Saturday 10 December 2016

Lesson 1: Some days, it's very hard to smile

Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30

Brendan O'Connor: Smiling is the best possible way of fooling yourself into thinking that everything is great.
Brendan O'Connor: Smiling is the best possible way of fooling yourself into thinking that everything is great.

What I need is a producer. In fact, there is a sense in which we all need a producer in this life, someone whose job it is to make you the best version of you that you can be. Just as the opening music was ending on the Saturday Night Show, the producer at one time used to say one word into my ear - "Smile!" It's not that I'm an unhappy person. I just need to be reminded to smile. And when I do I'm always glad. You never regret a smile.

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We all forget to smile sometimes. I need someone to walk around behind me not reminding me memento mori, but just to say that one word - "Smile". I was thinking I might write it on my hand, but that would be even weirder than walking around smiling sporadically and randomly, as I currently do.

Luckily most of the people I see in my day-to-day life do remind me to smile. They ask how the smiling is going, which causes me to remember to give them a big cheesy grin. And I have to say, people seem to get a smile out of it. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say they laugh at me. But I'm OK with that. A prophet in his own land and all that.

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