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Expect and Accept

“Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” – Henri Nouwen

When my mind strays too far ahead or lags behind staring the rear view mirror, I am brought back to the moment by a smile, a reminder to find joy in now.

Many of the best life lessons I’ve learned are from my dogs. How to smile, dance, gaze, enjoy, forget, forgive, be present, rest, play, be welcoming, encouraging and loving without conditions. Perhaps the reason that our dogs live such short lives is that they live each moment fully, without hesitation, assumption or judgment. Nothing is wasted or taken for granted.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” – William Arthur Ward

A warm smile, a simple act, a kind word can change someone’s day, maybe even transform it. We have a tremendous opportunity, obligation, to make the world better by giving our best. Our world expands and deepens when we shift our focus off “me” outward to care and concern for others.

Expect more and accept what is now. Be surprised and delighted today. And get your smile on.

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. I agree about the lessons we learn from our dogs – like waking each morning excited for the day ahead and ready to share their love.

    February 28, 2015
    • Absolutely – they know how to live well. A daily reminder of joy. Thanks.

      February 28, 2015
  2. wonderful to learn
    from experts at smiling
    & living the present moment 🙂

    February 28, 2015
    • I learn more about being human from Lily and Molly. Thanks.

      February 28, 2015
  3. Awesome post! I love to try to make people’s day too! Your dogs smile is adorable! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    March 1, 2015
    • Thanks so much and thanks for the reblog. It’s so easy to make or ruin someone’s day. I hope I always choose to make someone’s day. Have a wonderful day and it will spread.

      March 1, 2015
  4. Reblogged this on blondiesBEARista and commented:
    Awesome post by Cast Light! Wonderful pearls of wisdom to live by

    March 1, 2015
  5. stitchinstein #

    very sweet…thank you.

    March 2, 2015

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