I’m a huge supporter of locally grown produce, and even belong to a CSA (crop share association). With so much food coming in each week, I’ve learned the domestic art of food preservation, like canning and dehydrating. My mom’s favorite vegetable is green beans. I know, not my favorite either, but she loves them. And I love showing up each Thanksgiving with an arm full of fresh-from-the-farm (canned in my kitchen) green beans. Walking up to the front door, seeing her standing there with a huge smile on her face melts me into a pool of goo.
This reminds me of the quote by (EK), “ I love when you look at someone with a smile on your face and they break into a smile back at you, not because they know why you’re smiling, but because you’re happy and that’s enough to make them happy.” When I show up at mom’s for Thanksgiving dinner I feel happy because I’m grateful to be there, I’ve made something she loves, and because I’m excited to see my family (and eat). I show up with a big smile anticipating a fun day full of love and laughter.
If you were to ask my mom why she is smiling, you would expect her to say because of those delicious jars I’m holding in my arms. But, the truth would simply be because of my smile at her. This holiday season, I challenge you to change your thinking. I believe your smile is an outward expression that your brain is connected to your heart. So, you have choices. You can think of the moments that have made you laugh or smile or you can just simply do it (a sort of fake it till you make it approach). Both end with the same goal which is a smile to share with others and yourself.