Power of smile

Hard lessons,
Hard truths.
In hard times without prospects,
When even the strong —
Weary, beaten and numbed —
Learned the hard way
That fears lead to failure,
Wants lead to obsession,
And hope leads to loss.

Eventually all
Give in to the doubts
Whether life without softness
Is worth living at all,
If no one steps up
To light up their darkness.
Someone like you —
Go ahead, try it.
For friends, foes, and strangers alike,
Be the change.
You’ll see it’s contagious —
Fighting the ugliness of existence
One face at a time,
With the simple power
Of smile.