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Bit of Happy #142: Ohhhh, the memories!

13 Apr

“Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.”
-Oscar Wilde

Memories… Like the first time we road down the sidewalk without training wheels and didn’t fall. Or the time we made a huge step toward finding our true passion in life. Or the first time we got that flutter in our heart from the person we were destined to spend the rest of our life with. Like a diary, all of these are incredible memories that we carry around with us each and every day. Though we may not take the time to revisit them daily, they are never far from our minds, or our hearts.

Today’s quote by Oscar Wilde is an imaginative take on our gift of remembrance. Along with the good memories, some difficult ones are intertwined – ones that we may avoid thinking of. Though, something I’m willing to bet is: despite that these memories may be ones we’d like to skip over, they are also the ones that we have either learned from, grew from, or chose a different path of life because of. These are the life lessons that if you hadn’t endured, you wouldn’t be you! So, with that said… when opening your diary of life, don’t be afraid to celebrate all of your memories!

Happy Wednesday!

Bit of Happy #133: Vision With Action

31 Mar

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”
-Joel Barker

Dreams rise out from a vision, and they will remain dreams if action does not ensue. The true power comes in when you mesh the two – vision and action. Today’s quote by Joel Barker is inspirational. It whispers the secret to making a difference. To changing the world.

Form a vision. Turn it into a dream. And act on it. Make it happen. The most important thing, never lose sight of that vision as you develop a course of action. Each step you take down the path you have created, make sure it coincides with the dreams you initially built.

With that at the forefront of your mind, driving all your efforts, it will be very difficult to divert your plan down a different road. All you need is a little faith and to follow your heart. Do this, and your vision with action will have the ability to change the world.

Bit of Happy #132: What do you see?

30 Mar

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
-Henry David Thoreau

Throughout every second of every day that we spend awake, we are constantly looking at things – as we drive, when we go out for lunch, the work we do, spending time with family and friends, watching a stranger pass on the sidewalk. There are lives living all around us; ones we touch with our own presence, and others we may never come in contact with.

There are plenty of things that we look at on any given day, but what do we see? When you look at a stranger with worn clothes, holding a sign that is asking for money, what do you see? When you look at an acquaintance who is in tears though you’ve never seen cry before, what do you see? When you look at a couple being affectionate and whispering in each others’ ears on a park bench, what do you see?

There’s body language that we take in every day to interpret the lives of others. If you walk past a person in the office with their head down, avoiding eye contact as opposed to someone who looks at you, smiles, and says, “Good Morning,” what do you see about those two people? What is different?

Today’s quote by Henry David Thoreau is asking us to put on our attentive glasses. To be aware and observant of our surroundings. It’s not what you look at that is important, but what you see. What you think. How you interpret.

Look around and realize your surroundings. Learn from them and anticipate the road ahead. Rather than blindly going through your day understand what you are looking at… See.

Bit of Happy #125: Hold My Hand

21 Mar

Hold My Hand
by Hootie and the Blowfish

It’s finally getting warmer, and with the beautiful weather will come some amazing summer songs! I’ve been holding out and trying so hard to wait for spring. And since the first day of spring was yesterday, I’m not waiting a moment longer! I love listening to this song in my car with the windows down and my hand floating in the breeze. “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish has a powerful message that brings people together and shows the strength in taking on the world hand in hand instead of trying to do so all alone.

“With a little love, and some tenderness,
We’ll walk upon the water.
We’ll rise above this mess.
With a little peace, and some harmony,
We’ll take the world together.
We’ll take ‘em by the hand.

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you.
‘Cause I wanna run with you.”

Whether a cherished friendship, the love of your life, or the unbreakable bond between parent and child, “Hold My Hand” has incredibly strong lyrics that can touch the lives of many. With a little love, some tenderness, a little peace and some harmony, this song pulls us closer to our loved ones in a gentle, yet gravitating way.

I hope you listen to today’s song and find the same feeling in your heart that I have!

Happy Monday!

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Bit of Happy #117: Spiraling Change

9 Mar

“Change moves in spirals, not circles. For example, the sun goes up and then it goes down. But every time that happens, what do you get? You get a new day. You get a new one. When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do you’re a little bit different than the one before. We’re always changing. And it’s important to know that there are some changes you can’t control and that there are others you can.”
-From the movie, Half Nelson

Though I’ve never seen the movie, I came across this quote a few days ago and thought it was absolutely incredible. I’m not even sure what kind of movie this is, but if it has a quote this amazing, it’s got to be decent. In fact, I’ll probably make an effort to see the movie now that I’ve found this quote.

Change. A constant motion. The possibility of a similar pattern, but never exactly the same. This type of realization and the way it is projected sheds a new light on how we live – “you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do you’re a little bit different than the one before.”

Despite the minimal quantitative difference overall, each breath we take we have changed in some way than the one before. We are a little older. Hopefully, a little wiser. We may have adjusted the position of our body, or physically moved forward or backward. We may have learned something new. We may have been struck with a vision that we were previously blind to. We may have accomplished something we’ve been giving our all lately. I could go on and on. Change is endless and constant. And the sooner we all recognize and accept that power, the closer we will be to accepting the inevitable – “that there are some changes you can’t control and that there are others you can.”

These changes are the things that happen to us throughout are lives. Some we choose to happen, others are out of our grasp. Some changes are desirable, others can be our worst living nightmare. Today’s quote makes it pretty clear that the importance of change lies in the decisions made proceeding those original changes. It’s not what you can’t control that’s important, but rather what you can.

There are countless instances in life of these types of changes. Does anyone want to share one of their experiences?

Bit of Happy #115: Never Let You Down

7 Mar

This is the song I love to listen to when the weather starts getting warmer. When the snow begins to melt and the golden sun colors the fields and trees with new growth. “Never Let You Down” by The Verve Pipe is one I’ve listened to for a long time now. It’s inspiring and new. Exciting and comforting.

So take a moment to listen to the song and tell me what you think!

“Never Let You Down”
by The Verve Pipe

“I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground.
I’m getting to like this feeling I’ve found.
I’m getting to love
The thought of having you around,
And I will never let you down.”

The budding of a new love explained through these words is quite perfect. It describes that special feeling. The feeling so light that you wouldn’t be surprised if you were walking on air. The belief that you could begin getting used to that kind of happiness. And ultimately, the commitment to the other person that you’ll never let them down…

I hope you like today’s song as much as I do! Share your thoughts!!!

Bit of Happy #90: Stand

31 Jan

“Stand”
by Rascal Flatts

All of us know what it’s like to feel alone. Helpless. Vulnerable. “Like a candle in a hurricane. Just like a picture with a broken frame.” Life comes with a lot of uncertainty. The unknown can be very overwhelming. One minute your traveling along a newly paved road, and the next you find yourself taking twists and turns down a beaten path with no end in sight. “Stand” by Rascal Flatts recognizes those bumps in the road, but also shows the strength and patience people have to find the next right turn.

“Because when push comes to shove,
You taste what you’re made of.
You might bend ’til you break,
Because it’s all you can take.

On your knees you look up,
Decide you’ve had enough.
You get mad, you get strong.
Wipe your hands, shake it off,
Then you stand.”

 

I had a hard time finding the song I wanted to share this week, but the moment I skimmed over “Stand” in my iTunes playlist, there was no question. The lyrics are pure and real. Like the sunlight through a dusty window, this song shines truth and strength, overpowering the uncertainty that life sometimes leads.

Life’s like a novel,
With the end ripped out.
The edge of a canyon,
With only one way down.

Take what you’re given,
Before its gone.
Start holding on,
Keep holding on.”

It expresses the fight and determination. The hope and appreciation. We all have it inside of us. Burning inside of us. Sometimes it’s not always easy to find, but once our search crosses paths with that passion, we never give up. We uncover a new direction. And we don’t stop until we are back up on our own two feet. This song has never failed to give me the inspiration I need to keep fighting when things get tough, and I hope it can do the same for you!

Happy Monday!

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