A Smile: The 1st Step for Reaching Out to the Rest of Humanity

Image“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi

I was with a few friends yesterday and encountered an interaction among them, which I’ve been seriously mulling over for the past 24 hours. (Paraphrased, of course)

Friend #1: ‘I’m working on not being sarcastic.’

Friend #2: ‘What’s wrong with sarcasm? Without it, we’d all just be awful people.’

Friend #1: ‘Or we could just be good to one another.’

Friend #2: Silence

I’ve been thinking a lot about this interaction because I have found myself on both ends of this spectrum.

Growing up, I was always the sarcastic one. Those close to me knew I had a good heart, but I never showed it much.

It took a bit of an unintentional intervention towards the end of college, to get me to finally work on my behavior towards others and to finally work on my sarcasm and negative attitude.

“If you see a friend without a smile; give him one of yours.”  -Proverb

Although I adopted this thinking several years ago; presently, despite my never-ending posts on social media, and my general positive intentions towards others; I am still not known as someone who smiles a lot… or even as someone who is particularly warm in person. Continue reading