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Bit of Happy #147: Just Enough Courage

20 Apr

[So, I’ve got a bit of a dilemma when it comes to photographs for this week, and perhaps the next couple of weeks. I have been dying to get out and take pictures of all the beautiful blooming going on outside, but because of my allergies, I’ve been restricted to indoors. As soon as I can get out there, I will and will update these entries with photographs. Until then, Little Bits of Happy will have to go on without them. Now for today’s quote…!!!]

“The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.”
– Mignon McLaughlin

Just enough courage to get from one moment to the next. Each minute, hour, day that passes. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage to get from one minute to the next and other times, it is smooth sailing through countless hours or even days.

But it’s those moments in life that are difficult and challenging that shine true courage. It’s those moments that you have to muster the confidence to get through each second that show your true strength. And even when you have to take one moment at a time to keep from getting overwhelmed, that’s okay too! Mignon McLaughlin gives great insight into what really matters, and that’s finding just enough courage to get from one moment in life to the next.

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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!

Bit of Happy #91: Pressing Beyond Your Limits

1 Feb

“In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them.”
-Joyce Brothers

There are two choices in life – to stay in the safety and comfort of everything you know, or to break beyond that barrier and look past the limits you have created in your mind. Only you hold yourself back from what is possible, what is opportune. The world is reflecting in your eyes. The true question is, how will you reflect back in the world?

When I first came across this quote, I fell in love with its verisimilitude. The power of what this quote is suggesting – to break out of your comfort zone, to press beyond your limits – takes an incredible dose of bravery and fortitude. The more we explore, the more we will learn. The more we push into the unknown, the more we will grow. I believe this quote offers an incredible perspective on life; one that we should all find enough courage to give a whirl.

Bit of Happy #61: Plus Eight

7 Dec

“…A date which will live in infamy…”
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt
December 7, 1941

Sixty-nine years ago today, devastation shook the United States – the world. It was a shock. A terror…

Sixty-nine years ago today, innocent lives were lost, and it was only the beginning. I wanted to dedicate this entry and take a moment to recognize all of those who died during the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941.

Sixty-nine years ago today is a date that will live in infamy. A date that will never be forgotten. So let’s take a moment to remember… and never forget. To bless those who lost their lives. And bless all of the families who were left behind. Let’s hope for strength, courage and peace upon those who grieve in this tragedy, even today.

In life, it’s important to keep the memories alive. I like to believe that you can live way beyond the day you die through others’ memories. By never forgetting the happiness and love, you will not only bring life to that person’s spirit, but you will also find strength in times of weakness.

Life isn’t always easy, and this day was certainly one of those not-so-easy days. The only thing you can do is carry on. Live your life without forgetting those you love. Love others without holding back. And learn without the fear of making a mistake. We only get one chance at this thing called life, and all we can do is live, love, learn and make the best of what we’re given.


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?


Bit of Happy #3: Getting Through the Regret

16 Sep

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
-Carl Bard

I know what it’s like wanting to go back in time.. wanting to redo even years at a time. Things could have been so different if I had just…

But that’s not what life is about. We must live in the present – go from this day forward. I’m not saying to forget the past – remember it, learn from it… but move forward from it. So many of us get stuck in the past, so deep that we miss opportunities in the present. And instead of living in an optimistic future, we stumble – too busy looking back.

Bard says it all in a single sentence. Let’s face it, you can’t go back and start from the beginning (until someone creates a successful time machine). It’s impossible. But something you can do – you and anyone else… You can start from today, this very moment, and open your heart to the possibilities of the future.

What are your stories? Have you ever found yourself living in the past? Wishing you could change a choice you made?

What did you do to move forward? Or better yet, what has this post inspired you to do to move forward?

My Story…

When I was younger, I was very shy, kinda’ (okay, okay… VERY) nerdy, and I didn’t really talk to anyone in school. I wasn’t involved in any clubs or sports – I’d gotten cut from the soccer team right before school started my freshmen year. I got made fun of – not to the extent of being thrown into lockers, but I was far from prom queen. At home, I was my normal goofy self – happy and outgoing.

Something about school just zipped my mouth and the key had a very good hiding place. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just open my mouth. Was it fear? Was it a lack of confidence? Was it out of my comfort zone?

My past was consumed in silence…

I’ll never forget the morning of the first day of tryouts for Field Hockey. I had no idea what I was doing or how to play the game (not even that you couldn’t hit the ball with both sides of the stick). I remember sitting in the car with my mom, butterflies nauseating my stomach.

“I can’t do this. I can’t do this,” I said, my heart running a marathon.

“You don’t have to do this. But I know you can,” my mom said, ever encouragingly.

I’ll tell you this, I don’t know what made me get out of that car – whether it was the leap of faith that I was talking about in an earlier post, or the mere thought of ‘what do I have to lose?’

So I learned quickly and had a sort of natural talent for the sport. I managed to make the cuts.. I made the Varsity Field Hockey team. I couldn’t believe it – my life was about to change, and I had no idea what was in store for me.

The senior Field Hockey girls brought me under their wing and taught me everything I needed to know. They taught me what confidence was. They taught what it was like to have a close circle of friends. They taught me not to fear the unknown, but rather embrace it. To take the risk. To take the chance. To step out of the past that was swallowing me up and move forward with the ‘me’ that I wanted to be.

Sometimes I think about what my life could have been like if I hadn’t gotten out of the car that morning…

Letting my past get the better of me for all those years is something I can say I truly regret. But I’m proud of myself for having the courage to step out of the darkness and into the light of the present.



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