A Smiling Face Really Means-

What does it mean? 
Mary Jane always has a smile on her face.
She enters the room smiling, has a smile for everyone she greets.
What does that mean?
Is she just the sweetest, happiest person in town?
Is she carefree, kind and confident?

And there's Billy Bob. 
He always seems to be thinking seriously about something,who knows what?
He does laugh and smile at times
But that's not what one remembers about him, a jolly, happy, smiling face.
What does this mean?
Is he always troubled?  Is he habitually sad or angry and just doesn't feel  like smiling?
Is he mad at the world and has nothing to smile about?

Recently a very intelligent thoughtful young teenage boy made a carefully considered assessment of Billy Bob:  "I've figured out something.  Just because Mr. Billy Bob isn't smiling doesn't mean he's not happy."

Why can't we just let people be..

The Billy Bobs are often much more sincere and honest in their interactions with others.
When he pays a compliment  it's from the heart.

A Mary Jane smiles and says nice things..that's what a M.J. does..that doesn't mean she's always sincere or is genuinely happy.  That's just her natural temperament.

[ note: Mary Jane and Billy Bob are ficticious names-some of you might recognize the Billy Bob as someone in our circle of family/friends]

1 comment:

  1. Out of the mouths of babes. It just goes to show we never know just by looking at a person what their life is really like.


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