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Where Did That Smile Come From?

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

Connecting the Dots to Create Stories


We look forward to the future.

We learned this trait at a very early age. When Mom’s smiling face appeared to our infant eyes, we knew something special might follow; and we learned the correct response—a giggle here, a smile there, or maybe we blew a few baby bubbles. Throughout our lives we bet on a future that would come to pass because of the care we took to follow some pattern we thought would achieve the desired result:

  • If I share the new recipe, my friends can enjoy it as well.

  • If I pay attention, my marriage will succeed.

  • If I get a certain degree, my career will blossom.

  • If I follow the teachings of a community of faith, my life will be drawn to a fulfilling place.

We look forward. But…


Doubting is very easy. Doubt sets in when over a long stretch things don’t happen as we had planned or hoped. Doubt sets in when we fail. Doubt sets in when we get discouraging results. Doubt sets in when…we doubt.

We look forward but do not see a hoped-for result. What then?

Maybe looking back would help.