As any parent can remember, the first few months of your child’s life is difficult. Constant attention, sleepless nights, diapers, feedings, spit up – the list goes on and on. I know it well because I’m right in the middle of it with my 4 month old daughter, Isla. The days are long and it’s tough knowing that when you call it a night, it starts all over the next day. The days and nights are long. But then, all of the sudden, magic happens: a smile.
Going through all of this recently made me realize that the only true currency we have in this world is our smile and willingness to be kind to each other. For parents, that first smile can wipe away any stress, lack of sleep or frustration you’re going through. Seeing a little one smile is about as close to heaven as you can get.
Babies don’t need to learn it. Their smile currency is natural and innate. They can occupy an entire room with a smile – especially if it’s full of grandparents. It forces any onlooker to be present, feel loved and feel appreciated. A smile is powerful.
Think about what you go through on a daily basis. I know in the real estate world, I’m often rushing from appointment to appointment, dealing with rejection, putting out fires, and hustling to build a business on a daily basis. When I’m lucky enough to catch a smile from my daughter, all that melts away and I am entirely present with her, sharing a special moment. As you rush through your day, imagine how many times a smile or act of kindness from anyone could help pull you out of a funk. Better yet, think about the opportunities you have to share some smile currency with anyone – a coworker, a new neighbor, or a complete stranger. We never know what someone else is going through. A smile can always help. So let’s all smile more and see what happens.
About the Author: Jared Reimer is a native Coloradoan and an Associate Broker at Elevations Real Estate in Old Town Fort Collins. He’s a community advocate, business champion, blogger, leader, tireless volunteer, innovator, thinker and expert on all things real estate in Fort Collins and surrounding Northern Colorado. You’re likely to find Jared spending quality time outside with his wife, Kacie, and his kids, Hudson and Isla, or sharing a beer or two with a friend throughout Fort Collins. Call or text Jared at 970.222.1049 or email him at Jared@TheCraftBroker.com