Tag Archives: Friends

Bit of Happy #148: Together Forever

21 Apr

“We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade.”
-Anonymous

The type of friendship that we all search and long for. Reliability. Strength. Trust. Honesty. A friendship that will uphold through the thick and thin, in the sunshine and shade. That no matter what life brings, no matter what the obstacle or challenge at hand, two true friends will walk together.

Not only does today’s quote suggest this wonderful, “picture-perfect” friendship, but the author also hints towards it being possible (which is one of my favorite parts!). That, in spoken words, it has come true. That an unbreakable bond can be formed between two people throughout life. That compassion and selflessness can shine through despite the crazy ride our lives tend to lead.

And it’s the unpredictable future, the inevitable unknown that truly proves the strength of a friendship. Puts every aspect to the test. There is no doubt that relationships go through ups and downs – bend just before the point of breaking. Despite this struggle, it’s the willingness to fight for the other that will pull both of you through. That will bring your friendship out of the shade and back into the sun.

And the best part, that time of trial will have mostly likely made that bond stronger, richer… more full. You may have learned something new about the other person, or your relationship with them. You may have revealed a new depth of yourself and can now better understand the meaning of trust. You may have proven your confidence and faithfulness to the friendship in a time of doubt.

Always remember… when you find a friendship like the one described in today’s quote, treasure it like gold. Be willing to give it all of the nurture and effort it requires. Hold on tight because the ride along the way can be full of dips and sharp turns. Whether you’re in the shade or basking in the sunshine, hopefully when you look over at that special person, you can smile. You can smile and know that as long as they are at your side, everything will be just fine.

Do you have a friend like this in your life? What are some challenges you have faced along the way?

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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 #123: Touches Your Heart

17 Mar

“A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.”
-Anon

The true definition of a friendship – “someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart.” Today’s quote by Anon is one that I will forever hold on to for the rest of my life. Only having found it a few days ago, it is already one that has found a precious place in my heart.

There is no better way to reach the heart of another than being a friend. I think of my friends as my little miracles. The strength I need to get back up after falling down. The soft smile that takes over, even when my eyes are filled with tears. The reassurance when my world seems to be breaking into pieces. The light and guidance through times of doubt and hardship.

My friends truly are a splash of color in a world of gray. A soft place for weary bones, and the push to put the pieces back together and try again. Without them, I think of times in my life that I don’t know if I would have made it through. They are every hope, every wish, every thought, every bit of encouragement I need for me to be the best person I can be, to try my absolute hardest at reaching my dreams and never stop believing in myself. And even when that last one begins to teeter towards the darkness, they are always there to believe in me. Sometimes, that’s all you need – they reach for your hand but touch your heart.

Bit of Happy #100: A Starry Night

14 Feb

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand.”
-Anonymous

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How lucky is it that Bit of Happy #100 happened to land on Valentine’s Day?! The day of showing love to everyone who means the most to you – your husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend, mother and father, children and grandchildren, family members, and even friends. It’s the day of having the right to be cheesy. The day of being able to show your true appreciation.

And to go with the cheese and lovey dovey-ness of Valentine’s Day, I chose to share one of my more mushy / adorably sweet quotes. The first time I read this quote it brought a smile to my face – a reaction making it definitely worthy of saving. Even though I feel like the true meaning of Valentine’s Day has been lost in all of the candy, chocolate and materialistic gifts, I still believe there are plenty who celebrate it solely to show how much love they have to share with the ones they care about most.

So incredibly pure and genuine, today’s quote, I’m sure, speaks for many Valentine’s Day lovers all over the world. It’s so special to find that one amazing person who can make you smile just by being in their presence, or when you are away from them, by the thoughts and memories that easily have the same effect. If you have found that special person, cherish and love every moment you have with them. And if you haven’t, it’s probably not too far down the road that he or she is waiting at the next light. With a little faith and patience, I believe love will find its way into everyone’s heart. You just have to be willing and open when it comes knocking on your door.

And on another note, Little Bits of Happy celebrates its 100th quote today, which makes today even MORE special! It has been an incredible journey so far, and I hope to be able to share many, many more quotes with all of you! A great, BIG thank you goes out to everyone who drops in and reads my posts, and a very special thank you goes to those who have taken the time out of each day to catch up on their daily dose of happy! Your support truly means the world to me, and I only hope to be able to give the world back to each of you through my daily entries – or at least a little inspiration!

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone had a great day!

Bit of Happy #82: From A Distance…

5 Jan

“One of the most difficult things to do in life is watch the one you love, love someone else.”
-Anonymous

Despite the fact that I’ve never experienced this on a personal level, I think I’ve seen enough chick flicks and watched enough of my friends deal with the difficulty of watching the ones they love move on. Even though I feel I can’t truly connect with this quote, I still thought it was a good one – incase I ever do encounter a similar situation (which hopefully I do not, but at least I’m prepared!). And best of all, I can now share it with all of you! In case some of you need it now…

And even though I don’t wish this experience upon anyone, I hope that it does give those of you who are going through this… a little hope. This quote recognizes the hardships in watching the one you love, love someone else. And it says it simply. It acknowledges that there’s no easy way around it. It offers no true advice, but at the same time… I picture this quote as two friends sitting together in silence, in each others’ company. And in that moment, it is exactly what they need. That the words of wisdom may go unspoken, but the endless support shines through.

Happy Wednesday!


Bit of Happy #74: Merry Christmas EVE!

24 Dec

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
-Mother Teresa

I hope everyone is having a good Christmas Eve so far and has an amazing Christmas Day tomorrow! May all of you spend it with the people who mean the most to you.

Thought I’d share this quote today to help everyone get in the holiday spiirt – the spirit of giving. And one of the best things about this quote – just a simple smile can go a long way. Showing love and cheer to all you meet is a special gift. And a smile can do just that.

I’m going to go help with Christmas dinner, but I just wanted to post a quote for today before spending the rest of the night with my family.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Bit of Happy #73: Plant Positivity

23 Dec

Stockings Hanging by the Fireplace

“If constructive thoughts are planted, positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure, and failure will follow.”
-Sidney Madwed

By carrying positivity with you each and every day, the determination of your future will build off of that optimism. Today’s quote suggests that your attitude plays a huge part in what your days to come will hold. And in many ways, I believe there’s a lot of truth in this quote.

The thoughts you bring with you to work, school, around your friends and home to your family have a tendency to, not only affect how you present yourself on the outside, but also the level of happiness you experience on the inside.

With no confidence or drive to better yourself, how do you expect to succeed? And even more importantly, when you do meet failure throughout your life, your ability to think constructively will affect your ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and find a new path to try for a more optimistic outcome.

Open your mind to positivity. When life feels like it can’t get any worse, the true reality is… it can always get worse. So find the positive! I’m not doubting that there are times in life that can be extremely difficult to see the light. I’m just saying… make the best of what you have in front of you. And if that’s not good enough, find ways to make it better. And thinking positively is the very first step!

Happy Thursday!

Do you believe this quote is true?

Do you think it’s possible to be incredibly negative and still find positive outcomes?

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