Just like the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, who waits patiently on a branch high up in a tree for an unsuspecting passerby — “Some go this way…Some go that way” — I, too, am grinning from ear to ear, but not in a mischievous way.
Because of A Word in Your Ear’s latest A Word-a-Week Photo Challenge. And, it’s a good one.
Shall we get this “tea party” started?
Singlehandedly, the smile lights up the world as it conveys to our fellow human beings a sense of compassion and understanding, and very well may be the cornerstone of social interaction. It’s as if the smile is Forest Gump encouraging the planet, from his spot on the bus stop bench, to go on and “have a nice day.”
Regardless of language barriers, this singular facial expression can do more in an instant than days, months or even years seated around a United Nations (UN) peace negotiations table — much less a bus stop bench — to present a friendly, warm and sincere means of communication throughout the world.
As the late American comedienne Phyllis Diller once said, “A smile is a curve that has set everything straight.” Come on Ban Ki-moon — Secretary-General of the UN — smile and the whole world will smile with you.
Smiles come in all shapes and sizes, are mostly spontaneous, but sometimes artificially applied.
The laundry list of adjectives to describe the varied types of smiles includes, but is not limited to: sociable, happy, amusing, winning, shy, sunshiny, sincere, seductive, sarcastic, sinister, sweet, welcoming, winsome, carefree, disarming, happy-go-lucky, dazzling, lovely, friendly, devilish, disarming, beaming, glowing, incandescent, and like our buddy the Cheshire Cat, mischevious.
We even text with a smile — :=) 🙂 :o) :] :3 :c) :=] 8) =) :} :^) :っ) LOL and LMAO — or, drop in an emoticon 🙂 to tell the recipient, “Don’t worry, be happy.
When we smile, we’re actually reacting in a positive way to someone or some thing. Whether it’s a moment in time, an event, a joke, a scene from a movie or TV program, or even the food on your plate (pizza) or in your hand (ice cream), or the liquid in your drink, your sensors are triggered and out pops a smile that you just can’t suppress.
The smile — the curve that sets everything straight — is the (Cheshire) cat’s meow.
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