Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Smile

The following quote is written into Florence's journal in longhand.  There is no author noted.  Interestingly, when I google the first line of the quote, I find someone who has copyrighted the saying in 2006, but I'm not sure how that is possible, since Florence was keeping this journal in the 1930s.  It's a puzzle! If anyone has more information regarding the true author, please leave me a comment.

A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It enriches those who receive
without making poorer those who give.

It takes but a moment,
but the memory of it can last forever.

None is so rich and mighty that he can get along without it,
and none is so poor but that
he can be made rich by it.

A smile creates happiness in the home,

fosters good will in business,
and is the countersign of friendship.

It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad,
and is nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, begged,

borrowed or stolen.

For it is something that is of no value to anyone 
until given away.

Some people are too tired to give you a smile.

Give them one of yours,
as none needs a smile so much as
he who has no more to give.

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