Welcome to Words that Shine,
Sometimes fortunately or unfortunately things happen in life far beyond our control.
Have you ever felt that you or a loved one has been dealt a raw deal in life? Maybe it is a health issue, or financial, maybe a victim of abuse or robbery or an accident.
What about people’s behaviour such as when people do the complete opposite to what they say they are going to do. I must admit that one really does annoy me – or what about a business failing to order something or return a phone call or email. Attitudes of apathy, deceit and non-accountability are all things that most of us find quite irritating.
However when you put things into perspective, things you find irritating compared with life and death issues are totally opposite ends of the spectrum but even so learning how to deal with them is another issue again.
Let’s pause a moment to reflect on the following questions. What did you feel when faced with a particular unpleasant situation? And what do you feel while reading this now? Give yourself time to think and feel. It maybe anger, frustration, sadness or something else and it is ok to feel these things because not everything in life is happy and nice.
In fact, it is absolutely right to feel what you feel, both then and now – your thoughts and feelings are yours to own, they are totally yours and they are exactly right for you. The question is where do you go from here? You have the choice to stay with those feelings or you can choose to change them.
You can choose to disarm and replace them with uplifting thoughts and feelings with one simple thing. A smile. Yes, a smile that speaks to you from the inside. This smile is personal and special for you to hold and hug. It is yours to own and feel and before long it will shine from you for the world to see. And so your smile gives to you as it gives to others.
A smile received is a smile acknowledged
Below is a poem to help demonstrate looking inside yourself to find the smile. I have also included some photos of things that make me smile – I hope you enjoy them.
I wrote this poem a couple of years ago. One night I had been lying awake in bed feeling sad and I wanted to find good in my life’s lesson and bring it to shine.
My Tear Filled Stars
The silence of the night
Is precious to my soul
The sound of my tears
Is loud in my heart
And one by one they spill
As sequins on black satin
Drawn into the sky above
To wipe the tears from my heart
I reach with outstretched hands
And pluck each star from above
That reflects my hurt and my love
I hold them close to feel their warmth
As they melt back into my heart
I close my eyes in a curtain of sadness
And see the window to my soul
And my spirit inside
Holding close to her heart
All my tears and all my stars
So when you see
My mischievous smile
And the twinkle of delight
In my blue grey eyes
You know they are full
Of tear filled stars
That reflects above all
Love straight from my heart.
© Jenny Horn JLH
I encourage you through the Words that Shine experience to look behind the smile and bring acknowledgement to the gift of the smile.
Living life with passion
(C) Jenny Horn JLH 2014 All rights reserved