February 17 Message

“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono

Shabbat Shalom!

How often do YOU get up in the morning and smile at yourself? You smile at others in the morning…your children, grandchildren, significant others, or guests that are visiting. Yet, how often do we indulge in starting our mornings with a smile? Maybe that is why many of us use symbols with a happy face in our emails and texts these days!

I had several wonderful mentors as I have traveled on my WLCJ journey. I remember distinctly, Helen Pergament, of blessed memory, when I was making calls as a branch president, she would say to me that she could “hear” the smile in my voice! At the time, I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I always thanked her.

When I found this quote, I thought of Helen…and I thought of how many times as I speak to one of you, that I am smiling, and what a difference that does make! We can “hear” each others smiles…and doesn’t that make YOU feel good.

Today, as many of us on the region and international boards meet via video conferencing, smiling does come more natural. Yet, as you speak to a friend on your cell phone, think about this quote and smile…it will make two people feel great. Try it when you make your next call to invite someone to your next sisterhood event, book club or out for coffee…try it when you might be asking a new woman in your synagogue community to work on a team…or try it when you are on the nominating committee for next year’s slate of officers and you have the opportunity to ask a member to join the board. That smile in your voice, those on the other end of the call will be able to “hear” it…and it will hopefully make a difference in their response and in your day.

Wishing each of you a meaningful and peaceful Shabbat,