THE POWER OF HER SMILE

What makes this lady beautiful?  The power of her smile!   Norman Vincent Peale wrote, " Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine, forget self, think of others."  That sums up Sylvia Arnold. I met Sylvia many years ago while we were both coaching high school cheerleading. The girls and boys at Coupeville High School were so blessed to have her as their coach.  She has a gift of igniting their passion to work hard, be better, kinder people and be proud of who they are.  Mac Anderson says, "Attitude is contagious. Is yours worth catching?"  Sylvia's certainly is. She always has a smile on her face and a loving, caring, nurturing attitude. Her faith is her foundation. She loves working with youth from the timid, little 4 year old who is not sure what to do, to a high schooler who is trying to discover who he are. When you meet Sylvia for the first time or see her on a daily bases, her face always lights up with a big smile and she greets you with a warm, comforting hug. She makes you feel very special.  I followed her around on a sunny Wednesday morning as she supervised vacation bible school at Living Hope Foursquare Church in Coupeville WA. I believe the pictures speak for themselves.They show her as she moves through the church she so loves: directing a group of characters rehearsing a play that shares the need to accept each of us for who we are, to helping a little girl with a craft project, to throwing water balloons outside during fun and games time, to proofing a church flyer, to celebrating the amount of food in the youth can food drive, to stopping, talking, listening, and hugging everyone she sees.  Albert Schweitzer wrote, "Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light".  Sylvia is that type of person who rekindles that inner light in people. A big thank you, Sylvia Arnold!