I read somewhere that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Having spent the holidays and opened the new year with close family and friends, I can say there were a lot of smiles on our faces. It has been an extremely tough 2009 for everyone on all levels and aspects of life, both personal and professional.
My Christmas was spent not with an over-abundance of gifts and physical things, but with great food and conversation. For the first time this year, my family members (mom, brother, and sister) made our gifts or bought small items that were filled with love. With the help of my close friend, we were able to stuff my small gifts into a balloon (without the use of a machine!) for a memorable gift.
I was able to stuff some socks into a balloon for my mom, and green tea and Chapstick for my sister (my brother didn’t get a balloon but he did get a home cooked meal!) Along with the “stuffed balloon” came a bouquet of balloon flowers.
Suze Orman writes, “The things that matter most in this world are those that carry no price tag, for they can neither be bought nor sold at any price.” I totally agree with this. The smiles on their faces was more than any gift could buy. Furthermore, my aunt liked the idea so much that I also made her a bouquet of flowers out of balloons, which brought another big smile to her face – a wonderful thing to see since she had just lost her husband a couple of weeks prior to the holidays.
It’s truly amazing what smiles can do for everyone.[tags]smile, happy family, the best gift, balloons, big smiles, loving family[/tags]