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Bit of Happy #141: Possibility

12 Apr

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible.”
-The Movie, Soul Surfer

Now, that’s an attitude that never gives up. Though, I’ve never seen the movie, Soul Surfer (in fact, I’m not sure it’s even out in theaters yet) is built from an amazing quote and story.

The first time I heard it I was sitting on my bed with my laptop, writing an entry for Little Bits of Happy. I had the TV on for background noise, and for whatever reason, my ears perked up when the trailer‘s main character spoke these words. I looked up from my computer screen and took in its meaning.

Suddenly, as I found myself pondering the depth of this quote, I realized it would be PERFECT to share on Little Bits of Happy. I did a little research, and Soul Surfer was actually based on a true story. It’s about a girl named Bethany Hamilton who lived, breathed and dreamed about surfing. One day while out in the water, a shark bit her, and she lost one of her arms in the attack. This quote comes out of her recovery. Out of her bravery. Out of learning to surf again, only this time without one of her arms. She struggles, but makes it very clear that it doesn’t have to be easy, as long as it’s possible.

I think we can all take a lot from this type of attitude and apply it to our own lives. I think sometimes when the going gets tough, we give up. We walk away. We find an easier route. But this quote is telling us to do the opposite. It is telling us to have the courage to go after what is possible, not what is easy. It is telling us to dream big, and if there’s a will and a way that we can make it our reality.

I hope you liked today’s quote as much as I did!

Happy Tuesday!


Bit of Happy #117: Spiraling Change

9 Mar

“Change moves in spirals, not circles. For example, the sun goes up and then it goes down. But every time that happens, what do you get? You get a new day. You get a new one. When you breathe, you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do you’re a little bit different than the one before. We’re always changing. And it’s important to know that there are some changes you can’t control and that there are others you can.”
-From the movie, Half Nelson

Though I’ve never seen the movie, I came across this quote a few days ago and thought it was absolutely incredible. I’m not even sure what kind of movie this is, but if it has a quote this amazing, it’s got to be decent. In fact, I’ll probably make an effort to see the movie now that I’ve found this quote.

Change. A constant motion. The possibility of a similar pattern, but never exactly the same. This type of realization and the way it is projected sheds a new light on how we live – “you inhale and you exhale, but every single time that you do you’re a little bit different than the one before.”

Despite the minimal quantitative difference overall, each breath we take we have changed in some way than the one before. We are a little older. Hopefully, a little wiser. We may have adjusted the position of our body, or physically moved forward or backward. We may have learned something new. We may have been struck with a vision that we were previously blind to. We may have accomplished something we’ve been giving our all lately. I could go on and on. Change is endless and constant. And the sooner we all recognize and accept that power, the closer we will be to accepting the inevitable – “that there are some changes you can’t control and that there are others you can.”

These changes are the things that happen to us throughout are lives. Some we choose to happen, others are out of our grasp. Some changes are desirable, others can be our worst living nightmare. Today’s quote makes it pretty clear that the importance of change lies in the decisions made proceeding those original changes. It’s not what you can’t control that’s important, but rather what you can.

There are countless instances in life of these types of changes. Does anyone want to share one of their experiences?

Bit of Happy #80: Winding Road

3 Jan

Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics. Bonnie Somerville does an incredible job at bringing life to these meaningful words in ‘Winding Road.’ The first time I heard this song was while watching Garden State. Though it has been years since I last saw that movie, the song is something I revisit often. It encourages me to always have hope. A hope and drive to find where I belong.

Here are some of my favorite lyrics of the song:

“And it’s a winding road.
I’ve been walking for a long time.
I still don’t know,
Where it goes.

And it’s a long way home.
I’ve been searching for a long time.
I still have hope,
I’m gonna find my way home.”

Recognizing that life isn’t always easy, a winding road, Somerville makes it pretty clear that uncertainties and longing may always exist in life – that is, until you can find where you belong. Until you find your way home. And wherever it is that you find your happiness, cherish it. Love it. Nourish it. And with your efforts, watch it begin to flourish.

Home is never something achievable, but rather, a work in progress. Happiness comes in growth and learning. It is encouraged through love and affection. It develops in collaboration and bonding. If you stray away from home, from what makes you happy… If you fail to nurture it and provide it with love… then it too shall fade.

But if you dress your home in health and prosperity, it shall bring you all the happiness in the world. Despite the fact that this song focuses mainly on the search for happiness, I find myself thinking ahead to once you find where you belong then what? And that’s where all of my above thoughts come from.

Though I certainly look to this song when I’m looking for a little encouragement in my search to fill in the places where happiness does not yet exist. I keep in mind that the search requires patience, perseverance and sincerity. And through those qualities, I can only hope that one day the places that were once empty will be overflowing with the happiness I’d been searching for. And once I find where I belong, may I learn to never take that happiness for granted a day in my life.

So take a moment to listen to ‘Winding Road,’ and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday!

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