75 Questions: Day 62

When the questions began, 75  days ago, which then was the exact number of days before the opening of a new year 2017, according to the Gregorian calendar. The countdown began and now there are 13 days until New Year (Monday – Sunday). As is customary, the remaining blog postings will ask you just one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, it may be the catalyst for indelible change, or it may even tickle you. Each question could open a truth pathway to stronger compassion.

The intent of all 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free, to face the fear, or liberate you by confirming what you already know for sure. You are only asked to respond each day with a thoughtful answer to the question.

Each question, ultimately, is to give you the intimate space to recover how to love yourself which by compassion omnipresence expands and then allows you to love and share empathy for others.

These 75 question can precipitate change. The question is to be a inquiry into pathways of inner change that leaves you feeling more safe, in control, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. board-142741_640Smile, loosen up, make it a bright day.

When these amazing emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Question  62: How many smiles will you give away today?

Happiness Heals Hearts

Daniel Skye has it right.  He just wants you to smile.

Happiness is about smiling, making your life better.  Happiness heals hearts.  When you are happy, your heart beats stronger and you have a little more pep in your step. You want to twirl, skip and share your smile.

Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, a renowned dentist, wrote this excerpt from a post for Dr. Oz:

“The smile is the window to the soul; it puts us at ease when we see people smile. Freely offered, no means of expression has the ability to make a complete stranger feel better or more compelled to return the favor. Smiles know no language barriers, no demarcations of race, gender, or class. It’s the one thing that is truly universal among humans. In any social interaction, professional or personal, people will intuitively gravitate towards those of us who smile.”

It’s true. Happiness portrayed  through a smile makes you feel better and by its intrinsic nature makes others feel better too.  In turn, your heart heals.  A happy life and a healthy heart go hand-in-hand.


Practice smiling this week, starting today.

Smile while you walk. Smile at work. Smile during dinner. Smile at school. Smile as you talk. Smile when you explore.  Smile at the market. Smile as you dance. Smile while you garden. Smile because you want to.

How do you feel when you smile?

Tell us your all about your smile experiences. What reaction do you get? Post how you felt when you smiled. Go out and smile.  Smile happy. Smile, heal your heart. Smile.


Smile from the heart



Monday Miracle: BFF Yourself

Today, give yourself a HUGE hug.

BFF yourself, be your own best friend.  Often our altruism is directed outward towards others which leads you to forget to show the same kindness, happiness, joy to yourself. In order to balance your inner growth, you need to be your own best friend too. Take a moment to smile deep within in a knowing special way just for you. Then, allow your eyes to sparkle and feel that sparkle all the way to your toes. Next, inhale a deep breath of joy and feel the elixir flow through your nose into your lungs and let it coerce to every cell in your body. When you do, you are illuminating the whole earth.


Each inner kindness you show to yourself as your own BFF, alters the atmosphere of the earth and moves humankind to a circle of unity. The one hug, smile or breath of joy and happiness that you share with yourself and others today will be a part of the ring of hope that miraculously heals the world.

I hug you too.

Send me a note telling me what you did today to BFF yourself.

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Aimee Copeland: I Love Life

Aimee Copeland

The homemade poster that Aimee holds says it all

Aimee Copeland, the young woman from Snellville, Georgia, who lost her hands, both feet and her entire right leg to flesh-eating bacteria last spring, embraced life and sent a powerful message of indomitable strength when she walked using a walker for the first time in front of millions on the Katie Couric show.

Tears flowed throughout the audience, but not from Aimee as she beamed and walked with a steady determination toward Couric. During her interview on the show, she talked with vigor about living and about her dreams for the future as an amputee saying “I love life. It’s a beautiful thing… even more so now.”

“My senses are so deepened,” she said. “Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful.” Everything sparkles, like her eyes, in her new world. Copeland, 24, cut open her right leg falling from a zip line near the Tallapoosa River amazingly only four months ago. She has come so far; her spirits and determination to live has soared.

America loves Aimee, the world loves Aimee and she loves life. Home builders in Georgia built a complete annex onto her parent’s home for her that has everything she needs to grow her independence and Katie surprised Aimee with a new van, donated by a Georgia Chevrolet dealer, that will get her further down the road of life. She is amazing, her outlook is amazing. Her smile and her spirit is amazing.

Don’t call Aimee “disabled.” She is learning to use her “nubs” instead of adaptive equipment, attested by the medical staff at The Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.

She said what she has eclipses what she lost last spring.