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Bit of Happy #145: The Call

18 Apr

“The Call”
by Matt Kennon

When I first heard today’s song about a year ago, it moved me – practically brought me to tears. I thought about it the other day and couldn’t remember what it was called or who it was by. But one thing I could never forget is its message. “The Call” by Matt Kennon shares two incredible stories about the effect we can have on each others’ lives – on our loved ones, friends, family and possibly even strangers. Our words of kindness and courage can really mean a lot to someone in need; perhaps more than we will ever know.

Take a moment to listen to today’s Music Quote Monday, and the music video is pretty good too. Though it is a little sad, it is mostly happy in its conclusion, and I think it’s impossible to be disappointed with its underlying message:

“If someone you know is weighing on your mind,
And needs a friend on the other end of the line,
Don’t hesitate what you say may seem so small.
But who knows,
They might be glad you called.

So, make the call.”

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Bit of Happy #130: Smile

28 Mar

“Smile”
by Uncle Kracker

“You’re better then the best.
I’m lucky just to linger in your light.
Cooler than the flip side of my pillow, that’s right.”

Smile” by Uncle Kracker is an unforgettable song for its incredible lyrics. It’s pretty amazing when you’ve found that special person in your life whom you admire. Whether a lover, friend, parent, child, that person means the world to you. You feel lucky just to be in their presence. You become a better person simply because they exist. And with that comes happiness. And with happiness comes…

“You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head.
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night.

You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe,
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee.
Just the thought of you can drive me wild,
Oh, you make me smile.”

...a smile. I love the randomness of these lyrics; yet like a jigsaw puzzle, they all have their perfect place. I believe the words come together and describe what it’s like to be in love. Though, in my opinion, the refrain tends to sound more like a deep infatuation for the other, the rest of lyrics are what tie a ribbon around the package and make it whole. Check out these remaining two pieces of verses to see what I mean:

“Even when you’re gone,
Somehow you come along,
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.”

“Don’t know how I lived without you,
‘Cuz every time that I get around you,
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile.”

It’s amazing to realize even when that special person isn’t near you, you can still feel them all around you. Everything you look at, touch, or come in contact with reminds you of them in some way or another. Even when you face a difficult obstacle, they “come along, just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.” They give you the courage, strength and hope that you need to make it through anything. They make you feel like the best person you can be. They make you smile. And that is something I consider extremely lucky to have. Something that deserves to be cherished and celebrated each and every day of your life. Even in the smallest of ways – a little note, a kiss, a ‘how was your day’ – it’s important to show gratefulness, and even more so… to put that smile right back on their face, just as they have done for you.

I hope you like today’s song as much as I do! When I here the intro start on the radio as I’m driving to work, it immediately brings a smile to my face. And I can only hope it’ll do the same for you. So have a listen, and let me know what you think!

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 #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 #53: Count Your Blessings

25 Nov

Rocking Chair by a Warm Fire, December 2009

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.”
-Anonymous

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! I hope each of you takes a few moments at some point today to recognize all of the wonderful things you have in life. Family, friends, a roof over your head, food to eat, a warm bed to sleep in are just scratching the surface. Look around you and take the time to count all of your blessings. And if they are specific people, let them know how grateful you are for them to be in your life.

I came across this quote today, actually. I was in search for a great Thanksgiving Day quote and felt this one fit perfectly! I loved the sense of selflessness, “give without remembering,” and appreciation, “receive without forgetting,” that can be learned from this quote. By giving without regard to oneself, you learn to be selfless. By receiving from others and never forgetting that gift, we learn to appreciate. I think if we all try to live a little more by this quote, there will be a lot more happy to spread around!

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Bit of Happy #45: My Wish

15 Nov

I love, love, LOVE this next one. It’s a country song. I know, I know – two country songs in a row, but it really sums everything up; right in these very lyrics are all the things I would hope for, for all of the people I love the most! And to even expand that – EVERYONE! I wish this kind of life for everyone in the world. Truly, I mean that. There’s a lot you can take and learn from in this song. All of life’s most precious moments and teachings.

I believe this song shows that each and every person – you deserve all of these things – “your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.” I hope you learn to appreciate and cherish all the things this song talks about – “I hope you always forgive and you never regret, and you help somebody every chance you get.” And above all things, I hope you can find this type of strength every day of your life when you get up in the morning and close your eyes at night – “And if one door opens to another door closed, I hope you keep on walking until you find the window.”

Can you guess it? If you don’t know it.. it’s called “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Take a moment to listen to the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it.

I always imagined giving this song to my children (with the hope of one day being blessed with that experience, that is). The strength and encouragement within the lyrics are undeniable – the same strength and encouragement I wish to give my children every day for as long as I live.

It’s funny – the director of my mom’s preschool must have felt the same way, because she chose this song to sing for the end of the year at their graduation ceremony. For one, it amazed me that the teachers even wanted to take on the challenge of teaching such a complicated song to their little ones. And two, what was even more amazing is they learned. It shows you can teach anything with the proper patience and enthusiasm. Anyway, I wish I could show you the video of these children singing this song. It was absolutely precious. Beyond precious. And even though they probably didn’t fully understand the lyrics at that moment, I surely hope they one day find themselves living each day through that song.

Just figured this was a little story of hope to bring a few smiles. A way to start off the week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

Do you have a favorite part of the song? Find it inspiring? Encouraging? Motivating?

What lyrics can you take and learn from “My Wish?”

Bit of Happy #32: Carry Him With You

27 Oct

Khristine stumbled upon this quote while reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. She felt it could shed some spiritual light on my blog and personally found it optimistic in a time of hardship. Khristine did an AMAZING job sharing the following story with me and now, with all of the readers of Little Bits of Happy. It’s heart-felt, enlightening and reflective on how life can seem to be falling apart in the moment, but all you need is a little faith and guidance to find comfort in the truth – that there’s always room for opportunity in life. So here it is, and a special thanks goes out to Khristine for taking the time to share this. THANK YOUUUU!

Photograph submitted by Khristine, VA (Two.Toned)

“There’s one story behind this, and it’s quite interesting. I do not consider myself to be a very religious person and do not attend church every Sunday, but I do have strong faith in God. When my ex-boyfriend, Dave, ended our 3-year relationship only to find out he replaced me with one of my friends a few days later, I was devastated. I felt betrayed – not only by my boyfriend, but also by my friend who I was there for whenever she needed me. I didn’t know how to move on, and I was confused. It was a time when I just wanted to get away. In search of guidance, I found myself in front of my church. It was empty inside. No one was there. I sat on one of the pews and looked up at Christ’s body hanging on the cross. I burst into tears.

Being in that quiet church, I felt more connected with God. I usually find myself crying because of how painful it can be to live. I questioned Him: Why do bad things happen? I wanted to know why I was being forced to let go of people. I couldn’t see or hear him, but I felt him right next to me, listening quietly. In my head, I asked God: Why did it end like this? What did I do to deserve this? I am confused. Tell me what to do. Show me the right path. Please, God help me. I need help. I’m begging you. I know I don’t attend church as much as I should, but please, I need you.

I didn’t get my answers that day. Not the next day either. But after about six months, I was having the best time of my life. I found the answers to all of the questions I asked Him on that day at church – not right away and not all at once, but slowly and in many ways. I literally had to let go and allow Him to guide me to the right path. After six months, I fell in love with a guy who treated me like a queen, who swept me off my feet. I was truly lucky! God listens, and it is up to us to reach out and take His hand. His intentions will always be what is best for us.”

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Did you find Khristine’s quote and story inspirational? You can find more of her thoughts on life on her personal blog, Two.Toned.

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