What do you want out of life?

Before running off to the hills and really scratching your head to see if this has ANYTHING to do with the facial difference community … just breathe.

It’s important that you ask this question of yourself. What do you want out of life? This life that you and I roll along through every day was meant to be enjoyed and not endured. Hell, everyone of us in the cleft/craniofacial/facial difference community has endured a lot. Children, adults, parents, guardians … you name it. Fear, anger, joy, sadness, loss, grief, laughter and ambivalence all crop up in the emotional register of our hearts.

Yet you have a golden opportunity, no matter what your age, race, creed, color, religious or non-religious persuasion, or whatever, to totally rewrite the script of your life.

What do you want out of life? Let us sit with this question. No … I mean it. You sit with it, I’ll sit with it. We’ll come up with our own answers. Then, see if there is a little, tiny action that can be taken in that direction. More love, more peace, more prosperity, more satisfaction … it’s all for the getting.

Just ponder the question.

Blessings,

Joe

Smile a little more …

While it is difficult at times to smile, whether it is because of dealing with surgeries, life issues or difficult emotions, there is something warm and compassionate toward yourself when it comes to smiling.

It is something that I have a hard time doing in my life because I do have a tendency to take everything so seriously. A number of weeks ago, I had a chance to be around a couple that held a special balance between having fun and being responsible. They could laugh with their kids while also maintaining a sense of handling moments that would cause others to stress or freak out.

They laughed a lot, too.

In this facial difference world, there’s always so damned  much to be serious about. Yet I do know that parents and children alike do their best to find moments of happiness.

I’d just like to encourage all of the children, adults and parents within the cleft, craniofacial and facial difference community around the world to … hopefully … smile a little more today and every day.

Happiness is important. It’s not something to throw out the door or forget about. Not in the least. You are as just as deserving of happiness as myself. We’ve been through our tough roads and journeys. Give yourself a break and smile, feel happy and know that you are loved.

Blessings and peace,

Joe