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Lips Alive

What a “beautiful smile” you have! I’ve heard this over and over throughout my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love to smile. There’s nothing better to break the ice, disarm an unpleasant situation, calm an upset child, or just take a deep breath when nervous. Oh, the joy of receiving one back on occasion especially from a baby or small child.

However, I was confronted years ago about using my smile to hide behind—disguising my real feelings and myself in the cover-up. At the time I was totally miserable in a failing marriage, angry without admitting it, and my insides were in a state of constant turmoil and denial. I began to regard my feelings and expressions more thoughtfully.

I can’t say with certainty that I’m doing a better job with synching (sp) my feelings and expressions. I do feel like my awareness has been heightened.

When I meet you, I’ll be wearing a smile!


My Body - My Self