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Bit of Happy #136: A World With No Passion?

5 Apr

“Without passion, you don’t have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
-Donald Trump

Don’t assume from today’s quote that I’m a huge Donald Trump fan, but I must say this statement has a lot of power. Without passion, without a drive to succeed, nothing great will come out of the effort put forth. In fact, there will be no true effort because there lies an unwillingness to put any amount of substantial energy into the task at hand.

I think it is important to take a step back in life and realize what you are truly passionate about. If it’s about helping others, go out in the world and use that as your driving force to accomplish something great. If it’s about caring for animals, wake up every morning and energize yourself with how you will make that a reality. If it’s about making the world more beautiful, take that dream as your daily motivation to change what is gray and bland into something colorful and bright.

Anyone who matches passion with an undeniable energy to accomplish something great in life has the ability to make a difference. Acquire these qualities and practice them each day. Never lose sight of your dreams, and from there, all you have to do is begin with a single step.

Happy Tuesday!

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Bit of Happy #119: Mind Over Matter

11 Mar

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
-Mark Twain

My friend sent around a forwarded email the other day with a handful of quotes, and this one brought a smile to my face. It was paired with a photograph of a bunch of older women doing some kind of exercise or ballet class, and I found a lot of inspiration from it. Unfortunately, I tend to have this terrible perception of getting old. It’s really the last thing I want to do. If I could find a way to stay 22-years-old for the rest of my life, I would be perfectly happy with that.

Though we all know that is not really an option, this quote is saying otherwise. And what I think it is trying to tell us is that we can always remain young in spirit. In the mind. If we think young, we will stay young at heart until the day we each die. And even when our skin is worn with wrinkles, we can still have that glimmer of child-like magic in our eyes. We can see the world through our imagination and choose to never stop learning. Experiencing. Growing.

I’m not quite sure if this quote necessarily took all of my fears of getting old away, but it certainly put it in a brighter, more welcoming light. Hopefully it can do the same for all of you!

Happy Friday!

Bit of Happy #109: Just Right

25 Feb

“Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart.”
-Winnie Holzman

Have you ever experienced those moments in life when someone says something to you, and it’s exactly what you needed to hear in that moment? Sometimes I feel like there are angels on Earth that come and rescue me in my times of need. Who know all the right things to say to give me the hope and strength I need to carry on. And I love nothing more than to be able to return the same clarity to the people I care about most, and even strangers.

Give more than you take. And help more than need. If the world focused a little more on ‘give’ and ‘help’ and a little less on ‘take’ and ‘want,’ I think we would have a more gracious life with a much brighter future. Like the sun’s rays sifting through the pine trees, a compliment, words of advice or a kind gesture has the power to fill the empty place in someone’s heart. It has the power to bring hope, joy and reassurance in their time of doubt or hardship.

Kind words can be an irreplaceable gift. And sometimes those words are all a person needs to find their inner strength – their drive to keep fighting. To keep breathing. To keep living. To me, there’s no better sense of success than helping people find the light that was always there to begin with. I live for those moments.

Did today’s quote inspire you to reach out to others?

Has someone ever said the perfect thing just when you needed to hear it?

Bit of Happy #108: Waking Up To Optimism

24 Feb

“Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to happen.”
-Anonymous

Today’s photograph is a little different today. It’s actually not a photograph at all, but rather a scan of a sketch I did in high school. I just thought it was a beautiful little doodle of daffodils and would be something different to share on Little Bits of Happy.

With that said, today’s quote is like a breath of fresh air. I love the thought of waking up in the morning, rolling over, stretching my arms and legs and relaxing back into my soft mattress. And then as the first thought drifts into my mind, a small smile tugs at the corners of my lips. Something wonderful is going to happen today – the first thought. And with that optimism, I get out of bed with a little happiness in my step. Carrying that throughout the day, I await and open my mind to a miracle that is about to happen.

Whether that epiphany arises or not, the bright outlook you take on each and every morning is bound to bring positivity into all aspects of your life. It never hurts to dress with a happy thought each morning. To open a brand new day to possibility. Chance. Hope. Optimism.

What do you think of today’s quote?

Do you too believe it has the power to brighten the rest of your day? The people around you? The way you feel about yourself and where your life is going?

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!

Bit of Happy #18: The Door To My Heart

7 Oct

Chicago from the Willis Tower

“You have come into my life through a door I was afraid would never be opened again for many have slammed it on their way out. Feel free to stay as long as you like, but should the time come that you must leave, please close the door gently as you go.”
-Javan

At one point or another, everyone has experienced heart break. Whether from a relationship, family member or friend, someone has slammed the door on your heart. Unfortunately, it is a part of life. A part that many of us would say we could certainly do without. But along with heartbreak, strength later follows. Or at least, I like to think so.

As much as you want to bolt, board and nail the door to your heart closed after experiencing love and loss, you would be letting ‘lonely’ win. And the only place ‘lonely’ gets you is alone. I know it’s difficult to open up your door, your heart to someone new. Trust me, I get it. And I’m not going around saying to open your heart to anyone. But when you find a nice person, when you get to know them for who they are – their values, beliefs, personality – and you can see that they are a good person inside out, what are you waiting for?

And when you find the strength to let someone cross your threshold, find the courage to offer him or her to sit down and stay a while. I promise you won’t regret it. You must take a chance to be happy. Without risk, the reward will be minimal. Without risk, you will never truly appreciate or understand the meaning of the company of another, or whatever it is you are taking a leap of faith for. And even if one day they decide to pick up their things and leave through the door they once entered, you won’t be right back before you started. Actually, you might be worse off. (I’M KIDDING!!!!!!) But in all seriousness, it might seem like you are worse off in the beginning. Especially if you felt closer to that person than you’ve ever felt with anyone before. In the beginning, it hurts. In the beginning, it’s not easy. I’m not going to put whipped cream and a cherry on top of this one. Break ups are never something that can be covered up or smoothed over.

But what you can choose to do is learn from it. Grow stronger from it. Pick yourself back up and keep living your life as full as possible. Look back at the risk you took and be proud of it. Be proud that you refused to allow your past to impede on your happiness in the future. And live on by that very sentence. If the entire world promised to live out their life, not through their past experiences, but through embracing the bright, unknown of the future, I think there’d be a lot more happier people in the world. Life is what you make it. Change what is negative in your life, and optimism shall follow.

What did you find to be inspirational enough to try love again after a difficult heart break?


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