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I Lost My Smile
by Bernice Angoh Lakota

Saturday, August 15, 2009
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"I lost my smile..." that's what my younger brother wrote and it breaks my heart to see him hurt. He was the most affected after our father died. He's so far away. I wish I could hug him and tell him everything will be alright. For Dion-Albert, my awesome,amazingly talented brother. Life has a bag of treasures in store for you....

You can't lose your smile when the future ahead of you is bright and sunny
You can't give up when the journey has just begun

You can't lose hope when the light just went on underneath your feet

You can't lose sleep over the things you cannot change

You can't let go, not when you've been called to be a leader to the people you've yet to meet

You can't lose your smile...not now, not ever, because I love you
and I love your smile.

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Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/25/2009
What a touching, encouraging message for your brother. You can see hope and potential in his future, even while he is hurting and grieving for this time. I love the line, "You can't let go, not when you've been called to be a leader to the people you've yet to meet."
With your love and your prayers, he will make it!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/24/2009
Loving and encouraging; your verses are truly a gift for your brother, Bernice. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Cryssa C 8/22/2009
Hopefully that light under his feet will help to light his path back to hope and smiles that radiate from his heart.
Reviewed by Charlie 8/20/2009
Wisdom here in these lines. I see vividly the light under those feet. Walk on light...that's beautiful.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/16/2009
It is often easy to lose our smiles and lose our way but with enough love from those around us, we can be guided back to where we left it or even to a place where we can find a brand new one. You are doing right just by loving your brother and letting him know it often...
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 8/16/2009
LOVELY!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/16/2009
I hope Dion-Albert is listening to you, Bernice; I certainly am.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 8/15/2009
This is so beautiful and may your brother find peace in his heart...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 8/15/2009
This is so sweet and sincere...but true love never will lose its smile, and that love is through His I have been told...this too will pass...compassion filled write...well done

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/15/2009
Know how your brother feels, Bernice - my world totally turned upside down when my big, strong Daddy died - hard to smile when the one who loved you, was there for you, no longer there -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(

Still trying to recover -
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 8/15/2009
Very well constructed with helping a brother in mind. We can hurt when someone so dear to us dies, but we cannot give into that hurt or it will destroy us.
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 8/15/2009
Your love for your brother clearly comes through in this beautiful poem, Bernice! I hope Dion-Albert keeps this close to his heart always.
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/15/2009
Heartfelt write, Bernice; powerfully penned! Well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Richard Orey 8/15/2009
"I Lost my Smile" is a powerful statement about living.

Our attitude, our emotional state, our feelings about our situation--real or imagined--are remarkably influential in how we deal with life and how life deals with us. I have felt and understand personal tragedy. But life is a journey. Everything has a reason. To give up on life is to judge God's plan for you even while it's in the process of unfolding.

Just as survival and reproduction are two fundamental movers in our lives, so too are love and faith personal cornerstones. When we're feeling down and out is when most we need to express our love for God just as he expressed his love for us in our creation. And that's when most we need to hold fast to our faith: "Not my will but thine be done."

Don't even consider getting off the bus while it's still moving and you're still on the road. Hold your head up and smile and give God a chance. The best is yet to come!

Thank you for sharing the concerns of your heart, Dear Bernice.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/15/2009
Bernice, this is beautiful...I especially like, "You can't lose sleep over the things you cannot change."
Reviewed by George Carroll 8/15/2009
We all need encouragement when life takes someone away from us that we love and you have shown that compassion for the hurt he is going through

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