I miss the smile of the stranger. While our face masks today protect us from a virus, they also hide from us one of life’s most pleasant forms of communication, unspoken though it may be.  And like so many things that we don’t appreciate until they are gone, we pine for it. We long for the smile of the cashier, the waiter, or the passerby. A smile can carry so much meaning. It can be a gesture of gratitude, a signal that what was just said was said in jest, a message that you  are seen and matter, even a semiconscious indication that the wearer of the smile is having a good day so maybe you should too because all is right with the world. One day, let’s hope it’s not too long from now, we’ll be able to take off our masks and freely smile to each other once again. Until then, keep your smile alive. Smile to your maskless family and friends, your neighbors across the street, or your colleague on the other end of your Zoom call. Even if no one can see you smile, smile anyway. It can help you feel better in these trying times. As for the stranger you meet when you are both wearing masks? We can replace the physical smile with one that is spoken. Let your words and tone convey the gentleness and kindness of a smile. In fact, this whole pandemic experience is a reminder of what should be our ongoing mantra: to always act in a manner that gives another soul a true reason to smile—whether we can see it or not.

“Nothing shakes the smiling heart.” Santosh Kalwar

The Kelly Group strives to communicate with kindness, empathy, and compassion. With active listening and deep understanding, we can help our clients define their goals, and create and implement a well-constructed financial plan. For information on The Kelly Group’s financial services, and a calming voice on coping with the challenges of COVID-19 and the uncertainties of an election year, feel free to visit The Kelly Group’s website, www.kellygrouponline.com, and our Facebook Page.  And if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. In fact, we welcome your call.


Stay Safe and Healthy, and May God Bless You and Our Community.

Best regards,

Bryan E. Kelly, CFP®

Managing Partner


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