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Bit of Happy #105: A Little Bit Stronger

21 Feb

“A Little Bit Stronger”
by Sara Evans

“And I’m done hoping that we could work it out
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around
And, oh, I’m done thinking that you could ever change

I know my heart will never be the same
But I’m telling myself I’ll be okay
Even on my weakest days,
I get a little bit stronger
.”

My past has presented the possibility for me to, fortunate or not, strongly relate to each lyric of this song. And on some level, I think everyone who has risked their heart for love and then was let down has. Certainly not the easiest moments of life, “A Little Bit Stronger,” by Sara Evans describes the aftermath of a breakup. From hearing songs on the radio to having to force a smile and ignore the hurt, the lyrics bleed the truth. They are real and honest. How do I know this? Because I’ve been through these lyrics, word for word.

And I’m not saying it’s a walk in the park. Because it’s not; it is far from it actually. But what I am saying is this… There are really, really, REALLY difficult times in life. Times that you believe you’ll never make it through in one piece. But when you surprise yourself and do find that strength to put the pieces back together… The moment when you turn around and a month has gone by without crying, you smile to yourself a little bit. You get ‘a little bit stronger.’

The moment you realize you need to put your foot down and stop letting him (or her) drag your heart around, you get ‘a little bit stronger.’

Once you accept that your heart may never be the same, but you’ll still be okay… you get ‘a little bit stronger.’

I especially love the lyrics: “Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.” Each day you make it through, it’s a little bit step towards finding who you are again. It’s a little step towards living life without that person. It’s a little step towards leaving the hurt behind. Each day you get further away from the initial day of breaking up, you realize you can make it in this life without them.

And even when you don’t realize that… even when you still believe that he (or she) will change… even when you still hope that he (or she) will come running back into your arms… Even on those days, you ‘get a little bit stronger.’ You get a little bit stronger because even in moments of weakness, it is still time that passes. And with time comes healing.

In my weakest days, I never thought I would move on. In many ways, I was determined to do the opposite. I wanted to hold on for the rest of my life. But looking back on it now… going many, many days without a tear. Going many, many days without wishing he’d come back. Going many, many days without allowing him to drag my heart around. I’ve realized I’m stronger. A lot stronger. And better off.

Looking back on it now, having found someone new… someone who has showed me how I deserve to be treated… someone who smiles just to see me smile, I wouldn’t change a single moment of my past. I wouldn’t change the hurt that I’ve had to endure. I wouldn’t change the choices I’ve made or the moments I’ve shared with people. If I wished for that, I wouldn’t be me. I wouldn’t be able to appreciate and truly cherish what I have now. So instead of regretting the past, I celebrate it. Because without my past, I wouldn’t in the very moment that I am now.

So have a listen, I hope you get the same sense of strength from “A Little Bit Stronger” that I have!

Happy Monday!

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Bit of Happy #96: Remake The World

8 Feb

“As you go out to remake the world, I offer the following bits of wisdom — keep learning, stay awake to amazement, be kind rather than right. And, remember, while you might not agree with this now, being loved is better than being rich.”
-Anonymous

I actually found this quote on a card that was given to me by a family member when I graduated from college. I thought its message was perfect for someone who is graduating, or in a more general sense… turning to a new chapter in life. It reveals a very important lesson that everyone can take something from. Little bits of wisdom.

Keep learning. Stay awake to amazement. Be kind. Love should be held above all things. It’s funny because these are often things I find in many other quotes. These very bits of wisdom seem to pop up everywhere. And it’s that continuous reminder that makes me realize how important this advice truly is.

You know, this quote makes me picture a person after 100 years of life, with skin worn from wrinkles and hair of snow white, speaking these very words. That after being in this world all this time, they have learned – whether at the time or when it was too late – that these are the things that are truly important in life. It would be the advice that someone would give today’s youth as guidance towards a path of no regret. Of fulfillment. Of love.

And in the end, isn’t that what is most important? It’s not having all the money in the world. It’s not the tangible possessions either. But what is important is this… It’s the search for happiness and one day reaching it. It’s finding love and understanding how to appreciate it. It’s living in the moment and learning to cherish those memories.

Life is what you make of it. You can live in a world of gloom and darkness – purples and blues. Or, you can open the window and let the light shine in. The choice is yours for the making.

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 #77: Stop and Smell the Roses

29 Dec

“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

Ever heard the expression… ‘Stop and smell the roses?’ Well, that’s exactly what the quote by William Feather is trying to convey – just in different words. Despite the fact that this expression has become quite cliché, its meaning is something that we too often forget to do.

And what might its meaning be? To find happiness, we need to take moments out of each day to appreciate all of the things that we have in life. Habitually, we find ourselves caught up and lost in the thick of things – what we think are obstacles sometimes very well turn out to be challenges we have created ourselves. And then we wonder why we aren’t satisfied or content with the big picture.

We need to wake up! We need to pull on our humbling shoes! We need to put on our sniffers and seek out those bits of happy! (Okay, that was over the top cheesy. I will be the first to admit that.) But in all seriousness, we need to realize that in life, the roses are always there. Always have been there.

And we are given the opportunity to make one of two choices. We can choose to walk by the beautiful bouquet in ignorance. Or, we can choose to stop and take a moment to appreciate their beauty. Happiness is all around us all the time. And it’s up to you to recognize it, nurture it and allow it to inspire joyfulness each and every day you are given.

Happy Wednesday!

Bit of Happy #72: Looking Back

22 Dec

Today’s quote was submitted by my mother, Christine (very informally might I add). She would never be able to figure out how to download the Submit A Quote form, nor fill it out, nor send it as an attachment back to me! Therefore, I did all the grunt work; being computer savvy was a gift never passed to her through the world of technology. But that’s okay, because after an INCREDIBLY hectic day, she provided me with a quote – and a very good one at that!

When my mom got home from work tonight, she came in my room with a piece of paper in her hand – small and torn. She handed it to me, and in her handwriting was this quote written by Robert Brault.

“Thought you might like this for your blog,” she said with a grin, proud of her thoughtfulness.

I read it over and looked up to her, a smile tugging at my lips. “You’re right. I love it! Thank you.”

And from there, today’s inspiration was born!!!!

Decorating the Christmas Tree

As something we should all keep in mind, this quote brings up a great point. The insight into what is truly important in life – not always the big things – we are encouraged to take a moment each day and smell the roses, or feel the breeze through your hair or the warmth of the sun on your skin.

One of the little things in life that I tend to appreciate the most is the turn of each season. Not only do I love the physical changes each season offers – the beautiful colors of the turning leaves, the budding flowers of early spring, the falling snowflakes of winter, and the growing cornstalks of summer – but I also love the things I can’t see.

The little things that we must close our eyes to fully experience. Like the dewey, fresh smell of spring, or the crisp, autumn coolness that bites at your nose. Like the sounds of summer birds dipping and diving through the air, or the howling of the winter wind at my window as night falls.

If you’ve never taken a moment to take in your surroundings (which hopefully is not the case, but if it is), take that second or two. Or even a few minutes. In the summer, lay out a blanket and stare up at the clouds floating by. Or in the winter, cuddle up next to a fire and listen to the crackle of the burning wood. It’s never too late to pay attention to the little things in life. It’s never too late to appreciate them.

What are some of the little things you appreciate?

What are some of the little things that you may be missing out on? Or that you don’t take enough time to appreciate?


Bit of Happy #65: If I Die Young

13 Dec

This summer, I went to a ‘Sunday In The Country’ concert with some girl friends of mine. There were a lot of great artists who played some of my favorite songs, along with some I’d never heard before. The one that stole the spotlight over all the others was ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry. And it wasn’t just the song that stuck out to me, but also the comment that one of my friends made. There’s no denying the lyrics are terribly sad and unfortunate, but she told all of us that, “It makes me appreciate everything I have in life and grateful for each day I’m given.”

Her words really meant a lot to me and got me thinking about a lot of things. I listened to the lyrics closer after the concert and got the same type of inspiration she experienced. There are countless parts of the song that have me deeply moved, but to call out a few:

(Oh, and the video is down at the bottom today, so you may want to listen to it now, and then come back up to read my take on the song! Hope you like it.)

“Lord, make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother.
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors.”

I loved this part ever since I first heard it. So sweet. So innocent. And if anything ever happened to me, I’d like to imagine my mother under a beautiful rainbow for the rest of her days. She knows more than anyone that life isn’t butterflies and fairy-tales and understands how quickly it can be taken away.

And even with everything she’s been through, she pushes through the dark, gloomy grey into the bright sunlight each and every day. And because of her strength, she has taught me to find my own strength. Words cannot even begin to describe how much I love and appreciate her. How much I learn from her every day. She’s definitely one of the best things that has ever happened to me (and yes, I can say that).

“A penny for my thoughts.. Oh no, I’ll sell them for a dollar.
They’re worth so much more after I’m a goner.
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’,
Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’.”

The truth in these lyrics is undeniable. In these short few lines, an important lesson is perfectly expressed, though sung in a grave, slightly frigid way. Howeveer, the too-late type of mentality that the song takes on makes the lyrics that much stronger. It makes you realize the weight of regret. The weight of ‘What-if’s. The weight of not listening to someone who has been calling out for you… and then dealing with the consequences of being too late.

The song’s power truly exists because of the role the lyrics convey. The perspective of  ‘all of the things you never got a chance to say or do’ proves that we need to live our lives with a little more compassion and sensitivity to others. That we need to say ‘I love you’ to the one’s we love, and not just say it but also show it. You know a song has amazing lyrics when it has given you chills by the end. At least that’s all the proof I need. The Band Perry‘s If I Die Young did just that and more. So have a listen, and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday, by the way! I hope the song found a special place in your heart, as it did mine.

Did you like today’s Music Quote Monday lyrics? What did they mean to you?

Bit of Happy #64: Enough Beautiful Moments

10 Dec

So often life is not filled with love and laughter as much as loneliness and disappointment. But there will be enough of those beautiful moments with very special people that make it all seem worthwhile.
-Javan

First off, Happy Friday! I’m relieved to be home after a ridiculous amount of traffic. Roads were closed everywhere! It was like a maze – a lot of turning around and trying different directions. And that’s not really the best for those who aren’t good at figuring out alternative routes, aka ME! Anyway, I made it home, luckily. Hopefully everyone else did as well!

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Now for the quote of the day! Javan is by far one of my favorite authors. Although today’s quote isn’t my all-time favorite one of his, it’s definitely up there. If you like this quote and some of the others I’ve posted so far, I encourage you to check out more of his quotes. I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed.

I believe there’s a level of truth to this quote. I always try to be as happy as I possibly can. And when I’m feeling not-so-happy, I try remind myself of all the reasons I have to celebrate and enjoy the life I’ve been given. By having this type of mentality, I find myself leading a much happier life. Trust me, it’s much easier to focus on how life can be unfair and disheartening. But seeing the good in every situation… that shows true strength.

To address the fact that the quote speaks of life being filled predominately with loneliness and disappointment, I think that’s relative. I think I have to disagree with that part. I believe that you can choose to look at life in two ways; you can choose to focus on the negativity and drown in it, or you can choose to rise above your misfortunes and appreciate all of your gifts.

I absolutely love the words: ‘beautiful moments with very special people that make it all seem worthwhile.’ These are the cherished moments. The moments that give you strength when you feel like there’s nothing left. The moments that – like a brightly shining star in the dark of night – will never fade.

I think there’s a lot to say about this quote. A lot of differing opinions that can come into play. And I would love to hear your thoughts, your perspective!

Soooo, there’s one thing to do! Share your thoughts!

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