Smile Quotes ~ 3

It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.
~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.
~ Yoko Ono

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
~ Maya Angelou

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.
~ Tom Wilson

Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.
~ Connie Stevens

Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.
~ Les Brown

Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.
~ Christie Brinkley

A smile is the universal welcome.
~ Max Eastman

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
~ John Ray

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
~ Thomas Paine

The greatest self is a peaceful smile that always sees the world smiling back.
~ Bryant H. McGill

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
~ Mother Teresa

Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
~ William Arthur Ward

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
~ Dr. Seuss



Honour The Commitment You Make to Yourself

If we look at the lives of saints and gurus we find one quality that was critical to their success. The quality that set them apart was a diligent commitment to their life’s goals. The secret to success is to stick to your goal through rain or shine, through smooth or rough waters. This is true whether we wish to attain a spiritual goal or a worldly achievement.

Even people who attained worldly goals in the fields of sports, the sciences, or the arts have accomplished wonders through their commitment. In this connection, let me narrate an anecdote from the life of Rabindranath Tagore. He established Shantiniktetan and would work hard there every day.

Once, Mahatma Gandhi was visiting him there; he had gone there to give a public talk. Afterwards, he spent time with Tagore, discussing topics of interest to them both. Following lunch, Gandhi went to take rest when some of the ashram workers followers, of Tagore, approached him.

“Can you help us, Gandhiji? they asked. “What is it?” asked the Mahatma. “We are worried about the health of Rabindranath Tagore,” they explained. “He is not keeping good health. The doctors advised him to take rest but he refuses. After lunch, he immediately goes back to work and does not take a moments rest. We do not want his health to fail.” Gandhi asked, “Why do you want me to tell him to rest?” They replied, “We know he will not go against your advice.”

After Gandhi had rested a while he went to Tagore’s residence and saw that he was deeply immersed in his work. When Tagore looked up and saw Gandhi standing there he asked him, ”Are you not comfortable that you have come out from your rest so soon?”

Gandhi replied: “I have come to ask you to take rest after your lunch so your health does not fail. You are not keeping fit these days.”

Tagore replied: “How can i do that? I must tell you the truth so that you will understand. When i was 12 I took a vow never to rest at any time during the day for any reason. Up to now i have kept that vow. How many more years do i have to live? Why would i break that vow now?”

Tagore’s firm determination and commitment to his promise moved Gandhi. For 67 years Tagore had never rested during the day. Gandhi was impressed by his commitment to his goal and told him, “Now l know the secret of your success”

If someone who makes a commitment as Tagore had to a worldly goal and achieved great success, imagine what we could do in the spiritual realms. If we could commit to our mediation with the same determination as Tagore did to his writing, we would also be successful. The trouble we face is not capable of spiritual progress, because that gift is available to each of us, but that we lack commitment and make only halfhearted attempts. But if we were to meditate regularly each day then we would find the progress we seek.

The more we perfect our meditations, the more we come in contact with the source of love within, and the more we love, the more we are loved by others. We will find that things that upset us before no longer have any sway over us. Peace and harmony will enter our hearts and homes. Our family and social life will become peaceful and blissful.

If we are sincerely interested in knowing more about ourselves, the means to do so are available.

Writer – Rajinder Singh ji, Source – The Speaking tree, 15 April 2009, Image Source –

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