It was bound to happen. Post-Problogger, when inspiration needs to turn to perspiration (or at least to words, if not sweat on a page) to find oneself post-less, as the Queen might say. Oh dear, what a bother! Bog on the blog.
But while I may be post-less, I’m trying not to be pointless.
I hope it won’t be too bad – I need to think in yin yang terms and understand that moments of creativity, inspiration and ‘awesomeness’, will necessarily be balanced out by moments of writer’s block and ‘unawesomness’ (not really a word). It is the universal way.
And rather than
writing crapping on, I thought I’d find a good use for my post by plugging a cause close to my heart and one that will bring a smile to your face.
You see next Friday (ie in one week), it will be World Smile Day, an international day for smiling and acts of kindness created by Harvey Ball, the guy who gave us the smiley face. (I can hear a grin spreading slowly across your face, a laugh trying to sneak out the sides of your mouth). Go on, you can do it!
The day is all about spreading smiles – and it is open to you to do things to make other people smile (which is a reflection of course of your own happiness).
But more than
simply getting the planet people to smile, we can also raise money to bring smiles to faces that struggle to know how to. To little faces that smile, despite the struggle.
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or palate, and one in ten of them will die before their first birthday.
Operation Smile is a global charity to support reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries by volunteer medical teams – sometimes it is relatively simple, especially to achieve life-changing cosmetic changes, other times surgery is more complex and multiple operations are required.
When we adopted our daughter in China, the sad faces of children with cleft lips and palates stared down on us from a poster in the room in which we nervously waited to meet our healthy and perfectly-formed daughter. Pangs of guilt muddled with so many mixed emotions that day.
Over the years we have donated and supported cleft palate surgery in China and the need remains great around the world.
I have set up a fundraising page for Operation Smile (through Everyday Hero) – https://give.everydayhero.com/au/kathy-yinyangmother-smileproject. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.
In return, I’d like to spread the smiles – so send me your favourite photos and I will edit them into a montages of smiles to use as wallpaper for your computer screen and smart phone. I hope to capture some great smiles from this community – together we can make each other happy.
Just email photos of your own smile, your kids great smiles, as many as you like, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. And please, support this great cause – it really is life-changing.
What do you think – will you support Project Smile? I hope so. I will be plugging it all throughout October.
Linking up for FYBF with the lovely With Some Grace.