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Bit of Happy #9: Make a Promise

24 Sep

“Promise yourself to be strong – that nothing can disturb your piece of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all of your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as your are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievement of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.”
-Christian D. Larson

It’s hard to find the words to say after reading a quote like that. This one has left me speechless time and time again. The only valuable thing that can stand up to this quote is that I strive, every day, to live, breathe and dream the essence exuded through these words. This quote inspires me to make a promise to myself – its one of those Bits Of Happy that you should read every morning when you wake up.

It’s the perfect reminder to live your life as happy and as full as possible, while touching the lives others like a budding flower through cracks of gravel. Warm your heart with positivity and warm the hearts of others through your trust and confidence in them. Share your smile with everyone you meet; even the smallest gestures can be the soft rays of the sun in someone’s day.

Could you imagine what the world be like if everyone lived from this quote?

What’s one thing you can learn and take from this quote?

How will this quote change the way you live your life?

Click on the card below to print out this quote. Place it on your nightstand as a reminder to start your day with a new promise.


Bit of Happy #8: Free Yourself

23 Sep

“Let go of the things in the past, only then can you be free.”

I wrote this entry quite a bit ago. And even though it isn’t quite accurate with where my life stands today, I still felt some of you may get some encouragement or insight out it it. It was a fun post at the time, so I decided to post it anyway. So here it is…

Heavy burdens and broken hearts of the past can weigh you down and keep you from flying free, from living life. This quote has been an inspiration in my life, over and over again.

Most recently, I was hurt by a very close friend of mine. Out of no where, he dropped into my life, and we more or less became instant best friends. We were both seeing other people at the time, so a strong friendship built naturally. I trusted him with everything I had. I never imagined either of us hurting one another. And when things moved to the next level as our significant others faded into the past, I was even more confident in those beliefs.

Long story short and lots of drama later, we ended with – he wasn’t ready for anything serious, and I was, well, nothing short of broken. Coming from a past of being hurt by total jerks, I never thought in a million years that my best friend – well, that we would end up the way we did.

But the point of blubbering about all of this isn’t even about my broken heart. It’s the fact that after that… I swore to myself that I would put my guard up and never, EVER let it down again. I was tired and done with opening myself up, only to be hurt. You know, the song with the lyrics: “This time, baby, I’ll be bulletproof” – Yeah, that was my life’s theme song.

Anyway, I met a guy this summer. Side note: I have a track record for terrible first dates and definitely never second ones. And by terrible, I mean either creepy, ignorant, ready to say ‘I Do’ or… I’m just not really feeling it. Well, this new guy was polite, down-to-earth, creative, intelligent and we both had a lot of common interests. Oh, and he’s pretty cute too.

Building, building.. (Man I am wordy today) THE POINT: I would have never even given this guy a chance if I’d allowed my past to hold me back. If I hadn’t set myself free from the last heart break, this prince-charming-of-a-guy wouldn’t have fallen into my life. I could have been curled up in my bed, crying the moment I actually spent meeting him.

That’s what’s funny about life.. Think – instead of hanging onto the guy that’s obviously bad for you, why not get out there and live in the moments you were supposed to live and run into the guy who is right (not literally). But really, if you even have a doubt that he’s not treating you the way he’s supposed to be, he probably isn’t. If your making up excuses in your mind for him – reasons why he isn’t treating you right – then he’s not the right one. I can promise you that.

I was reading “He’s Just Not That Into You” when I was not officially “dating” but being “exclusive” with my best friend. I hated the book. It was telling me everything I didn’t want to hear. That my best friend wasn’t right for me. I was so blinded by him and my misconstrued way of thinking that he was right for me that I thought the book was SO BEYOND wrong. If I just wait a lllliiittttllllleeee longer, then he’ll — stop me there. PLEASE!

But I’m seeing the light. ‘New guy’ has showed me the light. Whether this new guy is the one for me or not, he has put a lot of things into perspective. One – He’s showed me how guys should and can treat a girl. Two – If he and I don’t work out, it simply wasn’t meant to be and someone else will come along. Three – Don’t ever allow your past to burden or impede on living your future to the fullest. Learn from it, be cautious of it (without a doubt), but don’t ever let it hold you back from living.

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.

How Will You Give Something Beautiful to the World?

13 Sep

Earlier today, I was thinking of how to start this blog – what my first entry should be like. It’s always hard to start something new. To make the first mark on a blank canvas. But when it comes down to it, this entry isn’t going to have much meaning or overall impact on the blog. Not at all, really. It’s only going to be the first stroke of many that will end up part of  a beautiful masterpiece. It may be the stroke that is covered by the rest, or the one that stands out the most. But the canvas will always remain blank if you’re too afraid to pick up the brush and start.

So, How will I give something beautiful to the world?

I started with this collection of quotes. A few years back, I was inspired to jot down these precious snippets in a small notebook as I stumbled upon them. Attached to these quotes are memories, feelings and inspirations of my past… These quotes have woven into the very threads of my life.

My intention with this blog is to share my little bits of happy on a larger scale. Friends and family would come over and flip through the collection and each of them would fall in love with different ones. They were touched by the quotes in different ways. So I started thinking – how can I share them with lots of people?

Thinking about what quotes have done for me… What if I could help others feel the same way, simply by sharing. These are the quotes that have given me hope in times of doubt, that have given me courage in times of diffident. Out of this blog, I want to bring hope and joy in the lives of others. I want to help raise people out of the despair or uncertainty in their lives. Put a smile on a frowning face. To give something beautiful to the world, even if it’s only one life that breathes easier…

So,with all that said… Welcome to Little Bits of Happy.

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