Hope Sparks A Smile

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.


When I created a challenge to smile more often, and invited you to participate with me, I didn’t expect to be opening more than my mouth. But I discovered that whenever I set out to improve, I am opening myself to change more than just a habit on the surface.

As I first reported, for the first few days of smiling more often, my children said, “You are creeping us out.”

I smiled because I was trying to smile. Obviously, they could tell it wasn’t wholly genuine, yet. I could feel that, too, when I gritted my teeth through a grin during a disagreeable situation.

When I am in the beginning stage of change, I often try too hard. I have been known to try to make change happen, instead of letting change happen.

Even so, I actively committed to smiling genuinely from the inside out. As Minna said, sometimes we have to “fake it until (we) get it right.” Usually, the desire to get it right does win out.

It did for me. By the third or fourth day, I recognized that a genuine smile is not generated by circumstances, it is generated by genuine hope. This is not the hope in which we wish for our circumstances to be worthy of a smile. It is hope that we can look forward with a confidence.

And so, I continue to smile with hope and encourage you to Try It With Me!

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Have you chosen and began reading a biography for the March Reading Challenge? Some have asked for suggestions. Do you have any to offer? Leave a comment and tell me what biographies you would suggest.

I am reading A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation by Catherine Allgor.

Here’s what some others have chosen or suggested:

The Story of My Life by Hellen Keller

The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan

Other people to consider: Clara Barton (the founder of the American Red Cross), Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin.

Everyone has a story, and that makes biography inspiring. Do you want to try it with me?

Join in by trying the challenges with me, commenting, linking, or suggesting a challenge. If you want to write a post on your blog about what happened when you took the challenge, I will publish your link. Just link to my website in your post and send me your link.

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1 Comment

  1. Minna Dyer
    Mar 13, 2008

    I haven’t gotten around to it yet (people keep giving me books to read), but I was thinking of reading a biography on Mother Teresa.

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