The Daily Doable – S1:E5 What Makes You Smile?

What Makes You Smile?
The Daily Doable – S1:E5 What Makes You Smile?

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Hi, this is Tim Maudlin and I’d like to welcome you to another episode of The Daily Doable. Today’s episode should probably be called The Daily Doodle since I decided to draw while I talk to you. But regardless, thank you for being here.

What do you do when you’re feeling down? What do you do when you’re feeling broken? I would like to suggest to you, maybe it’s time to smile.

There’s a great quote by Phyllis Diller. She said, “a smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that. “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Let me tell you a quick story from my childhood. When I was younger, I wanted to be a cartoonist. I thought that would just be the greatest career to have? And then I found out how difficult it was to break into that industry.

And I kind of abandoned that notion. It didn’t stop my love for comics. But I got more realistic about it. And as you saw newspapers dwindle and comic strips getting smaller and smaller, I decided, well, maybe I’ll just put my comics on T-Shirts and ended up doing that.

One of the things though I did love to do and have done a lot over the years is I’ve collected reprints from my favorite comic strips. I have all of the Far Sides. I have all of the Calvin and Hobbes. I have several Peanuts and I have several Garfield’s.

In fact, when I was in college at Ball State, I met Jim Davis. He lives close to Muncie, Indiana. So I got to meet him. That was really cool.

But whenever I’m down, I can pull out one of these reprint books and I can put a smile on my face looking at these silly pictures. And I don’t know, maybe these silly pictures I’m drawing today will do the same thing for you.

Your Daily Doable is this. It’s real simple. Give yourself permission to smile. When you’re down, when you’re feeling broken, give yourself permission to smile.

Now, I don’t know what that is for you, what you do, but give yourself permission to smile and do it. You’ll feel a lot better. You’ll feel a lot less down, a lot less broken.

Now, before I end this episode, I want to talk a little bit about the next time we get together. Because we’re going to continue this idea of brokenness and we’re going to look at the idea of empathy. And it’s really interesting. I learned a lot about empathy from cartoonists. And I’ll share that story next time, but it’s really cool what I learned about empathy from them.

Before I go, I want to invite you to our Facebook group, Do What You Can Now. Also, I would like to invite you to our website,

So until next time, this is Tim encouraging you to Do What You Can Now.
See you soon.

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