Smile On My Soul

By Todd Franzen

November 3, 2018

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Smile On My Soul

This topic came up after a conversation with a good friend of mine about the things that make us happy. Smile on my soul is a metaphor for making decisions about what it is that we would like to do and want to do that make us happy and feel good.

It’s funny because most of the conversations I have with my friends usually turn out to be a lot more philosophical and mentally stimulating. It comes from a place of wanting to connect at a deeper level with people that I consider influences and respect.

We went on to talk about standing up for yourself, making decisions that keep you heading in the right direction and just overall topics that make us feel like we are doing things on a bigger level than ourselves.

When we were younger,

we were making decisions that very shortsighted. Frank and I travel the world snowboarding together and we lived day to day with the financial backing to not have a care in the world. We lived a life of freedom that was pretty amazing.

That experience of freedom has helped us define our paths in life. That conscious awareness has been huge in helping me make good decisions to help pushing myself for not only as a person but in my learning as well.

So while I live in remission, these decisions have helped redefine my self-concept and continue to motivate my growth in positive ways.

I’m aware that this isn’t always easy. We are faced with tough choices every day. Making that conscious effort is what its all about and acknowledging when your wrong and make mistakes helps keep yo honest!

My view now

Is being conscious of the decisions I make and how I feel through out the day based on those decisions. Most days I have a good flow and I feel productive. Other days I’m frustrated with decisions people make that affect me.

If I make a mistake, I’ll own up to it and take the hit with my feelings. I know it will quickly pass and continue on with my day.

This is a big change in mindset for me. I would take things really personal and dwell on the outcome to the point that it was paralyzing. It would cause massive inaction in my world.

That doesn’t put a smile on my soul!

So, Continue to make decisions that will help you put that smile on your soul every day! And as you get use to, it will become easer make wise decisions over time.

Todd Franzen

About the author

Todd Franzen is a 2X Hodgkins Lymphoma Survivor. Living in Breckenridge Colorado

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