“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts”. – Paramahansa Yogananda
Perhaps even more now than ever the world needs to show compassion and understanding for one another. We need to look directly into each other’s eyes and accept our similarities and differences. I fear a future where people don’t care anymore and are full of apathy and fear. Instead, I want a future where people can look into a stranger’s eyes and feel some bit of hope, understanding and peace.
I don’t know what to tell my children anymore about the front page of the news. I don’t understand all of the death and destruction committed to and by strangers. I feel numb by it. So instead of focusing on all the sadness and fear, I want to illuminate the kindness and hope I feel when I look into a stranger’s eyes and capture them on film. One moment in time. One moment of peace and hope.
I know this may sound silly but I once read that simply giving a smile to a stranger can make a difference. I try my best to remember these words of advice in my busy life and occasionally when I do greet a stranger with a smile, it is always returned and brightens not one but two people’s day.