Sunday, March 29, 2015

I originally posted this blog in 2013. Today's theme for one of my Spark teams is "Sunday Smiles" so I decided to post it again. My thoughts remain the same - Smile!

Two things happened to me in 2002, I got married and I had a large growth of skin cancer removed from my face. The dermatologist wasn’t very skilled and as a result I have a scar that changed the shape and symmetry of my face. I realized that the “new me” was the one my new husband would always see and I hated it. As I stared in dismay at my reflection in the mirror I began to experiment, to see what I could do to make the scar less noticeable. When I was a little girl my mother would tell me, “Your smile is what people will notice.” The answer was simple, smile!

I smile a lot now. Like many overweight people I also hate to see pictures of myself, that’s not really what I look like is it? My solution: Smile! You’ll never see a picture of me without a smile.

When I met my husband, Rod, the first thing I noticed was that the only wrinkles he had were smile lines. He’s 69 now and those are still the only wrinkles I see.

My aunt once told me, “What you’re like on the inside shows on the outside.”

She’s 95 now and I think her smile has kept her young.

I don’t like my picture taken when I’m so overweight but if I wait until 60 pounds from now I won’t have pictures of me and Rod doing things together NOW.

It may not be how I want to be seen but I want pictures of me with my grandson or my children. Those times will be gone, as will I someday, and I want to be remembered. So I smile because deep inside I know THAT’S what I’ll be remembered for.

So, if you don’t like the image staring back at you in the mirror, change it! Losing weight takes time but a smile only takes a second.

Let people see the real you reflected in your face. There’s a smile in there somewhere, let it out for all to see!

We all have scars, some of us are just better at covering them. Let the smile inside show, I promise you that’s what people will see and what they will remember.

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