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Bit of Happy #130: Smile

28 Mar

“Smile”
by Uncle Kracker

“You’re better then the best.
I’m lucky just to linger in your light.
Cooler than the flip side of my pillow, that’s right.”

Smile” by Uncle Kracker is an unforgettable song for its incredible lyrics. It’s pretty amazing when you’ve found that special person in your life whom you admire. Whether a lover, friend, parent, child, that person means the world to you. You feel lucky just to be in their presence. You become a better person simply because they exist. And with that comes happiness. And with happiness comes…

“You make me smile like the sun,
Fall out of bed,
Sing like a bird,
Dizzy in my head.
Spin like a record,
Crazy on a Sunday night.

You make me dance like a fool,
Forget how to breathe,
Shine like gold,
Buzz like a bee.
Just the thought of you can drive me wild,
Oh, you make me smile.”

...a smile. I love the randomness of these lyrics; yet like a jigsaw puzzle, they all have their perfect place. I believe the words come together and describe what it’s like to be in love. Though, in my opinion, the refrain tends to sound more like a deep infatuation for the other, the rest of lyrics are what tie a ribbon around the package and make it whole. Check out these remaining two pieces of verses to see what I mean:

“Even when you’re gone,
Somehow you come along,
Just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.”

“Don’t know how I lived without you,
‘Cuz every time that I get around you,
I see the best of me inside your eyes
You make me smile.”

It’s amazing to realize even when that special person isn’t near you, you can still feel them all around you. Everything you look at, touch, or come in contact with reminds you of them in some way or another. Even when you face a difficult obstacle, they “come along, just like a flower poking through the sidewalk crack.” They give you the courage, strength and hope that you need to make it through anything. They make you feel like the best person you can be. They make you smile. And that is something I consider extremely lucky to have. Something that deserves to be cherished and celebrated each and every day of your life. Even in the smallest of ways – a little note, a kiss, a ‘how was your day’ – it’s important to show gratefulness, and even more so… to put that smile right back on their face, just as they have done for you.

I hope you like today’s song as much as I do! When I here the intro start on the radio as I’m driving to work, it immediately brings a smile to my face. And I can only hope it’ll do the same for you. So have a listen, and let me know what you think!

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Bit of Happy #120: Bring It On Home

14 Mar

Want to know why today’s Music Quote Monday is Little Big Town’s “Bring It On Home?” Because it’s… AMAZING!!!! This song – everything about it… its melody, its lyrics – makes me melt inside. The thought of one day having this type of close bond with someone is something I can only dream of finding. Of achieving. When I was younger I used to pray for a love like this. To find someone who loves me more than life. Who has willing arms that will hold me tight, and a hand that will guide me through my uncertainty. And I can only hope to return that love in the best way I know how. I’m not saying that this hope has changed, if anything, it only grows stronger and stronger every day. So, take a moment out of your busy day to relax. Breathe. Listen.

“Bring It On Home”
by Little Big Town

“You’ve got someone here,
Wants to make it all right.
Someone that loves you more,
Than life, right here.

You’ve got willing arms that’ll hold you tight.
A hand to lead you on through the night, right here.
I know your heart can get,
All tangled up inside,
But don’t you keep it to yourself.

When your long day is over,
And you can barely drag your feet.
The weight of the world,
Is on your shoulders.
I know what you need,
Bring it on home to me.”

To be completely honest, I’ve gotten this far trying to choose what parts of the song I absolutely adore. I’ve found myself getting further and further down the lyrics, and I just can’t choose which ones to nix. Not one word went to waste in this song. And for that very reason, I’m going to leave every single one in – to the very last letter.

“You know I know you,
Like the back of my hand.
You know I’m gonna do,
All that I can right here.

Gonna lie with you,
Till you fall asleep.
When the morning comes,
I’m still gonna be right here.
Yes, I am.

So take your worries,
And just drop them at the door,
Baby, leave it all behind.

When your long day is over,
And you can barely drag your feet.
The weight of the world,
Is on your shoulders.
I know what you need,
Bring it on home to me.

Baby, let me be your safe harbor.
Don’t let the water come,
And carry you away.”

The last few lines here – “Let me be your safe harbor. Don’t let the water come, and carry you away” – fill my mind with a lucid imagery of waves crashing upon the shore with the possibility of a storm brewing in the distance. And just as I begin to feel as though the ocean may swallow me whole, a light shines brightly. I close my eyes and smile softly to myself, knowing exactly what is behind me. A tall lighthouse stands against the crashing waves. My safe harbor. You.

Happy Monday!!! I hope you fall for “Bring It On Home” just the way I have.

Bit of Happy #74: Merry Christmas EVE!

24 Dec

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”
-Mother Teresa

I hope everyone is having a good Christmas Eve so far and has an amazing Christmas Day tomorrow! May all of you spend it with the people who mean the most to you.

Thought I’d share this quote today to help everyone get in the holiday spiirt – the spirit of giving. And one of the best things about this quote – just a simple smile can go a long way. Showing love and cheer to all you meet is a special gift. And a smile can do just that.

I’m going to go help with Christmas dinner, but I just wanted to post a quote for today before spending the rest of the night with my family.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Bit of Happy #68: Every Waking Moment

16 Dec

An old, wooden barn across the street from my house.

“Resentment or grudges do no harm to the person against whom you had these feelings, but every day and every night of your life, they are eating at you.”
-Norman Vincent Peale

Some of the best advice I’ve ever heard from a quote are in these very words. And to me, the best advice isn’t one that tells you what to do, but rather shows you the truth. Shows you the consequences. Takes the reality and shoves it out into spotlight and then allows you to choose the path that is right for you.

Normally, this is where I give you my advice, which I know tends to be more directional (in a positive way, of course). But today, I’m going to leave it up to you to choose, just as the quote has (even though that’s ultimately what you would do anyway). So, take these words for what they are. Take this quote and consider what its value holds for you.

I know forgiveness isn’t always an easy thing to achieve. And maybe it’s not even forgiveness that this quote is telling us to work towards. Maybe it’s more of an acceptance. An acceptance of what happened. An acceptance in the past becoming the past, and no longer allowing it to interfere with the future.

I have faith in you! Hopefully you too can find some truth in this quote. Hopefully you too can one day feel the freeing effects it can encourage you to achieve. This quote has certainly done that for me in more than one instance. But I’ll tell you one thing, it’s a slow process. It’s not going to happen over night, especially if you were deeply affected by it. But you’ll get there one day. You’ll be able to close your eyes, take a deep breath and allow it to escape with a sense of relief. Just have patience. Take a little step each day (even when you’ve found yourself taking a couple steps back the day before). Before you know it, you’ll see the light. Like I said, I have faith!

What does this quote mean to you? Do you feel inspired by it?

Christmas Countdown: 9 more days!


Bit of Happy #64: Enough Beautiful Moments

10 Dec

So often life is not filled with love and laughter as much as loneliness and disappointment. But there will be enough of those beautiful moments with very special people that make it all seem worthwhile.
-Javan

First off, Happy Friday! I’m relieved to be home after a ridiculous amount of traffic. Roads were closed everywhere! It was like a maze – a lot of turning around and trying different directions. And that’s not really the best for those who aren’t good at figuring out alternative routes, aka ME! Anyway, I made it home, luckily. Hopefully everyone else did as well!

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Now for the quote of the day! Javan is by far one of my favorite authors. Although today’s quote isn’t my all-time favorite one of his, it’s definitely up there. If you like this quote and some of the others I’ve posted so far, I encourage you to check out more of his quotes. I can almost guarantee you will not be disappointed.

I believe there’s a level of truth to this quote. I always try to be as happy as I possibly can. And when I’m feeling not-so-happy, I try remind myself of all the reasons I have to celebrate and enjoy the life I’ve been given. By having this type of mentality, I find myself leading a much happier life. Trust me, it’s much easier to focus on how life can be unfair and disheartening. But seeing the good in every situation… that shows true strength.

To address the fact that the quote speaks of life being filled predominately with loneliness and disappointment, I think that’s relative. I think I have to disagree with that part. I believe that you can choose to look at life in two ways; you can choose to focus on the negativity and drown in it, or you can choose to rise above your misfortunes and appreciate all of your gifts.

I absolutely love the words: ‘beautiful moments with very special people that make it all seem worthwhile.’ These are the cherished moments. The moments that give you strength when you feel like there’s nothing left. The moments that – like a brightly shining star in the dark of night – will never fade.

I think there’s a lot to say about this quote. A lot of differing opinions that can come into play. And I would love to hear your thoughts, your perspective!

Soooo, there’s one thing to do! Share your thoughts!

Bit of Happy #21: Have you ever fallen in love?

12 Oct

My great grandmother, G.G.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with truth. It hears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
– 1 Corinthians 13

On Sunday night, we had a bunch of family over to visit with Amanda while she was home from college for her mini-fall break. After dinner, most of the family was outside, but around the dining room table sat my sister, her new college friend, Margot, my great grandmother, G.G., and I. My great grandmother was born in 1913 and has some incredible stories from her childhood to her adult years. Margot, who doesn’t have any family members over the age of 60, was in awe over G.G.’s experiences and hardships. I had already heard most of the stories she was telling on Sunday night, but I can honestly say that I never get tired of hearing them over and over again.

But it was one thing she said that night that really struck me. That turned my world upside-down. That either destroyed my hopes or encouraged me even more to find what I’ve been looking for in life. (I haven’t decided which one yet.)

G.G. told us briefly about her childhood, but elaborated more on when she was a teenager. About how she got pregnant and married her son’s father soon after. Her husband began running around with another woman and when she found out about it, she had him sent to fight in World War II. (Yeah, she was a feisty thing.)

Meanwhile, she met a man from work that she grew close to while her husband was away at war. He confessed his love for her, but she knew she was a married woman, and her first priority was her son. She knew her son loved his father and said, “Every child deserves to be with their father.” So she told us that she could never run off with the man from work – that her place was at home. Whether she truly loved him, she’d never know.

Even once her husband returned from the army, back into her arms, the man from work would show up drunk to their house and sit out on her doorstep until morning. G.G. said she never had the courage to face him and would always make her husband go out and tell him to go home. G.G. recited her husband’s words, “Come on, buddy. It’s time to go home.” The man from work would startle from his drunken sleep and slowly walk himself home.

At this point, I looked over at Margot. Thick tears had rimmed her eyes ready to spill over as she clung to every word G.G. said. “Have you ever fallen in love?” she asked.

It was G.G’s response that reached me to the core of my soul.

“You know, I’m really not sure. I’m not sure that I’ve ever been in love – even after all this time.”

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After 97 years of life and with a response like that… Is it supposed to inspire me to go out and never give up on finding love? Or should it discourage my hopes in one day falling for someone who can give me the same love in return? By lowering my hopes, will it save me from being let down?

Sometimes I find myself wishing I could watch her go through life. Be there through her experiences. See the world the way it once was. Back when the ice man would come and bring her a block of ice to keep her refrigerator cold. Or when the first radio and television set came out. Back when things were simple. Easy.

Everyone says back then things were much simpler. But after hearing some of her stories – I second guess that statement. She has been through a lot in her life. Things that I’ll probably never know or find out. But when she revealed to us that she felt as though she’d never been in love… I think all of our hearts crushed a little. For her. For the future.

I hope I never give up on love – not until the day I die. More than anything else, I want to learn and experience what it is like to love someone unconditionally. I look at today’s quote and wonder, as humans, if that type of love is even attainable, or if it is just something to strive for. Either way, I want to go through this life with someone else, someone special. It’s an unclear, difficult path to maneuver  through- life is. Sometimes you never know which way to go, who to trust, what choices will become mistakes, and what will come next. But I don’t ever want to lose hope in the future because that’s all we have to look forward to in love. What is to come.

And for those of you who have already found love… Never take it for granted. Live every day as full and as well as you can with that person. Take life and experience all that you can. And look to this quote for guidance in times of weakness. In times of difficulty. In times of doubt. You’re a lucky one. Always keep that in mind.

Bit of Happy #12: Spread the Happy!

29 Sep

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
-Buddha

This quote had me imagining…

The darkness of a cool night. (I’d say close your eyes and visualize this, but you obviously can’t read with your eyes closed… So, just picture this as you read it.) All of your surroundings are shaded with the dark blue of night. Shadows of black gather in the corners. And out of the darkness, a tiny light appears. A light so tiny that you are left wondering if it’s just your imagination. And then suddenly, it splits into two lights. Then three. Four. Five. You blink and rub your eyes, thinking you are just seeing things. The tiny flames are slowly coming closer, shedding light into the dark corners. Six. Seven. Eight.

Slowly you can begin making out distant faces – they are happy and warm. You can feel a sense of vulnerability as they approach. Should I open myself to them? Nine. Ten. Eleven. All of the candles are burning brightly. No one candle is burning more bright than the next. Twelve. Twenty. Forty. Suddenly, you can no longer decipher which was the original light. Fifty. Sixty. Seventy.  Closer and closer they approach, sharing their light with others along the way. Eighty. Ninety. One Hundred.

You begin to feel a pull. A tug at the corner of your lips. You’re smiling. The happiness is contagious. Someone greets you with a returned smile and holds their candle to yours. A flame sparks from their candle to yours as one and then slowly splits into two. A new light brightens. You can feel the warm glow on your face. Just this tiny gesture inspires you to share with others, and you begin lighting others’ candles with your flame.

Beginning with a single flame and having the power to share happiness with others. The power to inspire. The power to bring happiness. The power to hopefully have others share this flame with their friends, family and even strangers. Little Bits of Happy will become the single flame, only to split into many, many more.


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