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Bit of Happy #118: The Gift of Sacrifice

10 Mar

“Anyone can give away something expensive, but only those who understand sacrifice can give away something valuable.”
-Kris Vallotton

A million dollars to a billionaire. A small single-family apartment to someone who owns five luxurious houses along some of the most desired coasts. A Honda to someone who owns a brand new BMW, Mercedes and some other super expensive car.

All of these high-ticket items are certainly expensive. They are all things that some people would love to have. At the same time, the billionaire, luxurious homeowner or car owner may very well give away these types of items to help a family, a friend or a charity. But without the understanding of sacrifice, without giving away something of personal value, they cannot truly embrace the gift of giving.

Until you sacrifice something precious to you to help another – something tangible like food or shelter, or something intangible like your time or your love – you can’t possibly understand the entirety to giving.

I think Kris Vallotton brings up a great point. And in light of the giving season, why don’t we all think of something or some way we can give back to our communities?

I never understood why people gave up certain foods for Lent, or promised to exercise daily… something that is beneficial to only who… you. But that’s not really what this time of year is about at all. It’s about sacrifice. And that’s not sacrificing something for personal benefit… it’s supposed to bring happiness and benefit to others. So, give up that junk food and soda, sure… but give it to someone who needs it. Donate it to a local after school program. Or, take the money that you would have spent on that junk food and put it to good use. Good use to benefit others. Make the commitment to exercise every day, sure… but work towards some type of charity walk or race for the cure. Put your energy into something, sacrifice that time and effort to help others who are fighting for their lives.

How can we help others? I think that’s the true question we need to ask ourselves. And the answer to that question lies in being willing to sacrifice… willing to give away something valuable to our lives. That’s when we put the benefit of others above our own. That’s when we make a real difference. That’s when we learn the true value of giving and of self-sacrifice.

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Bit of Happy #110: Live Like We’re Dying

28 Feb

“Live Like We’re Dying”
by Kris Allen

Why I haven’t shared this song sooner with Little Bits of Happy, I can’t quite explain. But it’s here now! “Live Like We’re Dying,” by Kris Allen has countless phrases within the song that I find myself hanging on to. The realities of life are so apparent and lucid in these lyrics – through the proposed questions and the secrets to walking a meaningful, enlightened path.

“So if your life flashed before you,
What would you wish you would’ve done?”

“And if your plane fell out of the skies,
Who would you call with your last goodbye?”

Embedded in the lyrics are questions. Questions that may be difficult to answer; others that may be as plain as day. But I love how this song makes you think. Makes you question. Makes you evaluate your life, and helps you realize the truly important things. The things you need to set as your top priority.

“Sometimes we fall down, can’t get back up.
We’re hiding behind skin that’s too tough.
How come we don’t say I love you enough?
Till it’s too late, it’s not too late.”

Life can be challenging – even bend you until you break. And out from these difficult experiences, we put on a thick skin to keep this vulnerability from happening again. We build these walls around ourselves so nothing can get in. Nothing bad, but nothing good either.

Is that really the answer here? Should we hide from life because it might end up breaking us? Should we not risk being happy because it may hurt us so much more in the end?

“We only got 86,400 seconds in a day…” to either change what we’ve got and make it better or waste that time doing nothing. We have the opportunity to change our lives, the lives of others.. the world. “Till it’s too late, it’s not too late.” Until we take our very last breath, the world is in our hands. It’s up to us whether we lift it up or break it down.

What will you do with your seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years… time?

Bit of Happy #43: Taken For Granted

11 Nov

“You never truly know what you have until you lose it, and once you lose it, it’s gone forever.”
-Anonymous

In life, it is too easy to take things for granted and too difficult to fully understand how much you appreciate something – that is, until it’s gone. Too often we go through the everyday routine and forget the people and things that mean the most to us. We get stuck in this repetitive cycle and lose touch and attentiveness towards those who we couldn’t see ourselves living without. We begin to take one another for granted – the relationship for granted. And before you know it, you may be going through every day with each other yet know absolutely nothing about what the other is going through. And this happens way too often in life.

So, what can you do? Take a moment. Think of all of the incredible people you have in your life. What if they were gone? Or what if they would be gone tomorrow? Would you treat them differently today? Would you listen more carefully? Would you show them how much you care? Would you tell them you love them over and over and over again because you fear not being able to say it enough? Answering yes to any of these questions – you then have to ask yourself… Am I willing to let the everyday get in way of showing the ones that mean the most to me how much I love them? Am I willing to take the ones that mean the most to me for granted?

And if the answer to those questions are no, how will you change your life? How will you show others you care about them? How will you show them that you don’t want to take them for granted – not for one day of your life? Up until the last beat of your heart, how will you show them you love them more than anything?

I don’t have the answers to these questions. They are for you to answer. And you only. However, a good way to start might be…

Tell those who you care about that you care about them. Tell those who you love that you love them. It never hurts to remind them. Not just once. Not just twice. But every day. Every day, remind them that you couldn’t imagine your life without them.

Bit of Happy #41: Leave it up to chance?

9 Nov

Adorable little flowers I came across as I was
walking along a road near my house.

“There’s a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.”
– Hugh Prather

The hardest part is knowing what moments in your life call for which approach. When you should sit back and let the opportunity come to you, and when you should chase after that dream and make it happen are two completely different things. Depending upon what you’re contemplating will ultimately determine what route you should choose.

The only advice I can lend you is to follow your heart. Don’t think about it too much, and you’ll surely find your answer with time. Just be sure not to suffocate a chance that is meant to be free-spirited. If that’s even a question in your mind, take the passenger seat for a while and see what happens. Otherwise, I say go for it! There are times in life when patience is a lost opportunity.

I know it can be a difficult thing to judge, especially for certain, more delicate situations. But something that often brings me a sense of comfort in all of this is that if it is meant to happen, it will always find its way.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a question (or a few)…

Is there something in your life you’ve been pondering on what you should do? What are some experiences that you’ve learned from in the past that you’ll do differently in the future?

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