I think of myself as a glass-half-full kind of person, a happy, hopeful person. When I run sprint triathlons I typically smile the whole time, even though I'm pretty awful at them. Folks have remarked on it at a number of different races.
Lately, for some reason, I don't feel I've been smiling enough (as much?). My gut reaction when I glance at a student or at my daughters or at my husband is closer to a frown. The message I think I'm sending is that I don't trust or don't like what they're doing. Is that the message I believe? Is that why I'm less smiley? I don't know.
At a recent team meeting one teammate had a cup of coffee from Caribou. It had fun quotes all over it and I couldn't help but read as many as possible from where I was sitting. One really struck me.
"Smile first, ask questions later."
That's my new goal.