Bit of Happy #93: Our Mission In Life

3 Feb

Ashley, from Laurel, MD, was nice enough to share one of her favorite quotes with Little Bits of Happy today! From the show Felicity, Sally Reardon’s character shares these words with a student of hers who she holds close to her heart. Despite the fact that I’ve never seen the show personally, Ashley was able to put together a great back story of the show before sharing her personal thoughts about the quote:

Felicity is about a girl (played by Keri Russell) who changes her college plans to follow a high school crush to New York where he is going to college. During the first two seasons, Felicity sends audiotapes to a former teacher, Sally, from back home because they grew close over the years. In the audiotapes, Felicity shares experiences of her new life in New York. Near the end of each episode, the teacher sends a tape back, and the viewer hears Sally’s response over the closing scene. Despite the distance between them, these tapes seem to close the gap and present the opportunity for personal reflection and meaningful conversation.

And before I get into her personal thoughts on the quote, I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Ashley for submitting your quote. It means the world to me and is what will ultimately give Little Bits of Happy the power it needs to make a difference!

There are a lot of great quotes about life and love in the show Felicity. One of my favorites is:

“I guess when your heart gets broken, you sort of start to see the cracks in everything. I’m convinced that tragedy wants to harden us, and that our mission is to never let it.” – Sally Reardon

I love this quote because it has a lot of strength in it. It’s true that when something unfortunate happens, whether it is unrequited love or the loss of something, you tend see the world differently after that experience. It happens to everyone, and we can’t always control it. It’s our reaction to what happens that really matters.

(I just realized that the last statement is like another one of Sally’s quotes from the show, “I guess I’m learning, little by little, that we decide what our lives are going to be. Things happen to us, but it is our reactions that matter.”) I really love this show, in case you couldn’t already tell!

People should try to find peace with whatever hardship comes along. In the end, it  will make them that much stronger. I think it relates to your theme of “Little Bits of Happy,” because it describes a willingness to stay strong and never let negativity or tragedy take control of us or our lives. I think it’s also about understanding and realizing that it’s not your fault.

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