Have you ever walked by someone, smiled and said hello but they didn't respond? How did it make you feel? I smile at everyone. I can't help it's embedded deep into my roots. It used to infuriate me. I would get angry and want to go back and ask them why they didn't smile back or why they didn't say hello.
Then I paused for a second. It isn't about them smiling back. It's about me just being kind and offering what I can at that very moment to someone who might need to take a smile, without giving me one in return. I am hopeful that person will pass it on someone they encounter during the day. It's ok to not get something in return because there will be a day, I will need a smile myself.