When We Smile
by Pam Nelkon
When We Share
When we share laughter, there’s twice the fun,
When we share success, we’ve surpassed what we’ve done.
When we share problems, there’s half the pain,
When we share tears, a rainbow follows rain.
When we share dreams, they become more real,
When we share secrets, its our hearts we reveal.
If we share a smile, its when our love shows,
If we share a hug, that’s when our love grows.
If we share with someone on whom we depend,
That person is always family or friend.
And what draws us closer and makes us all care,
It’s not what we have, but the things we share.
In Pirkei Avot Chapter I Shammai says “receive everyone with a cheerful countenance and in Chapter III Rabbi Yismael said “receive everyone cheerfully”. I hope you will enjoy this poem about smiling.
Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu
When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too
I passed it round the corner and someone saw my grin
And when he smiled I realised, I’d passed it on to him
I thought about that little smile, then recognized its worth
A single smile just like mine could travcel round the earth
So if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected
Let’s start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.