Take A Minute To Smile

(Prayer offered on the Public Address system for the entire La Salle Academy educational community on Tuesday morning, 3 October 2017)

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.

Life is short, momentary, repetitive, a roller-coaster really. So what should you do with it?

In religion we learn that Life is literally a journey to happiness. I read that the average person spends about five months of their lives complaining, and over a year crying, but only 115 days laughing. What does that tell us about the happiness of the average person in society today? Let me ask you- How often do you think you smile?  How many times have you forgiven someone? How much have you loved?

In actuality, these questions have immeasurable answers. We’re never going to know or remember how many times we smiled in our lives. That’s just not how the human mind works. Our memory is made up of nothing but moments, and each day we remember less and less of the moments we have had in our lifetimes. So why don’t we make a change right now, and try to make the moments we do remember positive and good?

Today,  I am giving you this life advice.

Be happy. Be loving. Be kind.

That’s it. That’s all that matters. If you’re having a bad day, take a minute to smile. If you’re having a bad week, have faith that it will pass.

Let us pray,

Dear Lord, help us to be more understanding and kind, for it was you who told us to love our neighbor and forgive their trespasses. Help us to open our hearts to love and to find happiness in our day to day lives.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle…Pray for us.

Live Jesus in Our Hearts…Forever.

Maddie Hopkins–Class of 2018