Motto, mantra, adage, precept, axiom, war cry, saying....All of those work.
I heard this somewhere during Jr. High, or High School, and have never forgotten it. I LOVE IT!!! It actually got me started on this whole Emily Dickinson kick, loved that to. So few words, such great points. Simple, yet strong.
I've seen it two different ways, both are perfect!
They might not need me; but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.
They might not need me —
yet they might —
I'll let my Heart be just in sight —
A smile so small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity —
I've always been a smiley kind of person, even before hearing that. But after, it put a whole new meaning into being happy. I've gotten various monikers over the years, one that has been repeated in different circles from completely different people is "Smiley". People ask me why I'm always smiling and my constant reply, "Why not?"
I've had a couple bizarre days at church when someone came up to me and said, "Hey, I just wanted to tell you, I love your smile! It brightens my day when I see it." For the record, the lady that said that one radiated joy herself, I couldn't look at her and not smile, just seeing her made me happy! :)
One thing that I have found. When you smile others do to. Why not spread it around a little? It's so simple and doesn't anything at all. And since when has smiling made you feel worse? (When you're already angry and forced to smile doesn't count)