Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love

Mother Teresa said the quote above in the subject of this post.   I was watching the movie Gatsby last night and a quote from the movie made me think of this topic on smiling and how it can affect those we come across.  How often do you think about your smile and how it can affect those around you?

Ancestor Smile

My Great Grandparents

His smile was one of those rare smiles that you come across four or five times in life. It seemed to understand you and believe in you just as you would like to be understood and believed in. -Gatsby Movie.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could smile like that to everyone we came across. How would your smile affect those around you?  To have a genuine smile to give to others.

Mom and Dad Smile

My Parents

In the classic novel The Great Gatsby, the author Fitzgerald takes a whole paragraph to describe this smile that Gatsby had, whereas the movie quote was one sentance.

He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.


Mom Smile

My Mom

If we  could provide this type of genuine, life affecting smile, even just on occasion we would make a tremendous impact to others.   What can you do to show this type of smile?



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