Archive | March, 2011

Bit of Happy #133: Vision With Action

31 Mar

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
-Joel Barker

Dreams rise out from a vision, and they will remain dreams if action does not ensue. The true power comes in when you mesh the two – vision and action. Today’s quote by Joel Barker is inspirational. It whispers the secret to making a difference. To changing the world.

Form a vision. Turn it into a dream. And act on it. Make it happen. The most important thing, never lose sight of that vision as you develop a course of action. Each step you take down the path you have created, make sure it coincides with the dreams you initially built.

With that at the forefront of your mind, driving all your efforts, it will be very difficult to divert your plan down a different road. All you need is a little faith and to follow your heart. Do this, and your vision with action will have the ability to change the world.

Bit of Happy #132: What do you see?

30 Mar

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
-Henry David Thoreau

Throughout every second of every day that we spend awake, we are constantly looking at things – as we drive, when we go out for lunch, the work we do, spending time with family and friends, watching a stranger pass on the sidewalk. There are lives living all around us; ones we touch with our own presence, and others we may never come in contact with.

There are plenty of things that we look at on any given day, but what do we see? When you look at a stranger with worn clothes, holding a sign that is asking for money, what do you see? When you look at an acquaintance who is in tears though you’ve never seen cry before, what do you see? When you look at a couple being affectionate and whispering in each others’ ears on a park bench, what do you see?

There’s body language that we take in every day to interpret the lives of others. If you walk past a person in the office with their head down, avoiding eye contact as opposed to someone who looks at you, smiles, and says, “Good Morning,” what do you see about those two people? What is different?

Today’s quote by Henry David Thoreau is asking us to put on our attentive glasses. To be aware and observant of our surroundings. It’s not what you look at that is important, but what you see. What you think. How you interpret.

Look around and realize your surroundings. Learn from them and anticipate the road ahead. Rather than blindly going through your day understand what you are looking at… See.

Bit of Happy 131: Goals Aren’t Enough!

29 Mar

“Goals aren’t enough! You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadlines to make you run. One isn’t much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous.”
-Ben Feldman

A while back, I started thinking about where Little Bits of Happy was going. What do I want to accomplish? When will it be finished? How many Little Bits of Happy should there be? For the past two months or so, I’ve been sitting on these big questions. I started this blog without a clear distinct ending point, and though I had a goal of changing the world through my quotes and my thoughts… how will I measure the success of that?

Though some of these questions are still left unanswered, today’s quote by Ben Feldman made me realize the true importance of deadlines. The goal of changing lives through my words was certainly enough to get me excited, but it’s the deadline that I believe will give me the drive to accomplish it. So here it is:

Deadline: I want to get to Bit of Happy #365 by April 30 of next year, 2012.

That’s right! 365 Quotes – one quote for each day of the year! Like your morning coffee, Little Bits of Happy can become a daily ritual – that little bit of inspiration to get motivated for the day ahead.

Since I have #234 left, and that’s more than twice the amount that I have now, I realize the weight of this commitment. It will take a lot of motivation to still be posting a Little Bit of Happy every day this time next year. But I want to do this. And as long as that passion, that drive stays with me, I know I can do this.

Why does there have to be an end? There are a lot of other dreams and aspirations I want to accomplish in life. And believe it or not, this commitment takes up a great deal of my time. Because of this, it is important to have a deadline – an ending point. Not because I want Little Bits of Happy to end, but because I want to fully experience this and then move on to the next chapter in my life. I never imagined this blog would steal my heart the way it has. I’ve always wanted to start one, but never did I think beyond its beginning. And now that Little Bits of Happy has hit the ground running, up to #131, the next step was to look into the future.

I hope you liked today’s quote, and perhaps felt inspired to create a deadline for a goal you have in life. Deadlines get things started and accomplished. And I think it helps us see that what we want is possible. The first step is to begin!

Happy Tuesday!

Bit of Happy #130: Smile

28 Mar

“Smile”
by Uncle Kracker

“You’re better then the best.
I’m lucky just to linger in your light.
Cooler than the flip side of my pillow, that’s right.”

Smile” by Uncle Kracker is an unforgettable song for its incredible lyrics. It’s pretty amazing when you’ve found that special person in your life whom you admire. Whether a lover, friend, parent, child, that person means the world to you. You feel lucky just to be in their presence. You become a better person simply because they exist. And with that comes happiness. And with happiness comes…

“You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head.
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night.

You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe,
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee.
Just the thought of you can drive me wild,
Oh, you make me smile.”

...a smile. I love the randomness of these lyrics; yet like a jigsaw puzzle, they all have their perfect place. I believe the words come together and describe what it’s like to be in love. Though, in my opinion, the refrain tends to sound more like a deep infatuation for the other, the rest of lyrics are what tie a ribbon around the package and make it whole. Check out these remaining two pieces of verses to see what I mean:

“Even when you’re gone,
Somehow you come along,
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.”

“Don’t know how I lived without you,
‘Cuz every time that I get around you,
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile.”

It’s amazing to realize even when that special person isn’t near you, you can still feel them all around you. Everything you look at, touch, or come in contact with reminds you of them in some way or another. Even when you face a difficult obstacle, they “come along, just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.” They give you the courage, strength and hope that you need to make it through anything. They make you feel like the best person you can be. They make you smile. And that is something I consider extremely lucky to have. Something that deserves to be cherished and celebrated each and every day of your life. Even in the smallest of ways – a little note, a kiss, a ‘how was your day’ – it’s important to show gratefulness, and even more so… to put that smile right back on their face, just as they have done for you.

I hope you like today’s song as much as I do! When I here the intro start on the radio as I’m driving to work, it immediately brings a smile to my face. And I can only hope it’ll do the same for you. So have a listen, and let me know what you think!

Bit of Happy #129: Don’t Miss Out

25 Mar

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness – not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
-William Feather

Sometimes it’s difficult for us to realize what we truly have. If some of the most precious things in our lives were suddenly jeopardized, I believe we would see into a small window of what it would be like without them.

After reading that very sentence, it’s the things that first popped into your mind; those are the things that mean the most to you. And those are the first things you should put most of your effort into. Most of you heart into. Stop to enjoy and celebrate the days you are given.

Each and every day you are given with them should be a day cherished. So hug them a little tighter. Love them more than yesterday. Show you appreciate all of the little things they do.

Your happiness is all around you. You’re breathing it in, basking in its warmth. But until you take a moment, close your eyes and remember all of the reasons you have to be happy, you may let it pass you by.

Speaking of happy… Happy Friday!

Bit of Happy #128: Oldest You’ve Ever Been

24 Mar

“Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be. Enjoy this day while it lasts.”
-Anonymous

Before reading today’s quote, I had never really thought about age in this light. Normally, I find myself thinking about the past and memories I wish I could go back to. Either that, or looking into the future and dreaming about what the coming days may bring. Never did I realize that today, in these very moments, will be the youngest I’ll ever be, and the oldest I’ve ever been.

Along with this awareness, I thought it was interesting that the Anonymous author paired it with ‘enjoy this day while it lasts.’ It’s important that we embrace each moment we have of life. One day we may find ourselves wishing we had more time, and ultimately, the reality is that we may not have that luxury. As unfortunate as life can be in that regard, there’s only one thing we really can do. We can look at the positive. That we have this time right now, in these very seconds. We can appreciate each day we are given with the ones we love the most by showing that appreciation. We can lend a hand each day we are given and help make the world a better place. We can work toward making a difference each day we are given and live out our true calling. Our dreams. Our hopes.

So, my best advice… Realize that right now is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be. Love everything you touch with all of your heart, and do what you can to leave behind a positive print where life takes you.

Bit of Happy #127: What Are You Looking For?

23 Mar

“What you see depends on what you’re looking for.”
-Anonymous

At the very last minute, I found this quote, pretty much just as I was sitting down to write today’s entry. There’s a lot truth in this short phrase, and there’s a lot to be said. Have you ever heard of the sayings, ‘You only see what you want to’ or ‘You only hear what you want to hear’? Well, it’s very similar to the point that today’s quote is trying to make.

It is often that we don’t even realize we are choosing what we see and not see, hear and not hear, believe and not believe, do and not do. It’s usually not a conscious decision, but it’s the way our brain works. There’s constantly millions of little things tugging for attention from our senses. Like right now – the smell of dinner cooking that has crept down the hallway, the sound of my fan twirling above me, the rush of cars racing by, the soft feel of the blankets on my bed, the gentle breathing of my dog, the pressure on my ankles from her body, the various soreness or aches from my muscles, the computer screen, everything in the background… Are you getting the idea yet?

Constantly, I have things demanding my attention. If I weren’t writing this entry right now that is asking me to notice my surroundings, I probably wouldn’t have even acknowledged them in the first place. In order to focus on any one thing, we have to allow other things to fade into the background. It’s how our minds think without interruption. It’s how we get “in the zone,” despite what is going on outside of our world. Instead of opening our mind to everything that is around us, sometimes we find ourselves staying closed in to what we consider comfortable – “our bubble.” And that is the exact awareness that this Anonymous author is trying to bring out in the open.

Do you think it is positive to do this in life?

Do you think there may be a lot of missed opportunities with this attitude?

Do you think this results in close-mindedness? If so, how can we work towards breaking that barrier?

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