Whilst having one of our odd conversations, Harlin posed the thought about what she called, “The Journey of a Smile”. She expressed the beautiful thought about how it seems to travel from one face to another, from our eyes to our lips, ears to lips or even from the softest of human touch to lips.
Describing the loving interaction of how does the touch when a mother tickles her baby make him or her smile or laugh? From our ears to curl our lips into that smile when a voice, song or an orchestra plays a sweet symphony?
Further her thoughts turned to the fact the the beginning of a smile could be from a dead entity too, a heart shaped rock, a Beautiful sky, the rising or setting sun.
The following was the resultant piece that we went on to write as an expansion of this thought together, we have posted it here to share with you in the hope this to will see the journey of a smile from our simple words in thought to travel across the world of the Internet to arrive upon your own face as you read this.
The Journey Of A Smile
It starts hidden within the depths of the mind as neurons start to fire with a shape that is yet formless. Slowly they start to form patterns of millions of such tiny insignificant little things yet the effect they will have is profound upon us. An image form creating a memory with emotion that releases all sorts of weird unpronounceable chemicals but these names are completely unimportant for in that moment the right muscles move involuntarily hidden within our faces that curl our soft lips into a smile that beams as war as any sunrise seeps across the land.
Does that image start simply from a thought within our mind we interpret as such a happy time since gone that now repeats it emotion upon us? No, perhaps the journey starts with something as simple as a heart shaped rock that emotes somehow happy feeling that travels in an instant from such inanimate objects at the speed of feeling that fires the minds passion to explode as a supernova smile.
It can travel from the physical touch of another soul’s skin as the nerves carry the message of happiness across the body through miles of nerves as roads on a map to reach that final destination where the arch of the smile is always so welcoming. Not just to our own selves but like a bus full of unseen emotions that simply are it travels the road to another soul creating there that same arch so full of the joy of reaching its destination.
As music resounds in harmony through the air that lands upon hammer and anvil of the ear it beats a rhythm that carries further than the loudest echo that shapes a symphony of orchestrated muscles into the crescendo of our smile.
Like that sunshine that rolls across the landscape so too does our smile to those around us for they are now affected. So like light that smile crosses the infinite boundary of human emotion as it travels its journey from person to person. None really knowing why they have been stricken yet rather than question it allows it to grow in so doing they to have now have become a new lighthouse that shines the smile onto even more human ships that pass by on the sea of life.
The journey of a smile is truly unbounded by distance, it needs no medium to carry it, a timeless traveler full of such emotional fuel to journey us to feelings beyond the measure of stars.
Harlin’s final thought was put into this beautiful quote;
I guess smile is an expression of our satisfied or pleasured senses.
(C) Harlin & Lamo The Lion 2018