The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.
The root for my missing front tooth is gone. The pain is manageable and I am wearing a temporary-temporary bridge so now that the gap in my teeth is gone my clown career is over, but at least I can smile again.
I will get the temporary-temporary bridge replaced by my new temporary bridge next Tuesday. I’ll then get the temporary bridge replaced by the permanent bridge in three months after the tooth socket is fully healed. With all of this bridge building I thought I might be eligible for some federal stimulus money but unfortunately I was told it could only be used for highway infrastructure improvement.
I did see a small sign in the dentist office suggesting that patients could ask about the no-interest payment plan, I told them they did not need to tell me about it since I already had no interest in paying. I quickly learned that that was not what they meant and was reminded that my dentist was in control of the pain killers and that the procedure had yet to start. I quickly told them I had shifted to “I am interested in paying” mode and I am pleased to report that all went as well as could be hoped for. I did not cry either - my mother would have been proud.
I think a smile is probably the most important thing we can put on and wear each day. Here is what Ralph Marston wrote about it a few years ago.
There's a simple, easy step you can take that will exert a positive, powerful influence in a variety of situations. That simple act is a genuine smile from the heart.
Smile, and not only does it improve your appearance, it improves all of you. Smile, and you cannot avoid being more positive toward life.
Smile as you speak, and your voice will be more confident, enthusiastic and convincing. Even when you're talking over the phone and the person at the other end can't see you, a smile adds noticeable value to the conversation.
Give a smile to others, and you instantly improve the quality of each encounter. Smile to yourself, and new positive possibilities come clearly into view.
A smile costs you nothing, and yet it can bring so very much. Take a look around, and you'll see that the most successful and fulfilled people are those who smile the most.
Even when you can't think of a reason to smile, smile anyway. Smile, and you'll surely create plenty of good reasons.
Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too.
Becky and Sally Ann were blondes and doing some carpentry work on a house. Becky, who was nailing down siding would reach into her nail pouch, pull out a nail and either toss it over her shoulder or nail it in.
Sally Ann, figuring this was worth looking into, asked, "Why are you throwing the nails away?"
Becky explained, "When I pull a nail out of my pouch, about half of them have the head on the wrong end and I throw them away."
Sally Ann got completely upset and yelled, "You moron! The nails aren't defective! They're for the other side of the house!
I always arrive late to work, but I make up for it by leaving early.
A young man hired by a supermarket reported for his first day of work. The manager greeted him with a warm hand- shake and a smile, gave him a broom and said, "Your first job will be to sweep out the store."
"But I'm a college graduate with an MBA," the young man replied indignantly.
"Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know that," said the manager. "Here, give me the broom -- I'll show you how."
“He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.”
Doug asks, "I know you're crazy about that little daughter of yours, Bill. What are you going to do when she starts to date?"
Bill says, "I figure I'll take the first young man aside, put my arm around his shoulder and pull him close to me so that only he can hear."
"Then I'll say, 'Do you see that sweet, little young lady? She's my only daughter and I love her very much. If you were thinking about touching, kissing or being physically affectionate to her in any way, just remember, I don't mind going back to prison.'"
Man is the only animal that blushes....or needs to.
How To Know When You Are Ready For Parenthood
MESS TEST: Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on the walls. Cover the stains with crayons. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.
TOY TEST: Obtain a 55-gallon box of LEGOs. (If LEGOs are not available, you may substitute roofing tacks or broken bottles.) Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroo or kitchen. Do not scream (this could wake a child at night).
GROCERY STORE TEST: Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop at the grocery store. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.
DRESSING TEST: Obtain one large, unhappy, live octopus. Stuff it into a small net bag making sure that all arms stay inside.
FEEDING TEST: Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill it halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a stout cord. Get the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal (such as Fruit Loops or Cheerios)into the mouth of the jug while pretending to be an airplane.
Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.
NIGHT TEST: Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8 to 12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 8 PM begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9 PM. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 PM. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more and sing them until 4:00 AM. Set alarm for 5:00 AM. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.
PHYSICAL TEST (WOMEN): Obtain a large beanbag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 mo. Now remove 10% of the beans.
PHYSICAL TEST (MEN): Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the head office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper.
Go home and read it quietly for the last time.
FINAL ASSIGNMENT: Find a couple who already has a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their child's discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training, and table manners. Suggest many things they can improve as well. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run riot. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you'll have all the answers.
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.
Leo F. Buscaglia
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