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Bit of Happy #141: Possibility

12 Apr

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible.”
-The Movie, Soul Surfer

Now, that’s an attitude that never gives up. Though, I’ve never seen the movie, Soul Surfer (in fact, I’m not sure it’s even out in theaters yet) is built from an amazing quote and story.

The first time I heard it I was sitting on my bed with my laptop, writing an entry for Little Bits of Happy. I had the TV on for background noise, and for whatever reason, my ears perked up when the trailer‘s main character spoke these words. I looked up from my computer screen and took in its meaning.

Suddenly, as I found myself pondering the depth of this quote, I realized it would be PERFECT to share on Little Bits of Happy. I did a little research, and Soul Surfer was actually based on a true story. It’s about a girl named Bethany Hamilton who lived, breathed and dreamed about surfing. One day while out in the water, a shark bit her, and she lost one of her arms in the attack. This quote comes out of her recovery. Out of her bravery. Out of learning to surf again, only this time without one of her arms. She struggles, but makes it very clear that it doesn’t have to be easy, as long as it’s possible.

I think we can all take a lot from this type of attitude and apply it to our own lives. I think sometimes when the going gets tough, we give up. We walk away. We find an easier route. But this quote is telling us to do the opposite. It is telling us to have the courage to go after what is possible, not what is easy. It is telling us to dream big, and if there’s a will and a way that we can make it our reality.

I hope you liked today’s quote as much as I did!

Happy Tuesday!

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Bit of Happy #137: It’s All About The Attitude

6 Apr

“Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, gift or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.”
– Charles Swindoll

A bright perspective on a truly important aspect of life, Charles Swindoll shares a very powerful message with us. Throughout life, I have certainly crossed paths with times of doubt, times of helplessness. There have been times that I felt like I wasn’t good enough or didn’t try my absolute hardest.

With this in mind, I wish I had found today’s quote sooner. I want to put it right above my bed so that every morning when I wake up, I am reminded of how I should go through each day. 10% of life is what happens to me, and 90% of it is how I react to those occurrences – what an incredible outlook! You can choose to smile about all of the things and people you have in your life, or you can choose to focus on what you don’t have. You can choose to allow unfavorable things that happen defeat you, or you can pick yourself up and throw that smile right back on your face.

Life all comes down to attitude. Are you open-minded and energetic about each situation you walk into? Or are you one to always point the finger and look at the negative first in each experience? Your reaction to what life brings is what ultimately determines the quality of each day you’re given. Given that 90% in life, you have all of the power in the world, and what you make of that power is completely up to you.

What do you think of today’s quote by Charles Swindoll?

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 #66: What TO Wear

14 Dec

My Mother’s Lampe Berger

“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.”
-Janet Lane

I just recently came across this quote, and I love, love, LOVE it! Lane’s words, clever in arrangement, inspire positivity in me and hopefully you as well! It encourages me to reflect on how I approach others. It brings awareness to the importance of expression. That it’s not necessarily what shade of blue I wear that’s important, but rather the way I present myself. If I express happiness to all I meet, it is likely that my happiness will rub off on them. Or at the very least, be one less reason for them to justify their discontentment.

I know that it can be difficult to be happy all of the time. I know that it’s nearly impossible to express happiness throughout your day when you aren’t feeling it in your heart. But I can promise you one thing, the happier you can make yourself seem, the more likely that happiness will become real. Surround yourself with family and friends who love you. Fill your time with things you love doing. And don’t ever lose hope that tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of your life. Go into each day with that attitude, and you’ll be sure to find happiness within your expression.

Do you like this quote? What does it mean to you?


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