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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.


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Bit of Happy #48: Castles in the Air

18 Nov

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.”
-Henry David Thoreau

Too much in life, we are grounded by reality. At least that’s how I feel. And while that can have its advantages, sometimes I believe we need to look up into the sky with starry eyes and dream. Just dream.

Imagine your aspirations. Build a vision. I love how Thoreau encourages dreaming and believes that it is not time wasted. He says,“That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” These very words tell us quite the opposite of what society continuously stresses. Instead of preparation and practical goals, Thoreau sheds light on the positives of day dreaming. You should be walking with your head in the clouds. And don’t be afraid of doing it. Dream. And DREAM BIG!

Once those dreams are big enough – once your castle is built, you just have to find the foundations to make it a reality. What are the steps you need to take to make your dreams come true? Anything is possible. All you need is a dream, a little faith and a lot of hard work.

Bit of Happy #41: Leave it up to chance?

9 Nov

Adorable little flowers I came across as I was
walking along a road near my house.

“There’s a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.”
– Hugh Prather

The hardest part is knowing what moments in your life call for which approach. When you should sit back and let the opportunity come to you, and when you should chase after that dream and make it happen are two completely different things. Depending upon what you’re contemplating will ultimately determine what route you should choose.

The only advice I can lend you is to follow your heart. Don’t think about it too much, and you’ll surely find your answer with time. Just be sure not to suffocate a chance that is meant to be free-spirited. If that’s even a question in your mind, take the passenger seat for a while and see what happens. Otherwise, I say go for it! There are times in life when patience is a lost opportunity.

I know it can be a difficult thing to judge, especially for certain, more delicate situations. But something that often brings me a sense of comfort in all of this is that if it is meant to happen, it will always find its way.

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a question (or a few)…

Is there something in your life you’ve been pondering on what you should do? What are some experiences that you’ve learned from in the past that you’ll do differently in the future?

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Bit of Happy #17: What are you settling for?

6 Oct

“Don’t settle for the one you can live with. Wait for the one you can’t live without.”
-Victoria Richards

Settling for anything in life – whether it is for love or something else – is a battle lost. Knowing you deserve better and not going out and achieving it or learning the proper skills to obtain it, well, you might as well be bleeding out in a bunker. (Okay, maybe that’s a little graphic. I was just trying to go along with the ‘battle’ theme.) Anyway, I’m telling you to stand up and fight for what you can’t live without; don’t settle for what’s comfortable – what you can live with.

If you are miserable at your job and know you can do better – don’t settle. If all you want to do in life is travel the world – don’t settle. If you deeply care about someone, but know you aren’t in love with him or her – don’t settle.

Settling is the easy way out – the mundane way out. If you’re too afraid to take the risk, then stay at your crappy job within ten miles of same location and staying with someone who you aren’t in love with for the rest of your life. You might learn to become completely satisfied with that. And if that works for you, great.

But instead, I’m asking you to do something a little more challenging. I’m asking you to go out and take the road less traveled. I’m asking you to take a chance. I’m asking you to chase after whatever it is that you can’t live without. Really… What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Do you find this quote inspiring? Is your perception different than this entry?


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