When is the last time you smiled at someone for no apparent reason? When was the last time you met someone new and accompanied your hestitant greeting with a smile? In Todays World the power of a smile has been forgotten and has been replaced with this notion that being mean to your fellow man is the way to go. Maybe its the "eat of be eaten" concept that has driven people to be such horrible people.
We are more likely to step on someones face to get ahead in our individualistic society than bless someone with a smile.We as a society only care about our own well being and the well being of our interests. Everything is "I, I, I" and we dont care if our success is at the expense of others. Now you may wonder in what world do I live in or whether I come from a strange planet where the streets are paved in gold and people actually give a damn about others......but strangely enough I live in the real world. In a real world dominated by a individuals who believe that they reside on islands disconnected from the rest of the world, and this gives them the false belief that they dont have to worry about the feelings or wellbeings of others.
A smile is not only limited to the contraction of facial muscles producing an up turn at the ends of out lips, occassionaly causing ones teeth to be exposed. A smile can be a symbol for greeting your fellow human (Something lacking in the Muslim community), a smile can accompany a good gesture, helping an old women cross the road, letting someone cut in on the road,etc. A smile is not only limited to our own happiness but to the happiness of others.We should smile but we should also cause others to smile. The smallest gestures can cause the biggest responses. So if you cant smile than atleast help.
I dont know why it is so hard for people to accomodate others or just to smile. It doesnt cost anything to be nice to someone else. It doesnt cost anything to think of others for a mere millisecond out of the hours of our existence which is mostly spent in tasks which derive no benefit. I believe that the environment you are in dictates your emotional responses to others so lets try change out environments from one that is negative to one that is positive.
Try it...Just smile at someone in any manner, whether it be through a small gesture or taking time out to help those less fortunate. Its contagious.
The Lone Writer