Friendly Face

'Friendly Face' Ink drawing by Jina Wallwork

Friendly Face - Jina Wallwork

 

A smile delivers an invitation, welcoming your presence. In a room full of people, we will always gravitate toward a smile. It creates a feeling of security that repels any feeling of awkwardness. It tells us that we are safe and understood. A friendly face creates new bonds while also strengthening those relationships that have already formed.

When we travel through dark days, we lose our smiles. Tears strip away our friendly faces. We watch the fish traveling through the rivers of sorrow that we have created. The river expands with every teardrop. Our faces are full of pain and are no longer inviting. But all is not lost, because we are surrounded by true friends who see more than the expression on our faces. They see beyond the sorrow and the pain, and they walk through all the barriers that we have created. They don’t walk away, because they recognize that we need a friend. A smile will invite everyone, but our tears will request only the presence of our true friends. Offering us support and understanding, they arrive with friendly faces.

 

'Friendly Face' Ink drawing by Jina Wallwork