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Bit of Happy #145: The Call

18 Apr

“The Call”
by Matt Kennon

When I first heard today’s song about a year ago, it moved me – practically brought me to tears. I thought about it the other day and couldn’t remember what it was called or who it was by. But one thing I could never forget is its message. “The Call” by Matt Kennon shares two incredible stories about the effect we can have on each others’ lives – on our loved ones, friends, family and possibly even strangers. Our words of kindness and courage can really mean a lot to someone in need; perhaps more than we will ever know.

Take a moment to listen to today’s Music Quote Monday, and the music video is pretty good too. Though it is a little sad, it is mostly happy in its conclusion, and I think it’s impossible to be disappointed with its underlying message:

“If someone you know is weighing on your mind,
And needs a friend on the other end of the line,
Don’t hesitate what you say may seem so small.
But who knows,
They might be glad you called.

So, make the call.”

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Bit of Happy #134: The Only Sunshine

2 Apr

“Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.”
– Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What a thought. Today’s quote, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., shows the power of a smile. Something as small as a that kind gesture can go a long way. It doesn’t cost any money. It doesn’t require the accomplishment of any great feat. Just tug those muscles at the corners of your lips, and you may very well make someone’s day quite wonderful. Inspire new hope. Shine new light.

So what should you do?SMILE!

Happy Friday!

Bit of Happy #129: Don’t Miss Out

25 Mar

“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

Sometimes it’s difficult for us to realize what we truly have. If some of the most precious things in our lives were suddenly jeopardized, I believe we would see into a small window of what it would be like without them.

After reading that very sentence, it’s the things that first popped into your mind; those are the things that mean the most to you. And those are the first things you should put most of your effort into. Most of you heart into. Stop to enjoy and celebrate the days you are given.

Each and every day you are given with them should be a day cherished. So hug them a little tighter. Love them more than yesterday. Show you appreciate all of the little things they do.

Your happiness is all around you. You’re breathing it in, basking in its warmth. But until you take a moment, close your eyes and remember all of the reasons you have to be happy, you may let it pass you by.

Speaking of happy… Happy Friday!

Bit of Happy #118: The Gift of Sacrifice

10 Mar

“Anyone can give away something expensive, but only those who understand sacrifice can give away something valuable.”
-Kris Vallotton

A million dollars to a billionaire. A small single-family apartment to someone who owns five luxurious houses along some of the most desired coasts. A Honda to someone who owns a brand new BMW, Mercedes and some other super expensive car.

All of these high-ticket items are certainly expensive. They are all things that some people would love to have. At the same time, the billionaire, luxurious homeowner or car owner may very well give away these types of items to help a family, a friend or a charity. But without the understanding of sacrifice, without giving away something of personal value, they cannot truly embrace the gift of giving.

Until you sacrifice something precious to you to help another – something tangible like food or shelter, or something intangible like your time or your love – you can’t possibly understand the entirety to giving.

I think Kris Vallotton brings up a great point. And in light of the giving season, why don’t we all think of something or some way we can give back to our communities?

I never understood why people gave up certain foods for Lent, or promised to exercise daily… something that is beneficial to only who… you. But that’s not really what this time of year is about at all. It’s about sacrifice. And that’s not sacrificing something for personal benefit… it’s supposed to bring happiness and benefit to others. So, give up that junk food and soda, sure… but give it to someone who needs it. Donate it to a local after school program. Or, take the money that you would have spent on that junk food and put it to good use. Good use to benefit others. Make the commitment to exercise every day, sure… but work towards some type of charity walk or race for the cure. Put your energy into something, sacrifice that time and effort to help others who are fighting for their lives.

How can we help others? I think that’s the true question we need to ask ourselves. And the answer to that question lies in being willing to sacrifice… willing to give away something valuable to our lives. That’s when we put the benefit of others above our own. That’s when we make a real difference. That’s when we learn the true value of giving and of self-sacrifice.

Bit of Happy #109: Just Right

25 Feb

“Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart.”
-Winnie Holzman

Have you ever experienced those moments in life when someone says something to you, and it’s exactly what you needed to hear in that moment? Sometimes I feel like there are angels on Earth that come and rescue me in my times of need. Who know all the right things to say to give me the hope and strength I need to carry on. And I love nothing more than to be able to return the same clarity to the people I care about most, and even strangers.

Give more than you take. And help more than need. If the world focused a little more on ‘give’ and ‘help’ and a little less on ‘take’ and ‘want,’ I think we would have a more gracious life with a much brighter future. Like the sun’s rays sifting through the pine trees, a compliment, words of advice or a kind gesture has the power to fill the empty place in someone’s heart. It has the power to bring hope, joy and reassurance in their time of doubt or hardship.

Kind words can be an irreplaceable gift. And sometimes those words are all a person needs to find their inner strength – their drive to keep fighting. To keep breathing. To keep living. To me, there’s no better sense of success than helping people find the light that was always there to begin with. I live for those moments.

Did today’s quote inspire you to reach out to others?

Has someone ever said the perfect thing just when you needed to hear it?

Bit of Happy #45: My Wish

15 Nov

I love, love, LOVE this next one. It’s a country song. I know, I know – two country songs in a row, but it really sums everything up; right in these very lyrics are all the things I would hope for, for all of the people I love the most! And to even expand that – EVERYONE! I wish this kind of life for everyone in the world. Truly, I mean that. There’s a lot you can take and learn from in this song. All of life’s most precious moments and teachings.

I believe this song shows that each and every person – you deserve all of these things – “your dreams stay big, your worries stay small.” I hope you learn to appreciate and cherish all the things this song talks about – “I hope you always forgive and you never regret, and you help somebody every chance you get.” And above all things, I hope you can find this type of strength every day of your life when you get up in the morning and close your eyes at night – “And if one door opens to another door closed, I hope you keep on walking until you find the window.”

Can you guess it? If you don’t know it.. it’s called “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Take a moment to listen to the lyrics. I hope you enjoy it.

I always imagined giving this song to my children (with the hope of one day being blessed with that experience, that is). The strength and encouragement within the lyrics are undeniable – the same strength and encouragement I wish to give my children every day for as long as I live.

It’s funny – the director of my mom’s preschool must have felt the same way, because she chose this song to sing for the end of the year at their graduation ceremony. For one, it amazed me that the teachers even wanted to take on the challenge of teaching such a complicated song to their little ones. And two, what was even more amazing is they learned. It shows you can teach anything with the proper patience and enthusiasm. Anyway, I wish I could show you the video of these children singing this song. It was absolutely precious. Beyond precious. And even though they probably didn’t fully understand the lyrics at that moment, I surely hope they one day find themselves living each day through that song.

Just figured this was a little story of hope to bring a few smiles. A way to start off the week on a positive note. Happy Monday!

Do you have a favorite part of the song? Find it inspiring? Encouraging? Motivating?

What lyrics can you take and learn from “My Wish?”

Bit of Happy #42: Let It Shine

10 Nov

Tracy, a coworker of mine, was nice enough to share one of her many favorite quotes with us. There are different versions of this quote, so I went with the one she submitted to me by Nelson Mandela. Tracy is an outgoing, full-of-life and passionate mother who is looking to ‘recycle her twenties’ – meaning going out there and living the experiences that she hasn’t gotten around to experiencing. From learning a new language to gambling in Vegas, you can follow Tracy on her amazing journey through her new blog, The Tracy Experiment. It’s a new beginning for her, a fresh start, a new chapter on life that she has yet to write. Travel with her through every step of the way in a fun loving and adventurous writing style. Don’t miss out on this great read!

The morning sun melting away the night’s frost.

Interestingly enough, I’d come across this quote one night while watching the tail end of ‘Coach Carter.’ I was so intrigued by this quote that I Googled it after the movie ended. I think that’s where the different versions come into play. Regardless, the meaning still shines through like sun’s rays slicing through evening clouds. And that is this…

Everyone is different. An individual. Two people may certainly be alike, but never identical. And because of this individuality, we each have different strengths – powers beyond measure. You are your biggest threat to reaching success. Your fears are your biggest doubt keeping you from enlightenment. Only you hold yourself back. And with this knowledge, what now will you do?

Shine! That’s what you’ll do. Shine with all your might. All your strength. Let all of your talents break through the clouds and shine on everyone around you. Don’t hide who you are. Take pride in your strengths and use them to serve the world around you. Your determination to be the best person you can be will not place condescending shadows on others, but instead will encourage them to do the same – shine! If the whole world brought out the best in others and in return, themselves, think where we could be today…

Powerful beyond measure.

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