A Man in the Making.


from July 2014

Song Bird Songs


Two big puppy dog eyes, too innocent for a nine year old, shine out above an over sized smile, topping arms and legs like a gangling colt. He seems all eyes and smile balanced precariously on winnowy stilts, never still for a moment. He’s growing up now, character forming, his questions get deeper as he gets longer.
I asked him why he pays such exaggerated compliments to the middle aged crossing lady, saying she looks more beautiful every day etc. He pondered seriously for a moment then said he likes to make people happy, it made him feel good.
The lolly-pop lady is not the only one, every day he leaves a trail of smiles behind as we wend our way to school and back, every dog must be complimented, every baby admired, every child waved to. He sees the whole world as friends or potential friends. He sees things…

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Those “little things”



(Pic. from lunarbaboon)

I’m often amazed at how those “little things” can affect us, the encouragement that lifts our spirits when we are about to quit, the kind words from a stranger that make our day etc.

I used to sometimes help on charity collections for various causes. I’m not good at that kind of stuff (quite shy and introverted). The only thing that worked for me was to just try to make as many folks smile as possible (regardless of contributions). I soon found myself interacting with all kinds of people and was amazed what nice folks there were around.I also found what a difference a few kind words could make to lift someones day.  I even had one guy come back to tell me that he’d been on his way to commit suicide but after talking with me for a while had decided instead to give give his life to some good cause to “make a difference”.

Truly we never know what a smile and a few words may accomplish. I’ve tried since that time to overcome my shyness and leave a trail of smiles behind wherever I go. I don’t always manage it as well as some “naturals” but it feels good when I try.