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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?

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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 #76: The Meaning Of Love

28 Dec

“Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means.”
-Leo Buscaglia

Today’s quote was found very last minute, but don’t let the lack of time searching for it discredit its value, because it’s AMAZING! Officially up there with some of my favorites, this quote by Leo Buscaglia shares an undeniable truth.

Many argue that it is impossible to be completely selfless in your actions – that you have at least a little hope for some personal gain, even if it’s the mere satisfaction and ‘feel-good’ feelings of helping another person. Despite these beliefs (which I, in my opinion, haven’t determined to be completely true or false), this quote says that selflessness is the key to understanding what true love is all about. Bringing happiness to others with no regard for personal gain – that, to me, is the definition of being selfless. Of expressing love for others.

Altruism teaches us to be less concerned with ourselves and less apt to search for personal gain while helping others. I do believe that the more altruistic we can be in our actions, the deeper we are able to experience love for others.

Happy Tuesday!

What did you think of today’s quote? Did you like it as much as I did?

Have you heard a quote that is similar to this one?

Bit of Happy #55: See The World

29 Nov

Today’s Music Quote Monday is a song called ‘See The World’ by Gomez. I can’t remember the first time I heard it, or where I was; nonetheless, it’s definitely a song you shouldn’t let pass you by without giving it a try. So, let me know what you think! My comments are below the YouTube video.

I believe, this song, with the powerful lyrics that it has, can be taken in a handful of different ways. However, I love the underlying meaning – the unmistakeable message in these words. I think ‘See The World’ is speaking to all of those lost souls out there. The ones who have wandered off the right path. The ones who don’t know where to turn – are exhausted and worn down from the repetitive pattern of everyday life. The ones who have developed a coldness toward the world and the people around them – built unbreakable walls around what brings them comfort. This song recognizes the ruts people can get in and motivates them to find a way out; to “see the world” and “find an old fashioned girl.”

And outside of the inspiring lyrics, I love the melody. It’s upbeat and happy. There’s no better song to listen to when it’s a warm, sunny day with a gentle breeze blowing, or when you’re in your car with all the windows down. Even when I’m exhausted and disheartened from a recent challenge, this song encourages me to find something to smile about. Hopefully it does the same for you.

Happy Monday!

Bit of Happy #44: The Fuel For Love

12 Nov

An old barn near my house.

“Your ability to trust fuels your ability to love.”
-Anonymous

To me, it’s amazing how so few words strung together can hold so much truth – so much meaning. It is something I’ve said for a long time now. Trust is everything in the eyes of love; without it, you are blind and with it, you can see forever and beyond.

What I love most about this quote is the word chosen – ability. Your ability. The amount of trust you can put into someone equates to or drives your ability to love another. Without it, love simply cannot exist.

The importance this quote lends to trust in reference to love, I believe, is true. So true. It’s monumental. Trust is the very foundation of love. If you build a foundation of straw, it’ll surely collapse as time goes on. If you build a relationship on lies and deception, it’ll surely disintegrate to nothing. However, the foundation that’ll last forever is the one build on trust, leading to love.

Now, where it gets interesting (well, interesting isn’t quite the right word) is when you add in all of the heartache and lies of previous relationships. Will it affect your ability to trust in something new that comes along? Will you put up a guard and try to protect yourself from getting hurt again? Is closing your ability to trust someone new the answer to keeping yourself from heartache? Without a willingness to trust another, will you find yourself alone in the end?

If you’re expecting me to answer all of these questions, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Just as much as you may want to know these answers, I think they may be different for each person. I still find myself searching for the answers to these very questions. What is right for me.

Anyway, this is what I thought about when I came across this quote. What do you think?


Bit of Happy #18: The Door To My Heart

7 Oct

Chicago from the Willis Tower

“You have come into my life through a door I was afraid would never be opened again for many have slammed it on their way out. Feel free to stay as long as you like, but should the time come that you must leave, please close the door gently as you go.”
-Javan

At one point or another, everyone has experienced heart break. Whether from a relationship, family member or friend, someone has slammed the door on your heart. Unfortunately, it is a part of life. A part that many of us would say we could certainly do without. But along with heartbreak, strength later follows. Or at least, I like to think so.

As much as you want to bolt, board and nail the door to your heart closed after experiencing love and loss, you would be letting ‘lonely’ win. And the only place ‘lonely’ gets you is alone. I know it’s difficult to open up your door, your heart to someone new. Trust me, I get it. And I’m not going around saying to open your heart to anyone. But when you find a nice person, when you get to know them for who they are – their values, beliefs, personality – and you can see that they are a good person inside out, what are you waiting for?

And when you find the strength to let someone cross your threshold, find the courage to offer him or her to sit down and stay a while. I promise you won’t regret it. You must take a chance to be happy. Without risk, the reward will be minimal. Without risk, you will never truly appreciate or understand the meaning of the company of another, or whatever it is you are taking a leap of faith for. And even if one day they decide to pick up their things and leave through the door they once entered, you won’t be right back before you started. Actually, you might be worse off. (I’M KIDDING!!!!!!) But in all seriousness, it might seem like you are worse off in the beginning. Especially if you felt closer to that person than you’ve ever felt with anyone before. In the beginning, it hurts. In the beginning, it’s not easy. I’m not going to put whipped cream and a cherry on top of this one. Break ups are never something that can be covered up or smoothed over.

But what you can choose to do is learn from it. Grow stronger from it. Pick yourself back up and keep living your life as full as possible. Look back at the risk you took and be proud of it. Be proud that you refused to allow your past to impede on your happiness in the future. And live on by that very sentence. If the entire world promised to live out their life, not through their past experiences, but through embracing the bright, unknown of the future, I think there’d be a lot more happier people in the world. Life is what you make it. Change what is negative in your life, and optimism shall follow.

What did you find to be inspirational enough to try love again after a difficult heart break?


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