too often

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


This makes my heart ache a little because it is so true. How many times to we get so wrapped up in our own lives that we neglect all of these things, these simple, small things, that have enough power in each one of them to make the amazing difference of helping someone find their path again?

This is why I’m praying that God will make me more conscious and more aware of each one of these things in my life. If this is all that I ever have the chance to do, I will feel that my life was not in vain.

what sunshine is to flowers


I love smiles.

When I fell in love with Scott, one thing I fell in love with was his beautiful smile. When I am out and about, I look for people who have faces that smile. When I am feeling a little stressed, or a little sad, a smile can go a long ways to making me feel better. I think I smile often, but when you think about the power of something so small as a smile, I’ve been realizing that I just don’t smile near enough.

One of my goals in 2012 is to smile more.  I want to make the most of the little abilities and little opportunities that I’ve been given. I may not have a big voice that can be heard by many. I may not have a strong enough pen to write words that will inspire the world to find more beauty. But I can smile. And I believe, as small as a smile may be, that we may never know the end of the journey of a single smile.

In the next few weeks and months, I think I’ll start sharing some of the quotes and poems in my collection of smiles. I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.

even on bleak days…

there is always something beautiful.




“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

~ Ashley Smith