30 Jan

In part two of this interactive experiment, you must undertake the following, relatively simple, task. Each and every day this coming week, you must find one thing to smile from your heart about. That “thing” can be large or small, tangible or intangible. Let me give you a few examples from my own personal experiences.

  • One day, while riding my Harley, I was stopped at a traffic light. Crossing the street was a small family, a father, mother and a boy of about six. The parents frowned a bit at the sound of the bike and perhaps my appearance, but, the little boy smiled and waived. I smiled also.
  • One morning, I believe in November, I rose at 3;30 and watched the Geminid meteor shower. I smiled.
  • Last night I had a simple dinner of thin sliced roast beef warmed in gravy from a can over plain white bread. After eating, I sat back and smiled in fond remembrance of my Grandma Helen who served that to me as a young child.
  • This past Monday evening, after a much-needed Kata workout at the Dojo of Shihan Wayne Norlander, Ku-Dan (9th DegreeBlack Belt,) Menkyo Kaiden, USA Goshin-Ryu, I, and Shihan Norlander, smiled.

  • On Thursday of this week, New Jersey experienced a blizzard of snow. I walked to the home of Shihan Thomas DeFelice, Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black Belt), Menkyo Kaiden, Goshin-Do Karate-Do. After he and I tussled with mother nature, we both smiled.

Well, now it is your turn. Each and every day this week, find one “thing” to smile about. That smile should stem from deep within yourself and be pure, from the heart.

Next Sunday, February 6th, I will post part three of our little interactive experiment. Until then, knowing where this experiment is going . . . I am smiling!

Sensei John Szmitkowski, Soke, Jiriki Kata-Do

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  1. Alcantara Acupuncture February 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    I love the idea of finding one thing each day of this week to smile about, wholeheartedly! Glad to see you’re surviving the snow in our TriState area.

    • senseijohn February 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

      Thank-you for your comment.
      So far, I am doing well in NJ, but it will be nice to return home to Arizona.
      I hope you keep smiling. Part 3 will post sometime tomorrow, but watch out for part 4; there’s a bit of a trick.
      — Sensei John

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