There are many good poems, songs and stories with a notation “author unknown.” At some point, these artists shared part of themselves but did not think it necessary to leave their signature on their work. I often spend quite a bit of time researching to make sure an anonymous item does not have a name attached to it, but in the following case of the following poem, I found no name. So thanks to the unknown author who brightened my day – and hopefully yours as well.
A smile costs nothing, but gives much.
It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it.
And none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,
fosters good will in business and is the best countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,
and it is natures’ best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen,
for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
Give them one of yours as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
We touch each other with our smiles. That is the way God made us.
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance (Proverbs 15:13