*I promised myself to stick to posting one every day and start the month/year right, but my laptop’s down again and the WordPress app in my Blackberry’s acting up again so I’m publishing three days’ worth in one go.
I know I haven’t posted in a while and I have to get up early for work tomorrow so i’ll make this brief. Also, I’ll post alter about my 2013 blessing-of-the-day album in Facebook. That was a year-long project I truly enjoyed and learned a lot from.
I can feel 2014 is going to be busier, crazier and will just push me to my limits. When blessed, I will be grateful and gracious. And while I will call upon all my strength, patience, friends, families and God to help me in times of need, I will still remember to be thankful – and smile. For real.
I’m no science expert and I don’t know which of these has more traction, but I read that contrary to popular belief, it actually takes more muscle to smile than frown. While they say the actual number of muscles used to smile or frown varies since people smile or frown differently, the minimum number of muscles to smile is at least ten, and to frown about six muscles. They say that while smiling uses more muscles, since we tend to smile more, the muscles we usually use are in better shape, hence, it requires less energy and effort. Well, I’ll believe anything if it will get me and more people to smile!
The Bible says worrying is a sin, but I still often fall trap to it. Scowling, frowning, maybe even crying at times soon follow. Then the wrinkles, eyebags and just an overall haggard look develop as well. Yuck. Not something a soon-to-be thierty-one-year-old wants for her birthday.
So for the net thirty-one days of my birth month and the first month of an awesome year, I will find at least three reasons to smile everyday. No matter how crappy my days was, no matter how many worries or struggles, I’m confident God will never run out of things to make His daughter break into a grin.
Today, January 1st, these reasons were:
1. My family, the Atienza’s and even Kuya Ige’s Tito Makoy dancing it up to Kuya Ige’s new Xbox after our traditional New Year’s Day lunch. One good proof of technology bringing families closer (and sillier!) together.
Nganga and Tito Makoy have a showdown!
It’s Nuki and Ige doing it all school with Vanilla Ice!
2. My daughter’s wacky poses. She’s at that stage where she feels a bit awkward in pictures. In this day and age of selfies, Ging is not keen about having her mug shot.
3. Getting kilig watching 27 Dresses. I’m not a fan of Katherine Heigel but gosh, James Marsden is hot. And of course, I’m a sucker for rom-coms, especially those with wedding scenes. Yihee.
And so before I snooze off, I leave you with these iconic lyrics and pray that for this month, this year, you’ll also find reasons to smile.
Lift your head
Baby don’t be scared
Of the things that could go wrong along the way
You’ll get by
WITH A SMILE.