I would like to think Shruti Ohri for this nomination. If you have not already passed by Shruti’s site, it is a tranquil place of poetry and of well-ground pepper-thought that steals the toxic fast pace of day-to-day blurs and replaces it with lovely thinky-thoughts. Shruti writes beautiful poems and touches on a range of interesting topics that I am sure you will enjoy. It is the perfect place to break with a cuppa.
Rules? No, I think we will call them ‘guidelines’.
- Thank the person who nominated you
- Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
- Nominate three bloggers each day.
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
-William Arthur Ward
I wish I could still trust the sweet and honest smile, but experience has led me to question this quote. Is a smile always communicating kindness?
I know of people who have weaponised the humble smile and shaded its summer-day cheer with bruises. Perfecting the fake smile, serviette crinkles and all, is a difficult thing to do, it can only be well-practiced acting—but who would wilfully misemploy the sweet and tender grin, the beam, the stretched-out smirk, and use it for nefarious means?
I have known teachers who reprimand pupils with a twinkle in their eye, businesspersons who confuse their workers by giving The Bad News with a beam and a wink. I have seen politicians who smile as they lie through white gnashers.
Do you still believe in the tender heart of a smile, or have you lost faith in this once, universal language of kindness?
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