Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Year of Kindness - Challenge Week Three

I apologize for being a day late with this post.  I pretty much lost the last two days of my life to being functionally blind, thanks to an eye infection in my right eye that caused my eye to be painful, swollen, blood shot, and extremely light sensitive. I couldn't wear my contact lenses and wearing my back-up glasses just made my eye water even more. So I was being as KIND as I could to myself and left my computer OFF for two whole days! I know, unheard of, right? I can't even say I suffered withdrawal. I slept most of Sunday... 4 hours in the middle of the day and then went to bed at 7:30 and slept another 12 hours. And Monday I did things that I didn't really need clear vision for - like laundry. Thankfully today the pain, swelling, and light sensitivity is gone and I am back in action! Now if the redness would just go away...  But as luck would have it, we are having another massive snow storm and our Board of Director's meeting for tomorrow is cancelled. So I don't have to drive into work and I don't have to worry about greeting directors with an ugly eye. I consider that to be the Universe's way of being KIND to me.  Which just makes me smile.

And that is this week's challenge - SMILE at everyone you meet.
It is a gift to the person you smile at - and you never know when your smile and friendly greeting could turn an otherwise bad day for someone. And it is a gift to yourself - because when you are smiling, you can't help but feel happy! :)

Are you smiling this week?


Karen said...

Maybe a year ago, I read a blog post about smiling at the strangers you pass. I make a sincere effort to do that---when we're walking, in the mall, wherever I happen to be. It's become a nice habit, and I'm almost always rewarded with a smile in return.

Hope the redness goes away soon. It sounds like it was a pretty nasty infection!

Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, sounds like you had a tough few days. Glad you were able to rest a lot & hope the healing continues!

Robbie's got the flu here, so I'm trying to nurse him back to health & not get sick myself! At the grocery store earlier this evening, I smiled at one of the workers there. I do this pretty often, but I'll be more aware of it this week! :>)

Missus Wookie said...

Smiling at people is a good habit - although it gets you odd looks in London ;) Hope you feel completely better soon, resting and darkness sounds like necessary kindness to yourself at the moment.

alexa said...

I am glad to hear that circumstances mean you can take the time and the rest you need ... Hoping it all continues to improve. Smiling with kindness and waving from here xx.

scrappyjacky said...

Do hope the eye is soon completely better....I know how horrid eye problems can be.
Sending you [and everyone else]a big smile.

Sian said...

Wow, I hope your eye is better soon. It's no fun when something affects your sight.

ha! Yes, I'll be smiling this afternoon AFTER I've been to the Dentist to get my crumbly tooth fixed

debs14 said...

Your sight is so precious, and you don't truly appreciate that until something goes wrong. I do hope you make a full recovery very soon.
I do like the theme of this blog post, after all, a smile costs nothing does it, yet it can make all the difference.

Anonymous said...

Yep - I'm smiling because you are feeling better.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Thanks for the reminder about the power of a smile.