Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: Life is a journey, take the scenic route


With each passing year, we are living a journey that continuously changes, sometimes by our choices and others by unknown forces that could not have been planned for.

My present age finds me being a daughter, mother and grandmother, and my fifth great-grand-baby girl was born last night in Colorado. The word “great-grandmother” always makes me ask: “What?”

I was comforting a friend last evening as she told me of her pain upon hearing some sad news. I told her that it is a universal reality for every human being. We will experience a broken heart caused by friends or family members, and sometimes it is easier to choose to let go and be renewed with a peace beyond understanding. I explained to her that the Serenity Prayer was my mantra. It covers just about any challenge, heartache or sadness I may face with any given situation.

The Bible tells us there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to mourn and a time to dance and a time for every purpose under heaven. That verse comforts me as babies are being born sometimes on the same day that I may be at a friend’s funeral. It makes me a stronger woman to know there is an unseen plan behind life. It helps me to realize that it’s okay to dance a jig with Phil as my oldest granddaughter (who is almost 13) tells us how silly we are.

Like the weather, we experience different seasons and often have rain or shine. Some days we’re overwhelmed with joy, while some days we will feel like crying while looking around a house we can’t seem to keep clean and laundry pile that is never-ending. Housework never looks at the clock on the wall. Yet, just as the ocean waves contain an underlying current, so do we, deep inside of us. We have the will to leave it all behind and enjoy an evening of entertainment. It is healthy to rejoice and celebrate the work we have accomplished.

Each day is a gift; that’s why it is called the present. So, reach your hands up to the sky. I love it when the sun is shining and I find awe in God’s heavenly creation. Always include a prayer asking for help in going forward with the changes that will come.

It is said that a smile is our best asset to being a lovely person, so remember to smile! It makes everything a lot easier when someone returns it, and unlike costly beauty products, it’s free!  

When someone cares enough to inquire about your day or how you feel, grin like an opossum while putting a smile on your face and reply, “Oh, I’m fine, just fine,” even if you hear a naughty little voice whispering in your ear, “Liar, liar, pants on fire – you feel terrible!”

Keep Smiling, Rosie

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