"The smile starts in the heart and shines through the eyes, unless you're one of the unlucky veterans without eyes who just has to give a broken grin and keep on loving life despite the difficulties."
I LOVE that. My nephew just heard a man say that last week in France. My nephew is serving as a Christian missionary in Toulouse, France, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It is one of the highlights of my week to read his letters and learn about all the people he is serving. He's only 20 years old, yet he is dedicating 2 years to serve as a missionary. Pretty amazing.
The gentleman who said, "The smile starts in the heart . . . " was originally from Tahiti. My nephew heard him speak in a church meeting. He also talked about a club for WWI veterans on his Tahitian island called "La Gueule Cassé" (I think it means, the broken hangover). All of this got me thinking that sometimes life IS hard, but we can still keep on loving life.
His comment about giving a broken grin and continuing to love love despite the difficulties reminds me of an excellent speech called, "Come What May, and Love It", by Joseph B. Wirthlin. It is a classic speech that has helped me a lot.