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Bit of Happy #139: Walk Until You Can Trip

8 Apr

“You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.”
-Jonathan Carroll

Or, at the very least, you’ll both be laughing with each other.

So, today’s quote by Jonathan Carroll has a ton of hidden advice – advice that I think could be very valuable to all. He isn’t really speaking literally when he tells us to walk and not run when you first meet a love interest.

Instead, he is making the point to try guarding yourself to a certain extent in the beginning. Not keep things hidden from the other, but expose your true personality a little slowly; let things develop naturally – if that makes any sense. We don’t need to reveal our whole life story, weird quirks and bad habits on our first date with someone else, but those should be things that come out with time.

And with all of those aside, the most important thing to guard is your heart. Until you can make mistakes and show your true colors, walk. Until you can experience new things and put faith into them when you feel insecure, walk. Until you can trust the other person to fall in love completely and fully, walk.

But… the moment you can do all of those things, run. Run as fast as you can. And once you reach your lover’s arms, hang on as tight as possible, because life is a wild ride with no guarantees. Oh yeah, and even if you trip, they’ll at least be there to pick you up.

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Bit of Happy #135: Sea Breeze

4 Apr

“Sea Breeze”
by Tyrone Wells

“Did I really meet her, or was it just a sweet dream…
That lingers in the morning, like a melody?
Over and over, all through the day,
I can’t stop thinking about how I’m feeling this way.

She moves like sea breeze, swirling around me.
The fragrance that she leaves, hangs in the air.
Soft like a whisper, she’s calling me to her.
These eyes have seen the most beautiful dream.”

A song unlike any other, “Sea Breeze” by Tyrone Wells holds a magic that I’ve never heard before. Not only are the lyrics flawless, but his voice is wholesome and tells an enchanting story. Left wondering if it was all just a dream, he laid eyes on what seems like an angel from heaven – she moved like sea breeze and smelled sweetly. Gently, he seems to gravitate toward her without much choice, she has this way about her that cannot be explained. In surrender, he recapitulates this encounter as the most beautiful dream he’s ever had.

This explanation is nothing that anyone can’t pull from these lyrics, but I wanted to open up the song topic for conversation with all of you. So take a moment to listen to today’s Music Quote Monday, and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday!

What did you think of today’s Music Quote Monday? How do you interpret the lyrics?

Do you think this song really was about a dream, or do you think the lyrics convey a real encounter that feels like a dream?

Bit of Happy 131: Goals Aren’t Enough!

29 Mar

“Goals aren’t enough! You need goals plus deadlines: goals big enough to get excited about and deadlines to make you run. One isn’t much good without the other, but together they can be tremendous.”
-Ben Feldman

A while back, I started thinking about where Little Bits of Happy was going. What do I want to accomplish? When will it be finished? How many Little Bits of Happy should there be? For the past two months or so, I’ve been sitting on these big questions. I started this blog without a clear distinct ending point, and though I had a goal of changing the world through my quotes and my thoughts… how will I measure the success of that?

Though some of these questions are still left unanswered, today’s quote by Ben Feldman made me realize the true importance of deadlines. The goal of changing lives through my words was certainly enough to get me excited, but it’s the deadline that I believe will give me the drive to accomplish it. So here it is:

Deadline: I want to get to Bit of Happy #365 by April 30 of next year, 2012.

That’s right! 365 Quotes – one quote for each day of the year! Like your morning coffee, Little Bits of Happy can become a daily ritual – that little bit of inspiration to get motivated for the day ahead.

Since I have #234 left, and that’s more than twice the amount that I have now, I realize the weight of this commitment. It will take a lot of motivation to still be posting a Little Bit of Happy every day this time next year. But I want to do this. And as long as that passion, that drive stays with me, I know I can do this.

Why does there have to be an end? There are a lot of other dreams and aspirations I want to accomplish in life. And believe it or not, this commitment takes up a great deal of my time. Because of this, it is important to have a deadline – an ending point. Not because I want Little Bits of Happy to end, but because I want to fully experience this and then move on to the next chapter in my life. I never imagined this blog would steal my heart the way it has. I’ve always wanted to start one, but never did I think beyond its beginning. And now that Little Bits of Happy has hit the ground running, up to #131, the next step was to look into the future.

I hope you liked today’s quote, and perhaps felt inspired to create a deadline for a goal you have in life. Deadlines get things started and accomplished. And I think it helps us see that what we want is possible. The first step is to begin!

Happy Tuesday!

Bit of Happy #125: Hold My Hand

21 Mar

Hold My Hand
by Hootie and the Blowfish

It’s finally getting warmer, and with the beautiful weather will come some amazing summer songs! I’ve been holding out and trying so hard to wait for spring. And since the first day of spring was yesterday, I’m not waiting a moment longer! I love listening to this song in my car with the windows down and my hand floating in the breeze. “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish has a powerful message that brings people together and shows the strength in taking on the world hand in hand instead of trying to do so all alone.

“With a little love, and some tenderness,
We’ll walk upon the water.
We’ll rise above this mess.
With a little peace, and some harmony,
We’ll take the world together.
We’ll take ‘em by the hand.

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you.
‘Cause I wanna run with you.”

Whether a cherished friendship, the love of your life, or the unbreakable bond between parent and child, “Hold My Hand” has incredibly strong lyrics that can touch the lives of many. With a little love, some tenderness, a little peace and some harmony, this song pulls us closer to our loved ones in a gentle, yet gravitating way.

I hope you listen to today’s song and find the same feeling in your heart that I have!

Happy Monday!

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Bit of Happy #80: Winding Road

3 Jan

Beautiful song, beautiful lyrics. Bonnie Somerville does an incredible job at bringing life to these meaningful words in ‘Winding Road.’ The first time I heard this song was while watching Garden State. Though it has been years since I last saw that movie, the song is something I revisit often. It encourages me to always have hope. A hope and drive to find where I belong.

Here are some of my favorite lyrics of the song:

“And it’s a winding road.
I’ve been walking for a long time.
I still don’t know,
Where it goes.

And it’s a long way home.
I’ve been searching for a long time.
I still have hope,
I’m gonna find my way home.”

Recognizing that life isn’t always easy, a winding road, Somerville makes it pretty clear that uncertainties and longing may always exist in life – that is, until you can find where you belong. Until you find your way home. And wherever it is that you find your happiness, cherish it. Love it. Nourish it. And with your efforts, watch it begin to flourish.

Home is never something achievable, but rather, a work in progress. Happiness comes in growth and learning. It is encouraged through love and affection. It develops in collaboration and bonding. If you stray away from home, from what makes you happy… If you fail to nurture it and provide it with love… then it too shall fade.

But if you dress your home in health and prosperity, it shall bring you all the happiness in the world. Despite the fact that this song focuses mainly on the search for happiness, I find myself thinking ahead to once you find where you belong then what? And that’s where all of my above thoughts come from.

Though I certainly look to this song when I’m looking for a little encouragement in my search to fill in the places where happiness does not yet exist. I keep in mind that the search requires patience, perseverance and sincerity. And through those qualities, I can only hope that one day the places that were once empty will be overflowing with the happiness I’d been searching for. And once I find where I belong, may I learn to never take that happiness for granted a day in my life.

So take a moment to listen to ‘Winding Road,’ and let me know what you think!

Happy Monday!

Bit of Happy #54: The Source

26 Nov


“Discontent is the source of all trouble, but also of all progress, in individuals and nations.”
-Berthold Auerbach

When we are not happy with something or someone, one of two things can happen – either trouble (resulting through negative tactics) or progress (resulting through positive change). I guess we can also choose to do nothing, but in reference to this quote, it is speaking of situations where one is pushed to his or her limit. And in some situations it may not just be one; it could be a family, a group of people, a religion, a country or the entire world. With enough discontent present, something will change. Whether through trouble or progress, we are forced to act and find comfort in our decisions. And with these decisions, a more desirable outcome will hopefully surface.

Think about it. Apply it to your life. This quote has a ridiculous amount of truth. In disagreements. In debates. In war. And in charity initiatives. In outreach programs. In movements. When we recognize enough discontent, we find enough drive to make change happen. In most recent years, we’ve been challenged with enough discontent to make change – to make a lot of change. We’ve been called to react. Decide. Move forward. What type of challenges? When the terrorist attacks hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. When the Indian Ocean Tsunami reached the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and others.

Throughout life, we will be presented with difficult times. Times where we may not approve of something or someone’s choices. Times where things may happen that we just don’t understand the justification behind it. Whether on a personal level or on a much larger scale, we must speak up when life calls us to do so. We must rise to the challenge to make positive change. When I first came across this quote a couple weeks ago, I knew I wanted to share it. I knew I wanted to have this discussion and bring this type of awareness. This quote leaves room for a lot of interpretation, a lot of open-ended thought. And for that very reason and the meaning behind the words of this quote, it is exactly why I wanted to share it on Little Bits of Happy.

Happy Friday! See you bright and early on Monday – well, the post may not come until after work. Either way, it’ll be on Monday at some point. Hope you all have an incredible holiday weekend. Stay safe, and eat lots and lots of TURKEY! (I know I have already.)


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.

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