Monthly Archives: April 2014

How a Smile Saved a Life

How a Smile Saved Antoine de Saint-Exupér’s Life: A Soul-Lifting Meditation on Our Shared Humanity
by Maria Popova

Care granted to the sick, welcome offered to the banished, forgiveness itself are worth nothing without a smile enlightening the deed.

Though researchers since Darwin may have spent considerable effort on the science of smiles, at the heart of that simple human expression remains a metaphysical art — one captured nowhere more beautifully and grippingly than in a short account by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, found in Letter to a Hostage — the same exquisite short memoir he began writing in December of 1940, a little more than two years before he created The Little Prince on American soil, which also gave us his poignant reflection on what the Sahara desert teaches us about the meaning of life.

In a creative sandbox for what would become Saint-Exupéry’s most famous line in The Little Prince — “What is essential is invisible to the eye.” — he writes:

“How does life construct those lines of force which make us alive?


Real miracles make little noise! Essential events are so simple!”
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Be Inspired, Be L♥ve

Everyone has a purpose and everyone has something to give, even if it is a smile to someone in need of one.

Starbucks Global Month of Service: Washington Middle School & William Booth Center Projects

by MELODY on APRIL 20, 2014

Every April, Starbucks coordinates lots of volunteering projects in communities all across the United States, and internationally as well. Anyone can join in. Last year, I signed up for a tree planting project in Cle Elum. This year I picked two projects that looked interesting and that I could work around my work week. The first was Friday, April 18, 2014, and was a meal program at the William Booth Center (a shelter and meal program for homeless men). The second project was a middle school beautification project on Saturday the 19th. I had such a great time at both! If you haven’t signed up for a community service project, there’s still time. Continue reading