Sunday, May 14, 2017

Smiling Lessons from My 99-Year-Old-Mom

Happy Mother's Day.

My mom is 99 years old. I'm grateful that she's still with us. And I'd like to think that I celebrate her every day, not just today.

Even at 99, she continues to teach me. Recently I asked her, "Mom, why are you always smiling?"

And she told me, "I always smile when I'm happy. But I'm not always happy when I smile."

I've spent a lot of time with that Mom Koan since. And it's made me more conscious of how I approach the world. Am I leading with my smile, even when I'm not happy?

If you think about it, our smile is a gift we give to someone else. It's not for our benefit, but for theirs. And what I've noticed is that as I've more mindfully led with my smile, that smile is most often returned. Now it's become a smile transaction or better yet, a smile contagion.

I'm not sure if that was Mom's intent when she passed on this recent lesson, but I do know that whenever I see her, she's smiling. And it makes me smile too.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom, and joy and kindness to all the mothers of the world.

Mom's smile, just one of her many gifts to the world.

Mom and Me.

Her smile makes the sun shine brighter.