Yesterday was #Kindfest2020, Scott Leiper's initial spark of an idea, which was brought to life by #BeTheRipple and Cognitize by Imaginocity, along with so many other amazing people.
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing blogs and videos from the wonderful people who took part in Kindfest and today is a very special piece from the wonderful Yetunde Hofmann entitled 'What's in a Smile?'.
Yetunde wrote this piece especially for the #BeTheRipple movement and what we are trying to achieve in the world - to say I am humbled is an understatement.
Over to Yetunde:
What's in a Smile?
Have you noticed how when you smile how good it makes you feel? Have you noticed how when you smile and it is from the heart, how wonderful life can be?
And when that smile which is from the heart, is directed at another, like you, a human being, how much it lights up their face, their eyes shining bright, a connection made?
A smile given and a smile returned; An acknowledgement that we are in this place, in this world of work, in this life. Together.
A smile from the heart, can operate like a switch when you enter a room, because we are energy you see, that changes the temperature from ice cold to fire warm. A welcome presence.
A smile from the heart when shared can send a million messages in times most needed that say “it will be okay”; “life can be better”; “it will pass”; “you matter”; “you are welcome here”; “your opinion matters”; “you belong”; “you are loved.”
Indeed, a smile from the heart sets up another human, because we are human, for a readiness to smile from the heart at another and another and another, creating a ripple that spreads kindness and acceptance.
A ripple that springs forth from a root of unconditional LOVE.
Thank you so much to Yetunde for this wonderful piece and reading, read with such passion, such grace, such strength and such love.
Look out for more shares from Kindfest over the coming weeks, in the meantime, we would also love you to join our movement. If you are not yet a member of the #BeTheRipple community, we would love you to join us. You can find us on Twitter: @BeTheRipple2020 and/or in our LinkedIn community: Here
Thank you once again to Yetunde for thinking of #BeTheRipple with such love and for writing this poem in our honour - simply beautiful.
If you would like to submit a blog for this series, please send your work via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or send to me via LinkedIn.
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