Walk up these concrete stairs with me in a Dallas office park.
Look at this blah-colored dismal wall standing bare, absent from any graffiti. Is there a message in these textured walls for you? My guess is no. Not for you.
Earlier in the day I read a worksheet of good things to do throughout the day, line item 5 pops out of my head for it said make 33 people smile today. The problem is I need a smile myself after a bleak phone call from an old friend.
Yesterday a stranger through the Internet randomly brings to my attention an article written by me eight months ago, called “Worry and a smile.” The article states when you see a smile after a moment of sadness you will know it is for you.
Appreciating the reminder I reread my own article. Turns out I needed it for myself once again which is why it was placed before the eyes of the author.
My guess is you didn’t see the smile in the empty staircase. Look again, look down at the center wall roughly 12 inches off the ground. Do you see what I see now? Imprinted into the texture is a perfectly-shaped happy face.
I wanted to make sure I was not stretching a story and not seeing things for the rest of the wall stands completely naked of any obtrusions. Flagging down a passerby, I ask him, “What is that in the wall?” He quickly responds it is a face, a smiley face.
That well alert guy has been coming up those same flight of steps for multiple years and never saw it. I know it hangs there for me to see.
A smile abounds, not only suspended on a stucco wall but on this guy on a journey. Now the hallway flashes two smiling faces as I photograph the implanted never-ending happy face.
I am not sure how a smiley face found itself on a Texas exterior wall. I believe I know why I was the one to find it. Because I needed it.
Finding it made it real easy for me to make 31 more people smile throughout the day. Remember? My list called for 33. I smiled myself and found many more. I only need one more smile to complete my daily task of 33. How about it? Can you be that one? Smile! Please? Pretty please. I only need one more. Thank you. 🙂 Back at you.
Come on people now. Smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.