When we smile, it is a symbol of hope. A symbol of strength and the willingness to let go of whatever may be going wrong. Everything may not be perfect, but a smile keeps the heart strong even amid the storm.

Some days ago, I was walking to work when suddenly came across a beautiful lady. She looked at me and smiled. It was something I never expected. What made it even more amazing was the words she spoke: “Good Morning”. It was an unbelievable gesture and It surely made my day.

So often in life, we get carried away with the pressure from our relationships, jobs, family, and friends. Our countenance becomes affected. The facial expression shows how we feel inside. We unconsciously allow bad energy to flow within our soul.

The negative impact can be devastating. Low self-esteem, anxiety, unhappiness, emotional trauma, and low productivity becomes our occasional companion. The fact that it is easier to smile than to frown makes it even more interesting.

Several times in life, I have encountered so much pain and setback, that has made me feel down and almost out. These things do occur once in a while, but I still find time to smile in the midst of it all.

Looking back at history, we can derive a lot of inspiration from those who have walked the path of extreme suffering and tragedy. They have seen the bitter and the sweet side of life. The joy of their existence literarily went up in flame, but they still stood tall and bounced back stronger.

It is sometimes difficult to see beyond the sorrow. However, if we look back at the pains of yesterday and where we are today, there is a bit of comfort that surrounds us. The tears are replaced by smiles.

Joseph Scriven was just a young woodcutter. The son of a captain in the British royal marines. Born in 1819, he fell in love with a beautiful lady Eliza Rice. They had beautiful memories together and had planned to get married.

A day before their marriage, Eliza died and it was such a painful experience for the young Joseph Scriven. He was almost drowning in sorrow but held firmly to his faith. From within his pains, he got inspired to compose one of the best contemporary hymns and named it: “What a Friend we have in Jesus

In life, we go through the bad, the good and ugly experiences. These things make us better persons and bring out the best in us. Joseph Scriven is long gone, but the beautiful song he left behind still brings a smile to the face of those going through unimaginable pains.

We all have difficult moments. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. Though the dark clouds may cover our beautiful sunshine. We can always create our sunshine by our smile.

After every storm, the sun will smile; for every problem, there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer”… William Rounseville Alger