“For me, every hour is grace. And I feel gratitude in my heart each time I can meet someone and look at his or her smile.” ~Elie Wiesel
I was searching for a quote about smiles. The search led me to the featured quote, which is really more about gratitude. Gratitude for every hour of life. It’s interesting, the quote doesn’t indicate if Wiesel himself smiled in response. I like to imagine he did.
I am feeling grateful for every moment these days. But, I don’t feel much like smiling. The smile of others does bring me closer though!
The search for a smile quote also led me to add Wiesel’s book to my reading list. The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, Day by Elie Wiesel
My reading list keeps growing; I can’t read fast enough to keep up! Here’s a bit about the author:
From Wikipedia: Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel KBE (/ˈɛli viˈzɛl/, Hebrew: אֱלִיעֶזֶר וִיזֶל, ’Ēlí‘ézer Vízēl; September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016) was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He was the author of 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.
Reading the author and book descriptions put me in mind of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. Not exactly smile producing subject matter. But, it does speak to one of the questions that drives my professional life, “why do some people heal (if only in degrees) and find joy after horrendous trauma, but others do not?” Looking forward to finding out what Wiesel thought.
Book description from Amazon: “Night is one of the masterpieces of Holocaust literature. First published in 1958, it is the autobiographical account of an adolescent boy and his father in Auschwitz. Elie Wiesel writes of their battle for survival and of his battle with God for a way to understand the wanton cruelty he witnesses each day. In the short novel Dawn (1960), a young man who has survived World War II and settled in Palestine joins a Jewish underground movement and is commanded to execute a British officer who has been taken hostage. In Day (previously titled The Accident, 1961), Wiesel questions the limits of conscience: Can Holocaust survivors forge a new life despite their memories? Wiesel’s trilogy offers insights on mankind’s attraction to violence and on the temptation of self-destruction.”
On a lighter note, here’s the smile quote I was looking for!
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” ~Yoko Ono
It’s funny how I automatically assumed the ‘big difference’ will be a positive change. I already know smiling releases some feel good chemicals. I like it. I’d like more, please 😉
And smiling is contagious! Just like the “galloping grumps” in Winnie the Pooh’s Oh Bother! Somebody’s Grumpy!, “galloping smiles” are just as contagious. Kids prove that every day.
When was the last time you looked into your own eyes in the mirror and smiled? I don’t mean the looking you do when you apply makeup or pluck those pesky whiskers. Or when you are shaving, or trimming your beard or the wild nose hairs.
I mean, do you ever look into your own eyes and smile?
I am curious about what kind of feeling it brings up for you.
I looked this morning. I had to force the smile. Later, I tried again and it was easier to bring the smile, but I was aware of the weirdness of being self-conscious, with myself! Nobody around, just me alone with the woman looking back in the mirror.
It can be a vulnerable feeling, looking into our own eyes. There’s truth there. Sometimes, it’s truth we don’t want to acknowledge.
I put a sticky note on my mirror. “Look at me and smile.” Freud looks goofy, it’s easy to smile at him! But I meant smile at myself. I meant smile at others.
I guess I needed the reminder because my loved ones need my smile, even when I don’t feel like it.
*Quotes of Wisdom – a Friday at 9am (Pacific Time Zone) series offering Wisdom, Feel Good, Inspirational and Thought-provoking Quotes. Sometimes with links and most likely, with too many thoughts of my own included.
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