Archive | January, 2011

Bit of Happy #90: Stand

31 Jan

“Stand”
by Rascal Flatts

All of us know what it’s like to feel alone. Helpless. Vulnerable. “Like a candle in a hurricane. Just like a picture with a broken frame.” Life comes with a lot of uncertainty. The unknown can be very overwhelming. One minute your traveling along a newly paved road, and the next you find yourself taking twists and turns down a beaten path with no end in sight. “Stand” by Rascal Flatts recognizes those bumps in the road, but also shows the strength and patience people have to find the next right turn.

“Because when push comes to shove,
You taste what you’re made of.
You might bend ’til you break,
Because it’s all you can take.

On your knees you look up,
Decide you’ve had enough.
You get mad, you get strong.
Wipe your hands, shake it off,
Then you stand.”

 

I had a hard time finding the song I wanted to share this week, but the moment I skimmed over “Stand” in my iTunes playlist, there was no question. The lyrics are pure and real. Like the sunlight through a dusty window, this song shines truth and strength, overpowering the uncertainty that life sometimes leads.

Life’s like a novel,
With the end ripped out.
The edge of a canyon,
With only one way down.

Take what you’re given,
Before its gone.
Start holding on,
Keep holding on.”

It expresses the fight and determination. The hope and appreciation. We all have it inside of us. Burning inside of us. Sometimes it’s not always easy to find, but once our search crosses paths with that passion, we never give up. We uncover a new direction. And we don’t stop until we are back up on our own two feet. This song has never failed to give me the inspiration I need to keep fighting when things get tough, and I hope it can do the same for you!

Happy Monday!

Bit of Happy #89: The Opposite Of Life

28 Jan

“Death is not the opposite of life. It is a part of life. A part we’ve not yet explored, and it is only natural to fear what we do not understand. But with the right attitude, we can make life beautiful. With this same attitude, can death not be the same?”
-Javan

It’s hard for me to find the right words to say to even begin a discussion about this quote. I don’t even know why it’s so difficult. The only reason I can put into words is that I simply can’t imagine anything more beautiful than life – it’s a whirl of experiences, growth and emotions. It’s like a wave of events that stir up a sea of different outcomes. It’s challenging, hopeful, disappointing, celebratory, sorrowful, promising. If we knew how our lives would turn out in the end, where would there be room for excitement? Opportunity? Choice? Possibility? Would we even be able to give meaning to those words?

And I know that everything I am saying right now points a million and five arrows at… what lies in the unknown in relation to death is a positive thing. But, unfortunately, I can’t say that. I struggle with the thought of one day leaving this world and all of the people I love who are in it. So much so, that I often keep my mind away from the entire concept of death. Of the unknown.

Instead, I choose to focus on the positive and living every day to its absolute fullest, in the best way I know how. So when the day comes that the inevitable happens… when the day comes that I dip into the unknown… when the day comes that I leave this world, I will, at the very least, be able to say I did everything I could. That I made every effort to make the lives of others better. That I took chances. That I made mistakes. That I escaped with no regrets. That I loved unconditionally…

Wow, I really wasn’t expecting such a heavy topic for a Friday. I feel like this is a mid-week type of post. Then again, when you are on the topic of death, what do you expect? But you know me, we can certainly turn this into a positive thing one way or another. And I bet you are wondering how in the world do I like this quote with all that I’ve said so far?! Well, SURPRISE! I do. I like this quote because it makes me think. It challenges me. Makes me incredibly uncomfortable. It pushes me out on a limb and forces me to make a choice. Or, at least, begin to work towards one… Gee, that doesn’t sound like such a great thing after all. But you know what, it is. It’ll press me to my limits. Perhaps even break me. But in the end, you know what it’ll do? It’ll make me stronger.

Will I ever be able to see death as a beautiful thing? As something positive? As a reason to find optimism? I think if I can get myself to a point where I agree that death is a part of life, and not life’s end, I believe I could possibly see it as something beautiful. Will I ever be able to adopt this type of mindset? That’s as unknown as the topic at hand…

And with all of that said.. I don’t know what else to say, because I sure said a lot, and I feel like it’s kind of a jumbled mess of words. I feel like I normally have a little more organization to my entries. I don’t even know if it’ll be comprehensible by another human being. So, good luck! But I would love to hear your thoughts on how this quote makes you feel! Perhaps you can make more sense of it than I can. Hopefully it inspires thought and question, and maybe even some comfort in the very possibility that there is beauty in one day leaving everything we know.

Bit of Happy #88: What Do You See?

27 Jan


One of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed:

Ice storm of 2009 (or at least, it makes for great photography!)

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.”
-Betty Smith

Whether looking through novice eyes or ones filled with wisdom, the way you choose to see the world around you is solely up to you. Commit yourself to a life of appreciation, of wonder and of possibility. Why? Well through my eyes, this creates a world of magic, each turn through this journey is new and different. It hones your ability to pay attention to detail. It brings the important things in life into perspective. It encourages you to treasure each moment your heart continues to beat.

I love this quote by Betty Smith because it is a reminder to soak in our surroundings as though we’ve never seen it before, or as though we will never have another chance to see it again. May we make this promise to ourselves. May we wear this new set of eyes throughout each and every day. May we spread its important message to others. After all, who is to say we can’t? Why can’t we view everything as though we are seeing it for the first or last time? What is stopping us?

Bit of Happy #87: It All Begins In The Mind

26 Jan

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
-Frank Outlaw

Like a small seed planted into the ground, your destiny begins from a simple thought. As the thought turns into words, which turns into actions, what was once a tiny seed begins budding in new growth. From your repetitious actions, habits slowly form, and your character begins to emerge. And who you are and the path you proceed in this life will ultimately determine your fate.

I think this is an incredible quote and offers some great advice. It shows the power of a simple thought and its ability to lead you into the future. Watching what you think, what you say and how you act is good practice for anyone. Focusing on positive thoughts will bring positive words, actions and habits. Building an optimistic character will spread that same optimism all around you. And by surrounding yourself with happiness, love and strength, a beautiful flower will begin to blossom.

Bit of Happy #86: Like A Falling Star

25 Jan

“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.”
-Marie Beynon Ray

Magical like a sparkling star, delicate like a melting snowflake – our hopes and dreams. They are everything we want to do. Everything that we hope and wish for. Everything we want to accomplish. And it’s the very possibility of all of those things coming true that we find incessantly alluring. The motivation for getting up each morning. The reason for living.

Awareness of time, of opportunity, of all the things we need to accomplish to feel complete… that is most important in seeking our ultimate happiness. This quote recognizes the precedence of time. Of living in the moment. Of not taking one second for granted. Because the true reality of it all is that we never really know when this moment will be our last. And with the weight of that realization, we are motivated to learn how to take each moment and cherish it. To live to our fullest potential. Because like the delicacy of a snowflake and the resilience of a falling star… is time. Is our hopes. Is our dreams. And if we don’t take each moment and spend it in the best way we can with what we are given, we may very well be too late.

Bit of Happy #85: I Could Not Ask For More

24 Jan

I Could Not Ask For More
by Edwin McCain

Though there are many Edwin McCain songs I adore, “I Could Not Ask For More” is probably one of my favorite love songs in regard to lyrics. The undeniable love expressed through these words and the ever gratefulness of possessing that love brings this song to life. The selflessness and docility of the relationship portrayed bare optimism for the possibility – the possibility of finding the kind of love where… you couldn’t ask for anything more. And because of that very possibility, I revisit this song often when I’m looking for a little hope.

To pick out a few of my favorite verses:

“Lying here with you,
Listening to the rain.
Smiling just to see,
The smile upon your face.”

Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to live in this moment. At times, I’ll lie by my window and just listen to the droplets of a warm summer rain. And sometimes I find myself wishing when I looked over, there had been someone there lying with me. In that moment.

And as much as you may see this as an adverse recollection, I see it as opportunity. The opportunity to truly appreciate and cherish that moment when I finally do find someone to share it with. To me, there’s no better feeling than being with someone who can make me smile with their smile alone. That’s when I know I’m truly happy – when I can mirror the same optimism, no matter what kind of day I’ve had.

“Looking in your eyes,
Seeing all I need.
Everything you are,
Is everything to me.”

I think it’s pretty plain to see why I’ve fallen in love with these lyrics. I hope I can one day look into the eyes of the love of my life and see the world reflecting back at me. And this verse, more than any other lyrics I’ve ever come across, has conveyed this very connection I can only dream of one day possessing. And if I am blessed with this kind of love, I can only hope to then learn how to cherish it each and every day of my life.

Bit of Happy #84: A Brand New Tomorrow

7 Jan

Morning Ice Storm in 2009.

“Tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of your life.”
-Trading Hearts

Happy Friday, everyone! Unfortunately, I’m not feeling too well today, but I did want to take a moment and post a quote. It’s a very optimistic approach to looking at life and the road ahead. This quote by Trading Hearts inspires me to take each day and treat it as a new beginning. I believe its words can encourage many with that extra push of hope and motivation to get out there and live life to the fullest! To put the past behind them. To go through each day with a smile. To accomplish all of the things they’ve ever dreamed of doing. To reach their passion in life.

And now it’s your turn – to treat tomorrow as your new beginning. What will you do with it?

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