Nov 2, 2011


Let us always meet each other with smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.

~ Mother Teresa
Walking with my toddler feels like walking with a mini Zen-master. Recently he has changed his dark investigative look into a radiant one. And now everybody that passes is treated on a smile followed by a 'Hyee'. The purity of a child that greets everybody with an open mind, without any ulterior motive or judgement, works purifying.
I realize that sometimes my own smile is far from pure. Too often I catch myself with a polite smile, that the longer it persists, becomes a kind of contorted grimace. Or I'm struggling with all kinds of ego related thoughts buzzing in my head that distract me.
But this little boy is showing me what a true smile achieves. I witness how even the grumpiest people in my neighborhood melt and carefully show their own smile. And I realize how powerful a simple smile truly is. How an unconditional smile is it's own reward......Hyee!
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,
but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


  1. Hyee to you too little M and thank your mom for sharing her thoughts here, doing it the way she does brings a true smile to my heart :-)

  2. Beautiful post Sas! Awesome images too! Love to you and M. Oh yeah! and a Hyee!!!!! :)) Vani

  3. Children and animals always get the smiles, why is that, okay they are cute I know but still can't people see anything worth smiling in life without one of them...kind of sad. Beautiful pictures, they make me smile too:)

  4. These are lovely photos, Sas. Beautiful thoughts on childhood and smiling. It is true... we all forget that we are already the Buddha.

  5. Smiling is contagious, you can't help but pass it on to someone else and children are never burdened by ego! Hyee!!! to you and little M.

  6. THANKS for your visit on my blog.
    You´re blog is so wonderful

  7. Today you made me smile ...
    Such beauty is hard to admire once.
    Thank you!
    A big hug.

  8. Hello Sas give me smile every time i come here,smile for beauties,smile for kindness,smile for colours , for delicacy for every gift you offer us...thanks Sas,i'm happy to known you...:o)))

  9. hermosas imágenes, hermosos colores, tus fotografías tiene un sello muy personal que me encanta!, un abrazo grande!!!

  10. I am delighted with your autumn colours and the way you perceive nature...
    Thanks for your visit :)


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