A smile can brighten someone’s day, it can change a mood, it can say what words can’t say, especially when it come from the heart. In life , there are days when it isn’t always easy to find someone who is smiling. Oh yes, there is the smile of recognition when you first greet, but it soon turns to talk that removes the smile that had started when you first greeted. Often the smile is automatic, not one that is really felt from the heart up on through the to the eyes. The eyes broadcast a lot if you care to look.
Yesterday I was visiting with a friend who is a DJ. She works in a virtual world, the world of Second Life, her shows can be an hour sometimes two. In a virtual world, you are looking and and interacting with an avatar. Each avatar is worked by an actual person sitting at a keyboard, just like you are. In my friend Sugaree’s room/studio, she is not just enjoying the sound of the music, she is greeting newcomers, and playing tunes, much like a radio DJ used to in the “good ole days”. She is working, for an hour or two, however long she is contracted for, she entertains the audience who has come to enjoy her “craft”. Music being played to entertain and please. Most of the audience is dancing and listening to her venue. The feedback she gets is that we speak, either in voice or text. So smiles are not somethings she can see, we have to let her know that we are enjoying what she is doing.
In the real world, we pass people every day, that we don’t speak to, we stand beside people in close spaces (elevators) and we don’t speak, we could smile.. seldom do we do that either. So.. really we could be in a virtual world, we ignore those around us in general unless we have reason to speak to them, or they are known to us. In the virtual world, we actually speak to one another so that we can interact and find out where (what country) the person is from, and to determine common interests, if any. Interesting isn’t it. Liken it to the “olde days) when we were all encouraged in school to find and write to friends overseas, in other countries or in a different part of the country you lived in. It was fun and educational to find a pen pal. I still maintain contact with people I’ve met only via the post, true now, if we can we do e-mails. Still.. we shared smiles and giggles with letters long before the internet. Now …. we go virtual.
A smile is golden. Satus knows that the little critter makes people smile. He was busy but he brought the little fellow out to work his magic, Smile I did, it was automatic, but it felt real good, I sat with a silly grin on my face and watched while the little fellow went through different programmed animations. That was considerate of Satus. a young man I barely know except through business, he owns a company in SL. Sugaree who I have never met in person, shared her time and her music to bring a smile into the lives of others.. Knowing her makes me smile. She is a special person, I hope our friendship grows, we share conversation, and laughs when we get together and she is not working. Friendships are important,and smiling is also just as important. Where-ever you are, what ever you are doing, use the smile muscle often, It is good for your health!
SL is a virtual world http://www.secondlife.com
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