Why Does Pope Francis Smile So Much?
Pope Francis loves to smile. It is his most attractive attribute. When he enters a gathering and beams his wholesome signature smile, it is as if a refreshing breeze has suddenly descended and everyone smiles in return. Even when controversy swirls around him, he looks over the crowd present, his face lights up and peace descends on all present. One columnist wrote, “Long after we’ve forgotten what his position is on Catholic doctrine we will remember the serenity of Pope Francis—his self deprecating lightness of being.”
Besides his captivating grin, he has a sense of humor. And he knows how to use it on himself and on life’s situations. He told the Cardinals who elected him shortly after his election: “May God forgive you for what you have done.” Then he smiled and then they laughed. Ever since that first day, humor seems to cling to his white robes.
When he was asked what his secret to such serenity and happiness was he simply said: “Slow down, take some time off, live and let live." He continued, "Don’t proselytize, work for peace, work at a job that gives basic dignity, let go of negative feelings, move calmly through life, enjoy art, books and playfulness.”
It doesn’t sound terribly difficult or even complicated. We simply have to know where we fit in and then allow space for others to find where they fit. Once this is accomplished, we then remember it’s not all about “me," but about others too.
Pope Francis does this beautifully--it's no wonder he is so serene! He lives his life and he knows how to let others live theirs. In this way everyone works for peace. Sounds like a great plan to inspire joy Maybe we should give it a try! Ready, smile!