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Heeeey! I am about that smile by the way. Yes, the one that you got on your face when you are reading this, or the one that automatically appears when you remember that beautiful soul :-). At least there’s mine.

Just the other day, I was in the supermarket and the queue at the till was annoyingly stuck, IT WAS NOT MOVING! Well, you can understand my frustration if I tell you that I was only lining up for a bar of chocolate (Rum & Raisins of course).

So as I deliberately stretched my head forward to figure out whether there might be a ‘ceremony’ at the till, I realize that the ‘ceremony’ that was going on was that of a mutual connection between two people.

Oh yes, the till guy and a pretty lady who was offloading the bulk of shopping near the bar-code stand. I mean, really??? a virtual wedding as we are stuck with a bar of chocolate in a queue of 10 people who seemed to have shopped for the world?

The scape goat was that the system was experiencing a ‘short failure’. Short indeed! Anyway, I was about to be mad but before that, my eyes within my stretched head noticed the lady’s smile. It was magical , I mean am as straight as they come but that smile could change the heart of a tyrant.

So I realized the reason for the till guy’s dumbfoundedness. He was smitten. I don’t know if the other people in the queue were upset, hehe, but who cares? That smile was important in our lives, it had to be seen, and for awhile! So I strutted out with my Cadbury’s magic that also made me smile.

My point is, a smile is the strongest weapon one can have against the odds of life. You define your own happiness with a smile. It helps you fit where you belong. What’s more, you have no idea how many souls you bless with that smile. If it wasn’t for Adam and Eve, it would probably be the best essence of fashion in a naked world. Whaat? am just saying.

This brings us to today’s edition of PEN AND PAPER POINT where we feature a sultry neo-soul songstress who gives you reason to listen to her songs from beginning to end. Chocolatey, delightful India Arie is one of those lady musicians who have an inspiring and powerful mixture of words and guitar tunes. Written by Anthony Harrington and herself, There’s Hope is a track that leave you feeling grateful and believing in yourself. It is simple, you have the power to be happy. Synthesize these beautiful lyrics. Kisses.

Back when I had a little
I thought I needed a lot
A little was over rated,
but a lot was a little too complicated
You see-Zero didn’t satisfy me
A million didn’t make me happy
That’s when I learned a lesson
That it’s all about your perception
Hey-are you a pauper or a superstar
So you act, so you feel, so you are
It ain’t about the size of your car
It’s about the size of the faith in your heart

There’s hope
It doesn’t cost a thing to smile
You don’t have to pay to laugh
You better thank God for that *2
There’s hope

Off in the back country of Brazil
A met a young brother that made me feel
That I could accomplish anything.
You see just like me he wanted to sing
He had no windows and no doors
He lived a simple life and was extremely poor
On top of all of that he had no eye sight,
but that didn’t keep him from seein’ the light
He said, what’s it like in the USA,
and all I did was complain
He said-livin’ here is paradise
He taught me paradise is in your mind
You know that


Every time I turn on the T.V. (There’s Hope)
Somebody’s acting crazy (There’s Hope)
If you let it, it will drive you crazy (There’s Hope)
but I’m takin’ back my power today (There’s Hope)
Gas prices they just keep on rising (There’s Hope)
The government they keep on lying
but we gotta keep on surviving
Keep living our truth and do the best we can do


Stand up for your rights (echo)
Keep shining your light (echo)
(echo)And show the world your smile



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