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Bit of Happy #148: Together Forever

21 Apr

“We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade.”
-Anonymous

The type of friendship that we all search and long for. Reliability. Strength. Trust. Honesty. A friendship that will uphold through the thick and thin, in the sunshine and shade. That no matter what life brings, no matter what the obstacle or challenge at hand, two true friends will walk together.

Not only does today’s quote suggest this wonderful, “picture-perfect” friendship, but the author also hints towards it being possible (which is one of my favorite parts!). That, in spoken words, it has come true. That an unbreakable bond can be formed between two people throughout life. That compassion and selflessness can shine through despite the crazy ride our lives tend to lead.

And it’s the unpredictable future, the inevitable unknown that truly proves the strength of a friendship. Puts every aspect to the test. There is no doubt that relationships go through ups and downs – bend just before the point of breaking. Despite this struggle, it’s the willingness to fight for the other that will pull both of you through. That will bring your friendship out of the shade and back into the sun.

And the best part, that time of trial will have mostly likely made that bond stronger, richer… more full. You may have learned something new about the other person, or your relationship with them. You may have revealed a new depth of yourself and can now better understand the meaning of trust. You may have proven your confidence and faithfulness to the friendship in a time of doubt.

Always remember… when you find a friendship like the one described in today’s quote, treasure it like gold. Be willing to give it all of the nurture and effort it requires. Hold on tight because the ride along the way can be full of dips and sharp turns. Whether you’re in the shade or basking in the sunshine, hopefully when you look over at that special person, you can smile. You can smile and know that as long as they are at your side, everything will be just fine.

Do you have a friend like this in your life? What are some challenges you have faced along the way?

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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!

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