There’s smiling with a grin.
There’s smiling with your eyes.
Last year, the Assistant Conductor of the choir I sing in often reminded us of this. She used the word ‘smize-ing’ and encouraged us to find the inner joy for it.
Do you know what I mean? Sometimes, there are smiles that are so genuine and joyful that the skin just beyond corners of our eyes makes little wrinkles to accompany our grin. That’s smize-ing — smiling with our eyes.
Has anyone or anything made you so joyful lately that you’ve found yourself smize-ing?
-Did something make you laugh hard?
-Did someone say something dear and meaningful?
-Did you have a deep experience of gratitude?
Have you noticed someone else’s smize-ing? Has someone looked at you lately, rejoicing in you with a big ol’ smize gazing back in your direction? I hope so. You’re worth all the smize-ing!
We need more of this in all our days.