Monday, October 09, 2006

Smile Power

"And work with a smile on your face. . ." Ephesians 6:7a (MSG)

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

It's difficult to stand in front of a group of people and speak. On the list of fears, it's near the top. I belong to a Toastmasters group and watch many work to overcome that fear.

One of our group has the most contagious smile. Whenever she is called on to speak, before she says the first word, she smiles. That does two things for her. First it helps to calm her nerves--gives her confidence. Second, there is hardly a person in the group that could resist smiling back. Before she has even begun, people are feeling a connection to her just because of her smile.

There is such power in a smile. It breaks down barriers, calms anxiety, encourages without a word. Have you smiled today?

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