We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
Monday's Sociable Art event at Niche Wine Lounge was memorable for the laughs and good humor of my guest artists. One lady in particular had the crowd smiling all night long. I'm thinking of hiring her to come to all of my events. It's amazing how one happy person can affect the mood of the whole crowd. The same can unfortunately be said of a negative person. It's all about attitude, and it's contagious.
At the beginning of each event, I tell everyone to remember to have fun. Life is full of serious subjects - just watch the news for proof of that. A friend of mine, after years of working long days in a very serious occupation, told me that he had to relearn how to have fun. If you don't use it, you lose it. Smile and fake it if you have to. Before you know it, you are actually having fun.
I sometimes see guests at my events frowning at their artwork, sighing, and commenting negatively on their lack of ability. Things don't always work out the way we want. Maybe the Eiffel Tower you tried to paint came out looking like an oil derrick. Maybe the wind blew the petals off your tulips or someone broke your heart. You have a choice. You can either dwell on your mistakes, or look for the humor or at least the light side of the situation. Laugh at your ridiculous Eiffel Tower and then give it another try with a positive attitude. Stick a smile on your face, and don't give up.
Life is full of challenges. It's a lot more fun laughing your way through a demanding new experience than stressing yourself out with self imposed expectations and pressure - we have enough of that in our lives. As Monty Python said, "always look on the bright side of life". Nat King Cole's song, Smile Though Your Heart is Breaking, says it best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I85ApzR43jU