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Bit of Happy #149: Worn With Smiles

22 Apr

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”
-Mark Twain, Following the Equator

The beautification of what we all tend to dread with age is what I truly love about today’s quote. It’s the skin worn with wrinkles that show we have lived. Laughed. Smiled. Enjoyed. Loved.

So what are you waiting for!?!

Happy Friday!


Bit of Happy #139: Walk Until You Can Trip

8 Apr

“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.”
-Jonathan Carroll

Or, at the very least, you’ll both be laughing with each other.

So, today’s quote by Jonathan Carroll has a ton of hidden advice – advice that I think could be very valuable to all. He isn’t really speaking literally when he tells us to walk and not run when you first meet a love interest.

Instead, he is making the point to try guarding yourself to a certain extent in the beginning. Not keep things hidden from the other, but expose your true personality a little slowly; let things develop naturally – if that makes any sense. We don’t need to reveal our whole life story, weird quirks and bad habits on our first date with someone else, but those should be things that come out with time.

And with all of those aside, the most important thing to guard is your heart. Until you can make mistakes and show your true colors, walk. Until you can experience new things and put faith into them when you feel insecure, walk. Until you can trust the other person to fall in love completely and fully, walk.

But… the moment you can do all of those things, run. Run as fast as you can. And once you reach your lover’s arms, hang on as tight as possible, because life is a wild ride with no guarantees. Oh yeah, and even if you trip, they’ll at least be there to pick you up.

Bit of Happy #58: There’s No Guarantee

2 Dec

“Life comes without guarantee – except that smiling will brighten your face, laughing will enhance your eyes and falling in love will change your life.”

Why am I so crazy about this quote?! Then again, how can you not be? It’s true that there’s no guarantee that life will be a walk in the park. Actually, you can almost guarantee that it won’t be. It’s messy, challenging and sometimes even seems unfair. WAY unfair. And this quote doesn’t stray away from the truth; however, it does take a step away from the uncertainties and a step toward some of the more optimistic aspects of life.

And if you ask me, that’s a pretty amazing way to be – to recognize the reality of the uncertainties that exist in life, but to NOT allow them to keep you from being happy. To NOT allow them to keep you from brightening your face with a smile, enhancing your eyes with a laugh and changing your life by falling in love.

Now do you see why I love, love, LOVE this quote?! I thought so.

Bit of Happy #57: What are you willing to risk?

1 Dec

First of all, happy December! The season for giving, for loving, for celebrating! It’s also my birthday month. The month where the first snow falls. The month that you get to snuggle in warm blankets by the fire and drink hot chocolate. There’s a lot of great things about December – about winter. Certainly something to be happy and excited about. Okay… now on to today’s quote!

“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool; to weep is to risk appearing sentimental; to reach out for another is to risk involvement; to expose our feelings is to risk exposing our true self; to place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss; to love is to risk not being loved in return; to live is to risk dying; to hope is to risk despair; to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes, they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom. Only those persons who risk are free. Only a person who risks is free.”
-William Arthur Ward

It’s a long one today. Though, in my mind, the length really gets the point across. Each word has its purpose. Each challenge deepens the quote’s meaning, and helps its message ring as clear as a bell. I believe the quote is not necessarily telling us to risk it all, but rather to risk enough so that we can experience life fully. So that we can learn, love, change and grow. So that we can be free.

I absolutely fell in love with this quote when my eyes first skimmed over the words. And even now when I read it over, I feel like I fall a little more each time. It not only encourages me to risk and to take chances that I wouldn’t necessarily have taken originally, but it also shows me how to live. How to learn. How to love. How to change. How to grow.

And without that extra push, without that extra reminder, who knows what opportunities I would have missed out on. And that’s why quotes have power. At least, they have power in my life. They make me reflect on choices I’ve made. They provide me with guidance when I feel the darkness closing in. They give me the confidence to live the life of my dreams. I truly believe they’ve made me a better person, inside and out.

I think that’s what ultimately inspired me to share them with all of you. That maybe if they encourage me, they’ll encourage you as well. That maybe if they give me strength, they’ll do the same for you. And if I can spread this positivity. This happiness. If I can create this type of chain reaction… this blog may very well become powerful beyond measure.

What have you taken from this quote?

What about this quote do you find inspiring?

Bit of Happy #38: Find Your Niche

4 Nov

“Do what makes you happy,
Be with who makes you smile,
Laugh as much as you breathe,
And love as long as you live.”

This quote, in my mind, has some of the best advice someone can give. It’s short, simple and to the point. If you made a checklist of each of these things, I don’t know how you could check all of them and find yourself unhappy in the end.

Don’t waste your time doing things that you don’t feel passionate about. Don’t know what your passionate about? Go out there and find it! Try something new. You can’t sit here and tell me that there’s not one thing in the world your passionate about. That’s just impossible. And once you find it, find a way to live it in every day you spent on this Earth. I promise you’ll find yourself more happy and definitely more fulfilled.

Don’t waste your time with people who don’t love and support you through thick and thin. Be with who makes you smile – laughing is okay too. 😉 But really, the people who you surround yourself with can really effect your happiness. Even in times of hardship, just being in the same room as positive people who truly care about you can lift your spirits. Trust me, it’s not worth being with someone who doesn’t love you for exactly who you are.

Even though the next one is quite impossible, still live by it! It’s fun and it makes me smile just reading it – “laugh as much as you breathe.” Go ahead. Have a laugh. And laugh a lot. Or at least, laugh as much as you can! There’s nothing better than a laugh that has tears rolling down your cheeks, your belly hurting and you wondering if you’ll ever be able to take a breath. Now that I think about it, that kind of sounds awful. But we all know different!

And the last, and probably most important one, is love. Give love to all you meet, and give more than you receive. This has me thinking of the song by the Black Eyed Peas, ‘Where Is The Love?’ Oldie, I know. For some reason it popped in my head. But everyone could use a little love – whether its as simple as a kind gesture or as deep as falling for your soulmate. Hiding or shying away from it is not the answer. It’s not love that hurts, it’s the people that attempt to love that do. Love is pure, honest and patient, and if you give and receive it every day of your life, consider yourself pretty lucky.

I’m telling ya’ – world’s best advice in that quote. Instead of taking it for granted, embrace it. Try it out. Dress yourself in it every day. Find your happy!

Bit of Happy #24: Live, Laugh, Love

15 Oct

“Live well. Laugh often. Love much.”
-Apelles Poh

A great quote for a BEAUTIFUL Friday! Gotta’ love the beginning of autumn weather. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Bit of Happy #23: Every Sixty Seconds

14 Oct

“As we grow up, we learn that even one person who wasn’t supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken more than once, and it’s harder ever time. You’ll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You’ll fight with your best friend. You’ll blame a new love for things an old one did. You’ll cry because time is passing too fast, and you’ll eventually lose someone you love. So, take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love as though you’ve never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.”

I love the realness portrayed in this quote. The messiness. The bumps and hurdles. The high points and cherished moments. The optimism. This quote is much like real life and everything that it embraces. As your eyes skim across the lines, it kind of takes you on a rollercoaster ride of happy and sad moments – much like life does.

You can never predict what path your life will lead. The moment you think you have it all figured out, everything goes askew. The moment you think you have nothing left, something inside you finds the strength to get to tomorrow.

No relationship is perfect. There will be arguments. Doubts. Misunderstandings. Uncertainties. Putting your heart out there is risking it to be broken. But when you find a good, strong person, I believe, you should “love as though you’ve never been hurt.” Or at least that’s what I thought until…

I was talking to a friend the other day about “blaming a new love for things an old one did,” and whether it is okay to do that. I argued that I try to clear my mind and open my heart the same way I would to the first person I ever chose to get close to. Basically to: “love as though you’ve never been hurt.” And I didn’t make this argument because this quote said to, but because I’m not sure I necessarily agree that you should keep yourself guarded from a great person, inside and out, (if he or she actually happens to be that way) because of what the last jerk did.

On the other hand, my friend argued that you have to ‘blame’ a ‘new love’ for things the last one did to protect yourself. He said that putting yourself out there with no guard is asking to have your heart broken. He said that your first priority should always be yourself, and if he or she is really worth it, they will be patient enough and stand by you as those walls slowly come down. And to that, I think he truly has a point.

Though, I’m still undecided on whether it is wrong to assemble a fit army and build a drawbridge over a moat full of hungry alligators around your castle just because your last love let you down. I’m still undecided if it is wrong to then expect the next knight to jump over those hurdles, just to get close to you. But, I’ll tell you one thing… I’m seriously considering grabbing a shovel and starting to dig.

There’s so much more you can take from this quote. One of the best points made in this quote is in the very last line: “So, take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love as though you’ve never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you’ll never get back.” What do you think?

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