The Gift of a Smile

5 03 2009

This morning I received an email from my brother James in Australia.  Our father had asked him to type up a poem that was originally on a scarp of paper that was worn and tattered.  I did a quick search on Google to try and determine the author.  After a viewing a couple of links, I found the poem on a site for Inspiring Poems and learned that the author is unknown.  The version below is a slight variation from the one on the website.  No doubt lines have been subtracted and added over the years as people were inspired by the powerful words.

The poem really made me reflect that some of the most precious things in life are often overlooked or taken for granted.  Nonetheless they can be so powerful in their simplicity and impact.  I wanted to share this poem today:

A SMILE costs nothing, but gives so much

It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give

It takes but a moment, but the memory if it sometimes lasts forever

None is so rich or so mighty that they cannot get along without it

And none is so poor but that they can be made rich by it

A SMILE creates happiness in the home

Fosters goodwill in business

And is the countersign of friendship

It brings rest to the weary

Cheer to the discouraged

Ssunshine to the sad

And it 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 it is given away

Some people are tired to give you a smile

Give them one of yours

As none needs a SMILE so much

As he or she who has no more to give

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