youth program - which was fantastic, till about 3:30 when my head started to get a headache again. The past couple weeks I have had a problem with headaches. I wasnt too pleased to have to go home and get into bed. I woke up for a glass of water - then was about to go back to snooze, when I came to the sudden realization that I had the power to get out of bed and get better. I didnt have to sleep and be upset with my situation. I could make the most of it.

I started to journal a bit - and started writing down things that I was thankful for. I think this is such an important thing to do. When we become discouraged and stressed or questioning why we are in a certain situation - its a blessing to know what we have and truly how fortunate we are.
I was thinking about the power of smiles. Smiling is fantastic isnt it? Someone once told me that it takes 14 muscles to smile and something like 42 to frown. Its one thing that everyone can understand, even babies. A simple smile can change your mood from flat to ecstatic. I started to think "I feel like bogus and I want to sleep right now...but maybe I should just smile"

So I did just that. I sat on my bed, thinking that if anyone walked in - I would look like the biggest nut case, and I just smiled. For about 3 minutes, I gave big smiles, small smiles, laughs, funny faces that ended in smiles, and I felt so much better. My head still hurt - but I chose to not let it take over how I was feeling. Despite your circumstance, remember to always smile. It truly is contagious - and the best thing ever!



  1. THat is such an adorable picture! Hope you are having a blast!

  2. You really do know how to brighten up someone's day.

  3. This definitely made me smile, even though I'm all bleary-eyed from just waking up. You're such a lovely, Kate Maggie. :)

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  4. oh Kate, I love your optimism, you are truly a joyful soul. How inspiring.

  5. Aw! This is such a sweet post Kate Maggie, keep it up! :D

  6. I love this post! That photo is too sweet!!

  7. You sound like a self-help book. Good advice, Kate! You and your wisdom... Precious! Pinch, punch, cap'n crunch


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