Archive | September, 2010

Bit of Happy #13: Always Remember

30 Sep

A photo taken by one of my family members; My Grandfather and I.

“Missing someone gets easier every day because even though you’re one day further from the last time you saw them, you are one day closer to the next time you will.”
– Anonymous

Losing someone you love is never easy. It can be just as difficult seeing someone you love lose someone they love. There are never enough of the right words to say. Never enough hugs or ‘Thinking Of You’ cards that can express your true sympathy. This quote, however, helped me find hope in my deepest despair. In my deepest sympathy of those I love.

Have you ever lost someone you love?

Share this quote with someone you love who may have lost someone close to them.

Bit of Happy #12: Spread the Happy!

29 Sep

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
-Buddha

This quote had me imagining…

The darkness of a cool night. (I’d say close your eyes and visualize this, but you obviously can’t read with your eyes closed… So, just picture this as you read it.) All of your surroundings are shaded with the dark blue of night. Shadows of black gather in the corners. And out of the darkness, a tiny light appears. A light so tiny that you are left wondering if it’s just your imagination. And then suddenly, it splits into two lights. Then three. Four. Five. You blink and rub your eyes, thinking you are just seeing things. The tiny flames are slowly coming closer, shedding light into the dark corners. Six. Seven. Eight.

Slowly you can begin making out distant faces – they are happy and warm. You can feel a sense of vulnerability as they approach. Should I open myself to them? Nine. Ten. Eleven. All of the candles are burning brightly. No one candle is burning more bright than the next. Twelve. Twenty. Forty. Suddenly, you can no longer decipher which was the original light. Fifty. Sixty. Seventy.  Closer and closer they approach, sharing their light with others along the way. Eighty. Ninety. One Hundred.

You begin to feel a pull. A tug at the corner of your lips. You’re smiling. The happiness is contagious. Someone greets you with a returned smile and holds their candle to yours. A flame sparks from their candle to yours as one and then slowly splits into two. A new light brightens. You can feel the warm glow on your face. Just this tiny gesture inspires you to share with others, and you begin lighting others’ candles with your flame.

Beginning with a single flame and having the power to share happiness with others. The power to inspire. The power to bring happiness. The power to hopefully have others share this flame with their friends, family and even strangers. Little Bits of Happy will become the single flame, only to split into many, many more.


Bit of Happy #11: Give Life Your All

28 Sep

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
-Andrew Carnegie

Okay, so today’s quote comes with a fun activity! Well, it’s fun to me anyway. I made what is most commonly known as a ‘Bucket List.’ I’ve been building mine for many years now – long before the movie came out. So below is a list of all (well, not exactly all of them – some are a little more personal than what I’d like to share on the internet) of the things I would like to do before I no longer have that option. These are all goals. Goals that command my thoughts – that motivate and inspire me down to my core, my soul. So enjoy mine, but most importantly:

Share some of your goals. It can be a long list like mine, or just a few of them. What are some of the things you would put (or have) on your Bucket List?


Bit of Happy #10: Never Say Good-Bye

27 Sep

Little Bits of Happy’s First Quote Submission!!!!
Thanks, Amanda

For her senior dance recital, Amanda performed Peter Pan, starring as Wendy. Ever since fourth grade when Amanda experienced her first recital, she had a passion for expressing herself through dance. “The senior class at my dance program had grown really close, considering most of us have been dancing together for at least nine years,” she recalls.

From shopping to sleepovers, Amanda reminisces the moments she shared with friendships that will last a lifetime. “Most of all, our long dance rehearsals and fundraising efforts brought us together,” she says.

The last couple of weeks leading up to her last dance recital before leaving for college were very difficult. The group of girls grew even closer through their dedication to make it to Disney. This opportunity was a first for the Ballet School of Glyndon, and the girls worked relentlessly to make enough money to live this dream-come-true. Their hard work paid off, and reality hit as they were boarding the plane to Florida. Within hours they would be dancing in Downtown Disney. Amanda says, “It was a bittersweet moment. We knew that everything we did together could be our last before we went our separate ways.”

On the night before Amanda’s Peter Pan recital, her teachers gathered all of the senior dancers and gave each of them a card. Beyond the envelope was this quote: Never say good-bye because good-bye means going away, and going away means forgetting.

Even after her recital of Peter Pan, Amanda says, “It reminds me that I will never forget the friends and times I had at my ballet school, because I will never say good-bye to them. And they will never say good-bye to me.”

Photograph Submitted By: Amanda Wheeler

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Bit of Happy #9: Make a Promise

24 Sep

“Promise yourself to be strong – that nothing can disturb your piece of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all of your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as your are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievement of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
-Christian D. Larson

It’s hard to find the words to say after reading a quote like that. This one has left me speechless time and time again. The only valuable thing that can stand up to this quote is that I strive, every day, to live, breathe and dream the essence exuded through these words. This quote inspires me to make a promise to myself – its one of those Bits Of Happy that you should read every morning when you wake up.

It’s the perfect reminder to live your life as happy and as full as possible, while touching the lives others like a budding flower through cracks of gravel. Warm your heart with positivity and warm the hearts of others through your trust and confidence in them. Share your smile with everyone you meet; even the smallest gestures can be the soft rays of the sun in someone’s day.

Could you imagine what the world be like if everyone lived from this quote?

What’s one thing you can learn and take from this quote?

How will this quote change the way you live your life?

Click on the card below to print out this quote. Place it on your nightstand as a reminder to start your day with a new promise.


Bit of Happy #8: Free Yourself

23 Sep

“Let go of the things in the past, only then can you be free.”
-AMG

I wrote this entry quite a bit ago. And even though it isn’t quite accurate with where my life stands today, I still felt some of you may get some encouragement or insight out it it. It was a fun post at the time, so I decided to post it anyway. So here it is…

Heavy burdens and broken hearts of the past can weigh you down and keep you from flying free, from living life. This quote has been an inspiration in my life, over and over again.

Most recently, I was hurt by a very close friend of mine. Out of no where, he dropped into my life, and we more or less became instant best friends. We were both seeing other people at the time, so a strong friendship built naturally. I trusted him with everything I had. I never imagined either of us hurting one another. And when things moved to the next level as our significant others faded into the past, I was even more confident in those beliefs.

Long story short and lots of drama later, we ended with – he wasn’t ready for anything serious, and I was, well, nothing short of broken. Coming from a past of being hurt by total jerks, I never thought in a million years that my best friend – well, that we would end up the way we did.

But the point of blubbering about all of this isn’t even about my broken heart. It’s the fact that after that… I swore to myself that I would put my guard up and never, EVER let it down again. I was tired and done with opening myself up, only to be hurt. You know, the song with the lyrics: “This time, baby, I’ll be bulletproof” – Yeah, that was my life’s theme song.

Anyway, I met a guy this summer. Side note: I have a track record for terrible first dates and definitely never second ones. And by terrible, I mean either creepy, ignorant, ready to say ‘I Do’ or… I’m just not really feeling it. Well, this new guy was polite, down-to-earth, creative, intelligent and we both had a lot of common interests. Oh, and he’s pretty cute too.

Building, building.. (Man I am wordy today) THE POINT: I would have never even given this guy a chance if I’d allowed my past to hold me back. If I hadn’t set myself free from the last heart break, this prince-charming-of-a-guy wouldn’t have fallen into my life. I could have been curled up in my bed, crying the moment I actually spent meeting him.

That’s what’s funny about life.. Think – instead of hanging onto the guy that’s obviously bad for you, why not get out there and live in the moments you were supposed to live and run into the guy who is right (not literally). But really, if you even have a doubt that he’s not treating you the way he’s supposed to be, he probably isn’t. If your making up excuses in your mind for him – reasons why he isn’t treating you right – then he’s not the right one. I can promise you that.

I was reading “He’s Just Not That Into You” when I was not officially “dating” but being “exclusive” with my best friend. I hated the book. It was telling me everything I didn’t want to hear. That my best friend wasn’t right for me. I was so blinded by him and my misconstrued way of thinking that he was right for me that I thought the book was SO BEYOND wrong. If I just wait a lllliiittttllllleeee longer, then he’ll — stop me there. PLEASE!

But I’m seeing the light. ‘New guy’ has showed me the light. Whether this new guy is the one for me or not, he has put a lot of things into perspective. One – He’s showed me how guys should and can treat a girl. Two – If he and I don’t work out, it simply wasn’t meant to be and someone else will come along. Three – Don’t ever allow your past to burden or impede on living your future to the fullest. Learn from it, be cautious of it (without a doubt), but don’t ever let it hold you back from living.


Bit of Happy #7: It’s Not Always What Meets the Eye

22 Sep

“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
-Helen Keller

Here are TEN WAYS to experience the best and most beautiful things in life:

1.  Put a smile on. Something as simple as smiling can warm your heart and inspire others to do the same.

2.  A little thought can go a long way. Send a ‘Thinking of You’ card or some flowers to a distant family member is the perfect way to raise spirits.

3. Reach out to those in need. Donate money to a charity, take part in a service project, volunteer at a local soup kitchen or other cause.

4. Offer a listening ear. Sometimes you don’t even have to say anything. Just listen to a friend, family member or co-worker’s hardships and show support.

5.  Take a moment. Watch the sunset, soak up your surroundings, breathe in the gentle breeze. Little moments like this can make you feel alive again.

6.  Forgive and move forward. Forgiveness isn’t always easy, but it will free your heart so you can find peace.

7.  Send a loving reminder. It’s the little things that mean the most – call a loved one you just to say ‘I love you.’ Giving and receiving love is the best gift you can give for free.

8.  Express your thankfulness. Showing others that you appreciate them and all that they do for you makes them feel good about themselves, and makes you feel good too.

9.  Lend a helping hand. Hold open the door or help carry groceries to someone’s car – the little time it takes to help others makes big impact.

10.  Show the Earth some love. Plant a tree or garden in your yard or community.



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