Tag Archives: Optimistic

Bit of Happy #92: Your Eyes Tell All

2 Feb

“Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look behind.”
-Anonymous

What a perfect quote for a perfect Wednesday! This has been one of my absolute favorites for a long time. As a constant reminder to look ahead to the future, what better way than the placement of your eyes?!

Created to move forward in life, we strive to achieve great things. Everything around us is in similar progression. Nothing in life can ever move backwards. Nothing can ever retreat. Even on a battle field, there’s still a progression of time and effort – whether or not the opposing side is forcing you to physically regress.

It’s the same thing with someone’s mind. You can choose to live in your past. You can choose to build walls around your heart in protection. You can choose to allow no one in. You can choose to take no risk, no chance. But you can’t choose that the future is happening all around you. Constantly. Each second that you spend guarded is a second lost to your past.

But with if instead, you choose to allow the past to live as a memory, as a lesson? What if you choose to live in the present? What if you choose to look ahead into the future? What if you choose to focus on the positive? There are a lot of moments in life that will test your strength. Your ability to trust again after being hurt. Your determination to see the good in every situation. Your willingness to help and love others unconditionally.

Take note to the placement of your eyes. I’m not necessarily sure I believe in fate or that there is a reason for everything that happens; however, I find an incredible amount of comfort in the possibility. So with that said, this quote gives a bright outlook on life. One in which gives us reason to look forward. To find excitement in possibility. To take an optimistic approach as we walk through each and every day. And in my opinion, if a quote can do that… It’s a quote worth keeping.

Happy Wednesday!

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Bit of Happy #84: A Brand New Tomorrow

7 Jan

Morning Ice Storm in 2009.

“Tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of your life.”
-Trading Hearts

Happy Friday, everyone! Unfortunately, I’m not feeling too well today, but I did want to take a moment and post a quote. It’s a very optimistic approach to looking at life and the road ahead. This quote by Trading Hearts inspires me to take each day and treat it as a new beginning. I believe its words can encourage many with that extra push of hope and motivation to get out there and live life to the fullest! To put the past behind them. To go through each day with a smile. To accomplish all of the things they’ve ever dreamed of doing. To reach their passion in life.

And now it’s your turn – to treat tomorrow as your new beginning. What will you do with it?

Bit of Happy #73: Plant Positivity

23 Dec

Stockings Hanging by the Fireplace

“If constructive thoughts are planted, positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure, and failure will follow.”
-Sidney Madwed

By carrying positivity with you each and every day, the determination of your future will build off of that optimism. Today’s quote suggests that your attitude plays a huge part in what your days to come will hold. And in many ways, I believe there’s a lot of truth in this quote.

The thoughts you bring with you to work, school, around your friends and home to your family have a tendency to, not only affect how you present yourself on the outside, but also the level of happiness you experience on the inside.

With no confidence or drive to better yourself, how do you expect to succeed? And even more importantly, when you do meet failure throughout your life, your ability to think constructively will affect your ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and find a new path to try for a more optimistic outcome.

Open your mind to positivity. When life feels like it can’t get any worse, the true reality is… it can always get worse. So find the positive! I’m not doubting that there are times in life that can be extremely difficult to see the light. I’m just saying… make the best of what you have in front of you. And if that’s not good enough, find ways to make it better. And thinking positively is the very first step!

Happy Thursday!

Do you believe this quote is true?

Do you think it’s possible to be incredibly negative and still find positive outcomes?

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Bit of Happy #58: There’s No Guarantee

2 Dec

“Life comes without guarantee – except that smiling will brighten your face, laughing will enhance your eyes and falling in love will change your life.”
-Anonymous

Why am I so crazy about this quote?! Then again, how can you not be? It’s true that there’s no guarantee that life will be a walk in the park. Actually, you can almost guarantee that it won’t be. It’s messy, challenging and sometimes even seems unfair. WAY unfair. And this quote doesn’t stray away from the truth; however, it does take a step away from the uncertainties and a step toward some of the more optimistic aspects of life.

And if you ask me, that’s a pretty amazing way to be – to recognize the reality of the uncertainties that exist in life, but to NOT allow them to keep you from being happy. To NOT allow them to keep you from brightening your face with a smile, enhancing your eyes with a laugh and changing your life by falling in love.

Now do you see why I love, love, LOVE this quote?! I thought so.


Bit of Happy #56: Look On The Bright Side

30 Nov

“You can complain that roses have thorns, or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.”
-Ziggy

This was actually one of the very first quotes I jotted down in my book. The author, Ziggy, definitely has a point that should not be missed. So often we blind ourselves of the positives in a given situation. We close our minds to the optimistic point of view – the flip side. Certainly not limited to roses, looking on the bright side of things in life should be as important as……. brushing your teeth in the morning – REALLY. Think about it. After you have just brushed your teeth, you’re left feeling clean and refreshed, right? Looking on the bright side of things will have you feeling the same way! Trust me. Well maybe not quite ‘clean,’ but certainly uplifted, like a breath of fresh air.

Okay, that whole ‘toothbrush’ analogy may have been stretching it a bit. I probably should have just stuck with the roses. I admit it!!! Anyway, I wanted to share a story with you; one that my grandmother always told me as a child. One that I try to keep in the back of my mind as I go through each day.

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It’s a story about my mother’s brother, Gregory (my uncle). He’s one of the happiest, most easy going people I’ve ever met – not a care in the world. Greg is also mentally disabled with the intelligence of about a four or five-year-old. He cannot read, write or drive, but he’s very smart in other ways. And one of his greatest gifts is his ability to bring out the best in people. Despite a lot of difficult challenges he’s been faced with through out life, he still finds a reason to smile and a way to see the positive in every situation. The best part about it is that he’s had this strength – this incredible talent – since he was little.

My mother gave Greg a birthday card for his 8th birthday – a Snoopy birthday card. (Snoopy was (and still is) his favorite cartoon character.) He was so excited to have received this card that he wanted to take it to school to show his class. At noon, all of the children had gone out to play for recess, and Greg wanted to show a classmate his new birthday card.

Greg handed the boy his birthday card and said, “Look, look! My sister got me a Snoopy card for my birthday.”

The boy observed the front of the card and then the inside. He then looked down at Greg and tore the card in half before handing it back to him.

Greg looked down at his card, now torn in two separate pieces. His face crinkled in dismay. He then looked up at the boy, and his features softened into a gentle smile. He held up his birthday card ripped in two pieces – one in each hand.

Now… I have two,” he said, grinning from ear to ear. Greg was completely genuine and sincere in the tone behind his words.

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Despite the negativity in the boy’s actions, Greg chose to see right through them and find the bright side of the situation. The significance lie not in the ripped birthday card, but in Greg’s reaction. The focus should not lie in the negativity, but in the optimism expressed in light of something not so favorable. I think if we all took a little more time to look on the bright side, we would find a lot more happiness in our future.

I just fell in love with this story the moment I heard it. So innocent. So brave. So optimistic. It’ll be one I carry with me for the rest of my life. Just a little reminder for myself. A little reminder to look on the bright side. And maybe (if I’m lucky enough), you’ll use this story as a reminder to do the same.

Do you have a story similar to this one where you or someone you know saw the bright side of a not so great situation?

Bit of Happy #35: Leave Your Mark

1 Nov

A photograph I took for my Black & White Photography class in college.

“We are born into the world like a blank canvas, and every person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes their mark upon our surface, so it is that we develop. But we must realize that there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a masterpiece.”
-Javan

So uplifting and motivating. It paints a picture of the path that life travels. In the beginning – a white canvas is born. Pure. Innocent. Untouched. With each passing day, those who grow close to you will forever leave a mark on your canvas – some warm reds and yellows and others cool blues and purples. Some marks will last and go on forever and some may be abruptly severed. Some strokes will overlap with others, and may one day smooth over the underlying mark completely.

But no matter what effect others have on you – it is ultimately your choice how you live your life. It is ultimately your choice if you are strong or weak. It is ultimately your choice if you stay optimistic about the future or let the past drag down your spirits. The brush is in your hands to finish the work. Your life is in your hands to make it what you want. Live it the way you want.

So what is your choice? Will you be just another painting? Or, will you look at the marks others have left on your life and find a way to turn it into a masterpiece?

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Bit of Happy #3: Getting Through the Regret

16 Sep

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
-Carl Bard

I know what it’s like wanting to go back in time.. wanting to redo even years at a time. Things could have been so different if I had just…

But that’s not what life is about. We must live in the present – go from this day forward. I’m not saying to forget the past – remember it, learn from it… but move forward from it. So many of us get stuck in the past, so deep that we miss opportunities in the present. And instead of living in an optimistic future, we stumble – too busy looking back.

Bard says it all in a single sentence. Let’s face it, you can’t go back and start from the beginning (until someone creates a successful time machine). It’s impossible. But something you can do – you and anyone else… You can start from today, this very moment, and open your heart to the possibilities of the future.

What are your stories? Have you ever found yourself living in the past? Wishing you could change a choice you made?

What did you do to move forward? Or better yet, what has this post inspired you to do to move forward?

My Story…

When I was younger, I was very shy, kinda’ (okay, okay… VERY) nerdy, and I didn’t really talk to anyone in school. I wasn’t involved in any clubs or sports – I’d gotten cut from the soccer team right before school started my freshmen year. I got made fun of – not to the extent of being thrown into lockers, but I was far from prom queen. At home, I was my normal goofy self – happy and outgoing.

Something about school just zipped my mouth and the key had a very good hiding place. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t just open my mouth. Was it fear? Was it a lack of confidence? Was it out of my comfort zone?

My past was consumed in silence…

I’ll never forget the morning of the first day of tryouts for Field Hockey. I had no idea what I was doing or how to play the game (not even that you couldn’t hit the ball with both sides of the stick). I remember sitting in the car with my mom, butterflies nauseating my stomach.

“I can’t do this. I can’t do this,” I said, my heart running a marathon.

“You don’t have to do this. But I know you can,” my mom said, ever encouragingly.

I’ll tell you this, I don’t know what made me get out of that car – whether it was the leap of faith that I was talking about in an earlier post, or the mere thought of ‘what do I have to lose?’

So I learned quickly and had a sort of natural talent for the sport. I managed to make the cuts.. I made the Varsity Field Hockey team. I couldn’t believe it – my life was about to change, and I had no idea what was in store for me.

The senior Field Hockey girls brought me under their wing and taught me everything I needed to know. They taught me what confidence was. They taught what it was like to have a close circle of friends. They taught me not to fear the unknown, but rather embrace it. To take the risk. To take the chance. To step out of the past that was swallowing me up and move forward with the ‘me’ that I wanted to be.

Sometimes I think about what my life could have been like if I hadn’t gotten out of the car that morning…

Letting my past get the better of me for all those years is something I can say I truly regret. But I’m proud of myself for having the courage to step out of the darkness and into the light of the present.



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