On May 14th, I wrote a post announcing a SMILE! 21-day challenge. As I approached my one mark since my diagnosis and surgery last spring, I found myself fretting a bit and decided I needed a diversion. (Follow the hyperlink to read the original challenge.)
I wondered if I could always find something about which to SMILE! especially when life’s challenges seems insurmountable.
The challenge ran from May 15- June 4, and I agreed to record each day for three weeks something that made me smile each day on the SMILE! Results Page. I also encouraged others to share their smiles in the comment section of the results page.
I am pleased that eight people did share some smiles with me during the challenge. One was from Europe. Another from a friend who shared an antic I’d long forgotten. Each of the comments made me smile along with them.
This was a reminder to me that when we put ourselves around others who can make us smile and laugh with us, we are uplifted. It is contagious.
An unexpected surprise happened.
When I set up the three-week challenge, I did not realize what significance this day would have.
It just so happened that last year on Tuesday, June 5th, I first met with my specialist on referral from a medical professional I know and trust. This time last year I was scared, did not trust many doctors, and was not doing much smiling.
What I also did not know when I set up the dates of the SMILE! Challenge was that the final day would be the same day I would be scheduled for my one-year follow-up MRI and appointment.
It could either be a day where I would have to dig deeply to find something or it would be cause for a broad smile to spread across my face.
Today I was poked, scanned, analyzed, and counseled and…
The results are in…
(To read all 21 days or simply yesterday’s results, click here for the SMILE! 21-Day Challenge Results page. Please leave smiles of your own in the comment section on that page.)