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Bit of Happy #144: A Sweet Saying

16 Apr

“If you live to be one hundred, I hope I live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
-Winnie the Pooh

A coworker of mine shared this quote with me not too long ago, and I thought it was too ADORABLE not to share with all of you.

And sorry for not posting on Friday and waiting until Saturday. Now that beautiful weather has hit my hometown, I’ve been absolutely miserable. It’s a very bittersweet couple of months. As much as I LOVE when the warmth of the sun begins to melt away all of the ice and snow from winter, spring also means allergies. And allergies, I don’t love. Not in the least bit. Thanks again for you patience!

I hope today’s quote warmed your heart just as it did mine. Have a GREAT rest of the weekend! Hopefully some of this rain will wash some of the pollen out of the air.


Bit of Happy #113: The Beautiful Dreamer

3 Mar

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

As beautiful as new fallen snow, the future blossoms from those who believe in possibility and chance. Embrace your dreams. Build them into your destiny. What you make of your life belongs to only one person. And that ONE person is YOU!

I love today’s quote because it seems to live and breathe optimism. All you have to do is believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams, and they are ready and waiting to come true.

What are some of your dreams? What’s are some of the most important things you want to accomplish in your future?

Bit of Happy #83: Doubting the Unquestionable

6 Jan

“One of the worst feelings in the world is having to doubt something that you thought was unquestionable.”

Whether religion, or the one you have fallen in love with, or the family who has raised you since birth, there are certain things in life that you consider to be reliable, dependable and unchanging. These are the things in life that you would never dream of having to question. So with those things in mind, what if you suddenly were put in a position of doubt? Of question?

In ways, I don’t know if I would consider this quote to be a little bit of “happy,” because it is pointing a bright spotlight on a very negative aspect of life. At the same time, I love this quote. I love it because it makes me think. It makes me think about all of the things and people I hold closest to my heart, and what were to happen if I lost them, or my trust in them. And then it also sends me a subtle reminder to appreciate all of the love and support I’m given each and every day. That if I reached out for a helping hand or a supportive embrace, it would be there. And I am forever grateful for the ones in my life that I know will always be there.

So looking back on the quote’s clarity, would that be one of the worst things to experience in life? Yes.

Have I gone through it before? Yes.

Is it an easy experience to endure? Not in the slightest.

But with this knowledge now in mind and having experienced times of doubt in people I never imagined I’d question, I like to believe it’s made me a stronger person. It’s opened my eyes to a newfound appreciation. It’s allowed me to put my best foot forward. Hopefully, you can take something valuable away from this quote, just as I have.

Happy Thursday!

Bit of Happy #82: From A Distance…

5 Jan

“One of the most difficult things to do in life is watch the one you love, love someone else.”

Despite the fact that I’ve never experienced this on a personal level, I think I’ve seen enough chick flicks and watched enough of my friends deal with the difficulty of watching the ones they love move on. Even though I feel I can’t truly connect with this quote, I still thought it was a good one – incase I ever do encounter a similar situation (which hopefully I do not, but at least I’m prepared!). And best of all, I can now share it with all of you! In case some of you need it now…

And even though I don’t wish this experience upon anyone, I hope that it does give those of you who are going through this… a little hope. This quote recognizes the hardships in watching the one you love, love someone else. And it says it simply. It acknowledges that there’s no easy way around it. It offers no true advice, but at the same time… I picture this quote as two friends sitting together in silence, in each others’ company. And in that moment, it is exactly what they need. That the words of wisdom may go unspoken, but the endless support shines through.

Happy Wednesday!

Bit of Happy #70: I Run To You

20 Dec

“I Run To You”
by Lady Antebellum

Without a doubt, ‘I Run To You’ by Lady Antebellum is one of my favorite songs right now. I’d been planning all weekend for it to be today’s Music Quote Monday, and I – unfortunately – don’t own the song, nor do I hear it very often on the radio. But funny enough, as I was driving home from work today it came on 93.1, and I got really excited – so excited, I sang it at the top of my lungs.

Why do I love it so much? Well, aside from the incredibly talented country band that plays this song, I’m in love with the lyrics. ABSOLUTELY in love! Here are a few of my most favorite lines:

(And I apologize now that it’s practically the whole song.)

“When lies become the truth,
that’s when I run to you…

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster,
So I run to you, I run to you.
When it all starts coming undone,
You’re the only one I run to, I run to you.”

More than anything, I’m looking for this type of love described in the chorus – this type of support in a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of people in my life that love and care about me – that I could go to for anything, about anything without hesitation. While I’m ever grateful and fortunate that I have this type of support, I’m also excited to find someone. That one special person. The person I can run to for support. For protection. For advice. For love. For everything. And even in this crazy world that we live in, I would know when I open my eyes in the morning and close them at night… he’ll be there. It is something that I look forward to, but not necessarily need in this moment or anytime soon. He’ll come around when the time is right – now, or many, many days from now.

“We run on fumes, your life and mine,
Like the sands of time slippin’ right on through.
And our love’s the only truth,
That’s why I run to you…”

Of this verse, I especially love the last two lines. To be able to believe completely in another person. To be able to trust without an ounce of doubt. To be able to know someone better than you know yourself… well, to me, that’s something I could never take for granted a day in my life. Something I would never want to take for granted a day in my life. To achieve that type of closeness, that type of trust… I think I would consider myself to be the luckiest person in the world.

Now it’s your turn! Have a listen, and be sure to let me know what you think! I hope you like it as much, or even more than I do (though I don’t think that’s possible, lol).

Oh, and by the way… the music video is amazing! I hadn’t seen it until today when I was searching for a video of the song to post. Feel free to talk about what you can take from the video as well when you share your thoughts!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a great day!

Christmas Countdown: 5 more days!

Bit of Happy #5: In My Eyes, You are the World

20 Sep

“To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”
-Brandi Snyder

From a small child’s devotion to their mother to an aging dog’s companionship to their owner, to star-crossed lovers’ hearts beating as one… this quote expresses the undying love that exists within the most precious moments of life.

You may never be famous or recognized by millions, but that’s not really a self-actualizing goal to have in life – not to me anyway. You can sit inside your money-stacked castle, but without one meaningful relationship – without love – you have nothing. It’s not about the volume of people you know, it’s how you impact their life. Whether it’s a baby you nurture or a soulmate you love to the end of time – even if it’s just one life – that relationship may mean the world to the other person… and to you. And if you really think about it… To have that kind of effect on someone, it’s nothing short of an honor. To be in someone’s life, through their happiness and hardships, and have that trust, your world becomes narrowed into that one person.

Tell Your Story.
Who is someone that means the world to you? Or someone you believe you are their world?

My Story…

When I was about 12- or 13-years-old, I volunteered at a nursing home in my hometown. I would run the arts-and-crafts and Bingo events, drop in and read stories to different patients, bring them down for their meals and just listen when they needed someone to talk to. There was this one lady in particular, Mrs. Havener… She was the sweetest lady and so grateful for my company. She had the brightest blue eyes I’d ever seen, short-cut, fluffy white hair and a modest smile. Some days I would read to her, and other days she would tell me about her family who no longer visited (Later, I found out from one of the nurses that they were all deceased) and the memories of her life. Some days, I would bring her flowers or a ‘Thinking-of-You’ card and slowly her small window ledge that was once bare filled up with my little gifts. She cherished them. And she cherished our time most of all.

Every day I would walk up to the nurses station and one of them would say, “Mrs. Havener has been looking for you.” My heart just filled with – you know, that fuzzy / exploding-with-happy feeling in your heart. She would miss me on the days I didn’t come in. Sometimes my mom and I would stop in and visit – even on the days I had off just because I knew it would make her day.

One day, she took my hands into hers. I could feel the natural shake of her palms from old age. She looked into my eyes and her wise voice spoke, “I haven’t been so happy in years. And it’s all because of you. You are the sunshine in my days.”

It was shortly after that day that Mrs. Havener’s health started going downhill. The day I came in and the nurses didn’t say anything about her awaiting my arrival, I could sense something wasn’t right. I could feel the thick choke in my throat and the pounding in my chest. I took the dreaded steps down the hall to her room – I just wanted to turn and run the other way. I stepped inside of her room; her bed was neatly made, not a crease in the white bedding. Tears welled into my eyes – all of my small tokens that Mrs. Havener had cherished were removed. It was as if she had vanished into thin air. Never existed. The room felt cold. Empty.

One of the nurses stepped in and put a hand on my shoulder, “She went in her sleep last night. I’m sorry.”

I turned to look at her as a tear rolled down my cheek. “How do you do it?” I asked. “How do you work at a place where everyone dies?”

“Oh hunny,” she said, putting an arm around my narrow shoulders. “It’s not easy. But what I think of that gets me through days like this… is that these people need people like us. Otherwise, they would die alone. Her last days were every bit of happy because of you. Without you, what would her last days have been like? That thought is what gets me here every morning. We are the world to most of these people. Their everything. Keep that in mind, and maybe you’ll find the strength to come in tomorrow.”

And the next day, I did…

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