Wintertime means rather unpleasant temperatures outside, unless you are fortunate to live in California or Florida (in which case, I envy you!). The sunshine is a rare occurrence up here in Michigan, and the chattering of teeth overrides a smile more often than not. It is usually around this time of year that I find myself in a rut. Christmas break has just ended, and I am back to the grind with hours and hours of schoolwork. Last weekend I was having one of those days when you just sit there and wonder why your life isn’t better, why things never go your way. Needless to say, I was spending my Saturday afternoon in a pretty foul mood.
But then I stumbled upon this video (see below). My mood was instantly turned around, as I couldn’t help but smile as I watched. This little kid was just so cute!! How could I not smile? When I finished obsessing over how adorable the video was, I also realized just how powerful this child’s message was.
“We were made to be awesome.”
“We can cry about it, or we can dance about it.”
“If we were all made to be on the same team, then we better start acting like it.”
“It is everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance…get to it!”
Those are some pretty powerful words coming from a six year old. But the kid has a point. Why sit around and sulk about what didn’t happen? Why waste a perfectly good afternoon wishing your life was different, or how it isn’t fair, when instead you have the opportunity to get up, put a smile on, and make YOUR life, and everyone else’s around you, a life worth living? So I made it my mission to change the course of my Saturday, and give myself a reason to smile. I wrote a list of three things that I liked about my life:
-I have a GREAT support system of family and friends
-I get to enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate
-I am obsessed with my college! (Go Blue!)
And I challenge you to do the same. What are you going to do to make this world better, and to make it full of smiles? If you are having trouble thinking of a reason to smile, take the advice of that 6 year old in the video: “This is life people! We got air coming through our nose!” Now that is definitely something to smile about.