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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 #122: Falling In Love Is Easy

16 Mar

“Falling in love is easy, but staying in love is something very special.”
-Anon

As breath taking as falling in love is, Anon brings great insight into what is truly special – and that’s falling in love all over again each day you spend with that person. It’s waking up at 97-years-old and melting inside the moment the love of your life’s eyes meet yours. It’s leaning in to kiss one another and never losing that flutter in your heart. Falling in love is an incredibly special thing, yes, but staying in love until the day you die is a true rarity.

What do you think of today’s quote? Do you believe that love grows exponentially more special over time?

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 #101: Live In The Now!

15 Feb

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.”
-Denis Waitley

You’ve got to start somewhere, because if there’s no beginning to change, how do you ever expect to grow? Learn from your past, yes, but don’t live in it. By learning, you are changing. And by changing you are growing. And by growing, you are taking advantage of the present and putting your best foot forward.

Today’s quote has a lot of truth in that we only really have control over what is happening in this very moment. The past is already done – something that cannot be changed; something that is completely out of our control. The only thing we can choose to do with our past is learn from it and change how we will live our present.

And the future, well, that story is left unwritten and has yet to unfold. I can’t say, in this moment, that five years from now I will have met my soulmate, and we will get married. I have no control over when that will happen, or if it ever will happen. I believe, when it comes to looking forward to the future, it comes with a lot of hope. Why do I believe that? Honestly, there is no guarantee that I will live past tomorrow, or tonight even. I can only hope. I can only hope that I will live past tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And a million days after that!

But the moment in time that we do have control over is now. We can choose to set goals and learn from our past to make the best of the present moment. Whether we go forwards or backwards is completely our decision. Whether we choose to hold on to all of our wrongdoings and drown in our sorrowed memories is completely up to us. But we can also decide to live in the only moment of time over which we have any control… And that is now.

Bit of Happy #98: Love Is Just A Word…

10 Feb

“Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.”
-Anonymous

Even though I don’t quite remember where or when I came across this quote, I thought it had a great perspective on the meaning of love. To me, I’ve always thought of love being this big, heavy word that you should only say if you truly mean it. And I still believe that.

But today’s quote strums a different tune. It gives love more of a whimsical, light meaning that is up for interpretation. That for each relationship, love could mean something different depending on what each person brings to the table. That you may not truly understand what love is until someone comes along and shows you. 

The realization that each person shows love differently brings forth a new perspective. That you can’t sit down and write out exactly what love means and then go out and find it. That you will not find the cookie cutter, picture perfect girl or guy of your dreams. No one is perfect. No one was put in this world especially for you.

But when two people with two separate lives filled with different experiences cross paths with similar thoughts, beliefs, morals and a mutual attraction for each other, those two people may decide to travel down a new path, hand in hand. Create new experiences together. Learn together. Grow together. Endure hardships and celebrate accomplishments together. And with time, they may begin to define their love for each other… together.

For me, today’s quote brought up a new way of thinking to what love is and can be. Hopefully it can do the same for you.

Happy Thursday!

What do you think of today’s quote?

Do you believe something differently about how love is defined?

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 #75: Something Coming Over

27 Dec

Like many, I love the band, OAR. The difference – I didn’t really listen to their music until a few years ago. Most OAR fans my age grew up listening to them as a kid, but I never really gave them much of a chance until pretty recently. Anyway, one of my favorite songs – one that I fell in love with the moment I first heard it – is called “Something Coming Over.”

A love song at its finest, “Something Coming Over” takes on the excitement of a budding relationship, or perhaps the depth of loving another person so much that you find yourself changing for the better. This song tells a little love story about a guy who doesn’t recognize himself at first,

“Who’s that with his arms around you,
Making eyes at you that way?
He looks in love.
He looks familiar,
Damn, it’s me.
Never thought I’d see that day.”

but having found the girl that can settle him down, he finds himself happier than he’s ever been. The lyrics show that in his mind, she is worth settling down for; even though at first, he is unaware that it is even happening – much like the way true love seems to come about, if you ask me anyway.

“And now we’re talking about the future.
Oh, and our future’s wide open,
‘Cause your love is the best place I’ve ever been.”

This is one of my favorite lines of all the lyrics; I just love the optimism and sense of togetherness. It’s something I hope to one day experience and share with someone else – that same type of enthusiasm for each other. Openness and the ability to be spontaneous and excited about the unknown, I believe, is very important for a relationship. It keeps things fresh and new, and encourages a constant level of learning about each other.

So… if you think you know absolutely everything there is to know about the person who has your heart, think again. I’m certainly not denying or trying to discredit your closeness. I’m only attempting to challenge you. To get you to go out and find something that neither of you have ever done before, or done together. I can guarantee that whatever that experience may be, it will bring you closer. It’ll teach you more about one another, and even yourself. That’s the greatest thing about love – it’s ever growing, ever changing. And it’s up to you to keep your love growing and changing together.

Do like this song? Have you ever heard it before?

Did you see the lyrics in a different light or with a different story than I described?

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