Nobody remembers the specifics of my entrance into the world, much like they don’t recall how I got my nickname, but they do remember that I was abundantly happy at an age when babies do nothing more than cry and sleep. I was not the baby who would play strange and scream if a stranger picked me up, there was no colic, no fuss, just smiles. My mother used to wake me up at 11:00 at night just so she could play with me because I was such a happy toddler. Her friends thought she was certifiable until she invited them over to prove a point. I became a real hit at parties!
(not actually me, but the resemblance is uncanny)
I am fortunate to have carried that disposition with me throughout my life. I am rarely in a bad mood. And although my mother doesn’t come over at 11:00 pm to play with me anymore, I wake up in the morning, smiling and just, happy.
I am the person in the room that will make a ridiculous statement so I can make even one person smile. On the curling ice, I’m the comedian who invented full-contact curling. I don’t use it very often, but the thought of me turning into a Defensive Tackle on the ice amuses people and makes the game more fun. One of my teammates told me he didn’t think I have an angry bone in my body. (He hasn’t seen me dealing with an aggressive hotel guest hell-bent on proving they are right, when, against the premise of the rules of customer service, I vehemently disagree.)
I am lucky that I am able to find the joy in the small things in my life. Music lifts my spirit – when I am alone, I sing like I’m on stage, I dance in my kitchen just because it’s fun and I am content to just feel light and joyous. Even writing this post, I am smiling because I am still able to not dwell on the negative and appreciate the precious things in my life.
Smile and the world really does smile with you.