French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
When I see a door, I hear a No!
No entry, no trespassing, watch out for the dogs!
Some people are like doors : They are closed, they don’t smile, they are so locked that I feel like running away from them, in case they would turn into real bad dogs. I see many of them when I travel back home, in Paris. It shocks me because in the Philippines I hardly see any of them. Smiling is like a religion here, and even so called closed doors usually don’t have lockers. You could actually open this door, if you feel like it. Knock, or call, and wear the appropriate looks: a big smile!
Obviously it always works easier with children. Probably because they know better, they haven’t forgotten how natural it is to make people smile. But with a very little bit of practice, we all can do it again, and the results are so worth it. Do you remember how you felt last time someone made you smile?
How about starting the day by being the reason someone smiles today?
Forget the closed door or the discouraging sign. Just smile to the next person you ll meet today, the grumpy neighbour, the old man sitting beside you in the bus, the cashier ..and see how it has the power to melt any locker. Behind the door, chances are you’ ll find a glimpse of a beautiful garden 😉
(In response to Thursday Doors, the photo challenge hosted by Norm 2.0 )
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