"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

***A Quote From The Velveteen Rabbit


Consider This....! (A CHALLENGE)

ORIGINALLY POSTED:   Monday, April 13, 2009 

A smile a day....

Makes the world a better place....

More often than not, we aren't present to witness the effect, whether positive or negative, we cause with our actions, and even our energy. Moreover, I'd say that, when it comes to ordinary, everyday communication with others, the percentage of us that retain these "normal" interactions in some sort of conscious short term memory bank to reflect upon later is very small. It's easy to go through life just watching your feet as you put one front of the other, and staring at the tv, letting it guide your mind...Never really thinking much.

But that's being irresponsible to yourself, to humanity, to the world. Although we can't expect to experience the outcome of everything we do, nor should we try, there is value in maintaining awareness of the shadow we cast upon the world and the effect it has on everything it shades, influencing other energy, and although indirectly, from there it spreads.

It takes 1 small pebble to create a far spreading ripple in a pond..

Smile at someone for no reason the next time you are walking down the street! See how they react! I have found that when I do this, and over the years I HAVE made somewhat of a study of it, the person I am smiling at looks confused and maybe a bit suspicious for a split second, but when they look into my eyes and see that I'm simply extending to them my greeting, a genuine smile, with no alterior motives, they always smile back. Even the ones that look like it is hard for the to muster up a smile for whatever reason. It's almost as though they have found hope in something so easy, so available, so free.

After you pass each other and have taken a few steps, turn around to watch the person you just smiled at. This is something I began doing after getting the same initial response time and time again, ALMOST EVERYTIME, regardless of circumstance. I found that nearly an equal amount of times, if someone was coming toward the person I had just smiled at, (obviously facing me, as well) when they would reach approximately the same distance from each other as I had initially been with the original smile recipient, the approaching person would suddenly have an amazingly similar reaction as the individual I'd originally met in passing, looking surprised at the person they are meeting then starting to smile.....

And so it begins.....

Do the right thing, do good! Make the world what you want it to be!



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