Tick tock the time is fast moving on and we in the UK begin a holiday weekend – the last break before Christmas.  Smile or frown?  Since I don’t face the prospect of returning to work on Tuesday next, I’ll just keep smiling through as Vera Lynn used to sing.  The topic today, chosen by me is:


A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. No one is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and no one is so poor that he cannot give it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, and is the cornerstone of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. When people are too tired to give you a smile, give them one of yours. No one needs a smile so much as he who has none to give. – Author unknown to me.

A girl wearing face paint at the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, in Watford, north of London, August 21, during an open day for pilgrims to celebrate ‘Janmashtami’ – the birth of Lord Krishna.      (FacundoArrizabalaga/AFP/Getty Images)

What a wonderful face, the smile began in the eyes.  I bet if you look at it for a few moments you will come away smiling.

Nat King Cole – Smile

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just

It works.  I tried it.


Now it is time for you to visit Anu, Ashok, Conrad, Delirious, gaelikaa, Magpie 11, Noor, Padmini, Ramana, Rohit, The Silver Fox Whispers, The Student Diaries, Will ,Nema, Paul &Plain Joe and check out their smiles.

13 thoughts on “Smile

  1. Nancy


    There is a very beautiful story connected to the song “SMILE”

    The Russian pairs ice skating team of Sergei Grinkov and Ekaterina Gordeeva were World champions and the most beautiful pair who had ever skated in some people’s opinions.

    When they came to America to train and skate they were befriended by American skater Scott Hamilton, who helped them with language and customs. They became great friends.

    When Sergei suddenly died at a practice session one day,it was Scott who helped Katerina through her sorrow and convinced her that she could skate alone.

    After a few years she was skating solo and was participating in all skating events.

    Then Scott Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer and was not able to skate himself during all of his treatments.

    At one exhibition when Scott was not able to skate Katerina came out on the ice in a beautiful skating costume and the music began to play “Smile”. When the cameras turned to Scott in the audience there was not a dry eye in the house.

    It was very touching how those two helped each other through the most difficult times in their lives.

    You brought this pleasant memory back to me today when you printed the lyrics of that beautiful song.

  2. wisewebwoman

    Isn’t that written by Charlie Chaplin? I am having poor interwebz service today so can’t check on it.
    And I am the lone wolf here today as I never did like:
    “Smile though your heart is breaking.”
    Oh Denial, she be a sorry thing indeed.

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Delirious – I am pleased to add another smile to your birthday!

    WWW – You may well be correct about the quotation. I must check further when I get a moment.

  4. Maria

    Did you know that Charlie Chaplin wrote the music to Smile and it was used as an instrumental theme for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times? John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. I was born in ’36 and graduated from high school in ’54. No wonder this song haunts me!!!!

  5. speccy

    I love that song, despite/because of the sadness.

    www- I think that line is about just trying to make it through. It was actually the last words my aunt and my mother spoke, knowing that they wouldn’t see each other again- they were acknowledging each other’s pain, but wishing each other well with what was to come. My cousin and I were the nervous wrecks 😉

  6. Grannymar Post author

    Maria – Now you are teaching me something that I did not know! 😀

    speccy – I think you are right about the sadness. We all go through dark passages in life, so why make others suffer by frowning at them, when a smile uses less energy and muscle power. Hopefully our smiles brighten the day for all who see them.

  7. blackwatertown

    Lovely photo of the Watford girl.
    Just thought of another reason to smile – at yourself – every time before you leave the hosue – not for a confidence booster, but to check you haven’t got green persto (or whatever you munch) stuck in your teeth.


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