Quote of the Day: The Dandelion Has Your Smile.

Via on May 5, 2012

I love dandelions.

They’re definitely in my top three flowers. Don’t tell me they are a weed—I’ve heard it. I disagree. I’ve loved them since I was a child, but after reading this, they made the favorite list:

Our smile will bring happiness to us and to those around us. Even if we spend a lot of money on gifts for everyone in our family, nothing we buy could give them as much happiness as the gift of our awareness, our smile. And this precious gift costs nothing. At the end of a retreat in California, a friend wrote this poem:

I have lost my smile,
but don’t worry.
The dandelion has it.

If you have lost your smile and yet are still capable of seeing that a dandelion is keeping it for you, the situation is not too bad. You still have enough mindfulness to see that the smile is there.

You only need to breathe consciously one or two times and you will recover your smile. The dandelion is one member of your community of friends. It is there, quite faithful, keeping your smile for you.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

So, if you don’t feel like smiling, it’s okay. I’m sunburned, a little jet-lagged, headachey and a bit grumpy myself. But I also know that a bad mood doesn’t mean my smile is gone. The dandelion is just holding on to it for me until I shake off the grump and am ready to go get it.

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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2 Responses to “Quote of the Day: The Dandelion Has Your Smile.”

  1. Dawn says:

    Every time I read one of your posts, I smile. Love your work and thank you for sharing your gifts!

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