Some days, it’s easy to smile. You wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, with the warm glow of the morning sun cradling your face. You take several deep, cleansing breaths standing beneath a perfectly cascading shower, just before drawing a smiley face on the steamed-up glass with your index finger. Your significant other makes your coffee, just the way you like it. You hit every green traffic light. You sing to your favorite music. And you arrive at work refreshed, excited, and anxious to create and collaborate and enjoy your work.

But not every day starts this way. Sometimes you wake up to chaos, in your head or in the world around you. You hit snags, and bumps, and roadblocks at every turn. You try too hard, or don’t try enough, and things fall apart, or things fall short. You struggle, you fight yourself and other people, and you find yourself wishing you could stop the world so you could get off for a while.

But there is an alternative. When things go wrong, you can fall down or look up. You can shut down or wake up, all over again, starting from right where you stand. You can accept that the days won’t always look bright, but commit to finding something worth smiling about. Not sure what that might be? It’s all up to you each day in how you respond. I promise that if you look at any given situation there is always good in there somewhere. Just open your eyes and look…

With that I ask you, what makes YOU smile? †Ω