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Bit of Happy #146: Love More

19 Apr

“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”
-Swedish Proverb

Each day, a coworker of mine sends out a quote to many of her friends and family… and ME!!! (since she knows how much I LOVE quotes). She actually shared this one today, and it brought a smile to my face this morning in the moments I read it. With my reaction, it gave me a great idea! And you know what that great idea was!? Bet you’ll never guess!!!

TO SHARE IT WITH ALL OF YOU!

The Swedish Proverb is gentle in its guidance but shows all of the great things that can come out of a positive attitude. Wake up each morning with a smile. With hope.

Savor each moment your given and take the time to actually embrace them fully. Focus on the positive and rise up with strength in times of doubt or weakness.

Speak, but share your thoughts after thinking about them. Choose your words wisely, instead of speaking from the tip of your tongue.

And finally, love. Love everything around you. Show kindness towards others. Show care and tenderness towards nature. And by doing each of these things every day air fills your lungs, all good things will be yours.

Bit of Happy #78: Love With All My Heart

30 Dec

A collage of photographs I’ve taken, each with a line of this quote.

“I will know love no matter what circumstances the world may give me, no matter how many people choose to turn and walk away. I will find love in the laughter of little children, in the gentleness of animals, in the beauty and glory of nature, in the knowledge of myself. And when the day comes that I find someone who does not turn away, I will give love with all my heart.”
-Javan

I honestly can’t tell you why I’ve waited so long to share this quote on Little Bits of Happy. I guess I just wanted it to be a special, well-thought entry, and for whatever reason, I haven’t felt up for the challenge of delivering that. But today’s the day!

Why does it matter to me so much? Well, this is truly one of my most favorite quotes, probably ranked right below the first quote I ever jotted down in my quote book so many years ago. (Yes, I realize that was a relative statement.) In fact, if the quote by Emerson held no sentimental value, this one by Javan could have certainly taken its top spot. So with that said, I’m sure you’re beginning to get an idea of its importance to me (in case, the framed photographs hanging the wall of my bedroom gave you no clue).

Part of me is at a loss of words when it comes to this quote – another reason for the hesitation in trying to write about it. The confidence and determination in spreading love throughout the world is so bold within these words that I find myself asking, what more is there to say? It’s not often that I read a quote and am left completely star struck. But what I can say is this…

I find that I live my life in much the same way of this quote. I find love and happiness in all of the things around me – the laughter of little children, the gentleness of animals, the beauty and glory of nature, the knowledge of myself. And by finding that happiness, it fuels my ability to love no matter what challenges or setbacks I’m faced with. No matter what amount of hurt I have to endure. No matter how many people choose to turn and walk away. And with this strength, when the day comes that I find someone who can love me unconditionally, I will return that love with all of my heart.

The resilience in these words is remarkable. Something incredibly admirable. Something, at times, I find difficult to always live up to. Though each and every day, whether bogged down with hurt or disappointment, I try. I try to open my heart. I try to always let love and happiness flood in – even when I’m overwhelmed with sorrow. And that, to me, is one of the hardest things to do in life. To let love in even when there is the risk of being let down.

This quote brings me that inspiration. That drive to keep going, keep trying and keep loving. And as long as I can bring myself to do those very things, to love no matter what life throws my way, I will know I’ve done everything I can. I will know I’ve lived a full and happy life, free of regret. Free of ‘what ifs’. And the very fact that a simple quote can help remind me to love always, encourage me during times of doubt and reassure that I’m strong enough to do all of those things, well, that’s saying something! That’s saying more than something. That’s saying a lot! So, I guess that’s why I love this quote so much. Why I hold it so close to my heart.

I can only hope it will do the same for you..

Bit of Happy #46: Learn Something New Every Day

16 Nov

It’s fall! So beautiful. Back road by my house.

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”
-Vernon Howard

If there’s something I’m more passionate about than learning, I surely have yet to find it. I absolutely adore this quote, because I try to have this exact mindset as I go through each day of my life. Curious. Full of wonder. Ready to find answers to questions about the world surrounding me. I love nothing more than learning – learning by experience or otherwise – reading, writing, listening to others, etc.

Anyway, I came across this quote earlier today, and later when I went to my grandmother’s for dinner, this value of mine was put into question. Even though I consider myself very inquisitive in nature, I still find moments when my mind has remained blind to various facts of life. Some simple. Some with greater magnitude.

How did I come to this realization? Well, surprisingly enough, a simple Snapple bottle showed me that I constantly need to remind myself to open my mind. As I took the first sip of the cool, tangy liquid, I found my eyes wandering to the inside of the Snapple top.

“Have you ever wondered what the plastic tips on the ends of shoes laces are?”

I realized I hadn’t any idea. Something so simple. Something I’ve come into contact with. Something I’ve touched, played with, and even pulled off some of my laces as a kid, I had no idea what the name for it was. Not a clue. What was it to me? Well, it was the little plastic part that kept your laces from fraying. How could I go so long without ever questioning what it was? Not once. Well, I’m sure you’re now dying to know the answer (unless you already knew, in which case, GO YOU!)…

Underneath the question was the word: “Aglets.”

Never have I heard that word. Never in my life. I shared it with my family, and they didn’t know either. But not knowing isn’t necessarily what is important. It’s this…

Open your mind. Walk through life with a willingness to learn everything and anything you can. Be curious. Strive to learn at least one new thing each and every day. I know you can do it! I have faith!

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