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Bit of Happy #101: Live In The Now!

15 Feb

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.”
-Denis Waitley

You’ve got to start somewhere, because if there’s no beginning to change, how do you ever expect to grow? Learn from your past, yes, but don’t live in it. By learning, you are changing. And by changing you are growing. And by growing, you are taking advantage of the present and putting your best foot forward.

Today’s quote has a lot of truth in that we only really have control over what is happening in this very moment. The past is already done – something that cannot be changed; something that is completely out of our control. The only thing we can choose to do with our past is learn from it and change how we will live our present.

And the future, well, that story is left unwritten and has yet to unfold. I can’t say, in this moment, that five years from now I will have met my soulmate, and we will get married. I have no control over when that will happen, or if it ever will happen. I believe, when it comes to looking forward to the future, it comes with a lot of hope. Why do I believe that? Honestly, there is no guarantee that I will live past tomorrow, or tonight even. I can only hope. I can only hope that I will live past tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. And a million days after that!

But the moment in time that we do have control over is now. We can choose to set goals and learn from our past to make the best of the present moment. Whether we go forwards or backwards is completely our decision. Whether we choose to hold on to all of our wrongdoings and drown in our sorrowed memories is completely up to us. But we can also decide to live in the only moment of time over which we have any control… And that is now.

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Bit of Happy #93: Our Mission In Life

3 Feb

Ashley, from Laurel, MD, was nice enough to share one of her favorite quotes with Little Bits of Happy today! From the show Felicity, Sally Reardon’s character shares these words with a student of hers who she holds close to her heart. Despite the fact that I’ve never seen the show personally, Ashley was able to put together a great back story of the show before sharing her personal thoughts about the quote:

Felicity is about a girl (played by Keri Russell) who changes her college plans to follow a high school crush to New York where he is going to college. During the first two seasons, Felicity sends audiotapes to a former teacher, Sally, from back home because they grew close over the years. In the audiotapes, Felicity shares experiences of her new life in New York. Near the end of each episode, the teacher sends a tape back, and the viewer hears Sally’s response over the closing scene. Despite the distance between them, these tapes seem to close the gap and present the opportunity for personal reflection and meaningful conversation.

And before I get into her personal thoughts on the quote, I just wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Ashley for submitting your quote. It means the world to me and is what will ultimately give Little Bits of Happy the power it needs to make a difference!

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There are a lot of great quotes about life and love in the show Felicity. One of my favorites is:

“I guess when your heart gets broken, you sort of start to see the cracks in everything. I’m convinced that tragedy wants to harden us, and that our mission is to never let it.” – Sally Reardon

I love this quote because it has a lot of strength in it. It’s true that when something unfortunate happens, whether it is unrequited love or the loss of something, you tend see the world differently after that experience. It happens to everyone, and we can’t always control it. It’s our reaction to what happens that really matters.

(I just realized that the last statement is like another one of Sally’s quotes from the show, “I guess I’m learning, little by little, that we decide what our lives are going to be. Things happen to us, but it is our reactions that matter.”) I really love this show, in case you couldn’t already tell!

People should try to find peace with whatever hardship comes along. In the end, it  will make them that much stronger. I think it relates to your theme of “Little Bits of Happy,” because it describes a willingness to stay strong and never let negativity or tragedy take control of us or our lives. I think it’s also about understanding and realizing that it’s not your fault.

Bit of Happy #90: Stand

31 Jan

“Stand”
by Rascal Flatts

All of us know what it’s like to feel alone. Helpless. Vulnerable. “Like a candle in a hurricane. Just like a picture with a broken frame.” Life comes with a lot of uncertainty. The unknown can be very overwhelming. One minute your traveling along a newly paved road, and the next you find yourself taking twists and turns down a beaten path with no end in sight. “Stand” by Rascal Flatts recognizes those bumps in the road, but also shows the strength and patience people have to find the next right turn.

“Because when push comes to shove,
You taste what you’re made of.
You might bend ’til you break,
Because it’s all you can take.

On your knees you look up,
Decide you’ve had enough.
You get mad, you get strong.
Wipe your hands, shake it off,
Then you stand.”

 

I had a hard time finding the song I wanted to share this week, but the moment I skimmed over “Stand” in my iTunes playlist, there was no question. The lyrics are pure and real. Like the sunlight through a dusty window, this song shines truth and strength, overpowering the uncertainty that life sometimes leads.

Life’s like a novel,
With the end ripped out.
The edge of a canyon,
With only one way down.

Take what you’re given,
Before its gone.
Start holding on,
Keep holding on.”

It expresses the fight and determination. The hope and appreciation. We all have it inside of us. Burning inside of us. Sometimes it’s not always easy to find, but once our search crosses paths with that passion, we never give up. We uncover a new direction. And we don’t stop until we are back up on our own two feet. This song has never failed to give me the inspiration I need to keep fighting when things get tough, and I hope it can do the same for you!

Happy Monday!

Bit of Happy #79: In Light of the New Year

31 Dec

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.”
-Win Border

I’m sure there are certain things that you have put off doing this year, because for whatever reason, you felt that it wasn’t the right moment in time to do them. With a new year right around the corner (literally), I say we all take some advice from this quote. Make a change. Start new. Begin living. Experience everything you’ve been wanting to!

Just as this quote says, the truth is… that if you don’t start somewhere, you never will. You’ll wake up at ninety years old with creaky bones and wonder where all the time went. Wonder why you never made time for the things you always wanted to do.

I’m not disagreeing that there aren’t certain times for certain things. That sometimes it really is important to wait for the right moment. But for a lot of the other things, I think this quote has an incredible point and is perfect in light of the New Year. And with that said…

I hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year!


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 #60: Unwritten

6 Dec

Happy Monday! Happy Monday! Happy Mondayyyyyy! If there could be a theme song for my blog, I think it would have to be this one! Since my senior year in high school (when I first heard it), I absolutely fell in love with the lyrics of Natasha Bedingfield’s ‘Unwritten.’ So take a moment to listen to the song, and let me know what you think!

Some of my favorite lines in the song are: “Live your life with arms wide open,” and “Today is where your book begins; the rest is still unwritten.” To me, these lyrics encourage you to be open-minded; to embrace all the things life has to offer.

And not only that, but it also speaks to the fact that today is the first day of the rest of your life. That you can take a deep breath and clear your mind. That you can turn the page and have a brand new, fresh start. And the days preceding that moment… well, it’s still unknown. If you turn ahead in the pages of your life, they are still left clean. Untouched.

Sooner or later, however, your book will slowly be filled with all of your experiences as you take each breath of your life – what will one day be known as memories.

There’s still plenty more I would love to pull from this song, but I’d like to give all of you a chance! Share, Share, Share. Anything at all that comes to mind!

What’s your favorite part or line of the song?

What can you take from it and apply to your own life?

Do you see life in a light other than this song portrays? Do you believe, perhaps, that everything is predetermined? Or such thing as destiny?

Bit of Happy #34: It’s The Little Things In Life.

29 Oct

A photograph I took today by my house as the sun was setting.

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”
-John Burroughs

I found this quote today actually – on Lee-Ann’s blog, Quote-o-holic. On a side note, you should definitely check her site out when you get a chance. It has a lot of good, inspirational quotes with some great images! I know I will certainly be visiting her blog again in the future for more Bits of Happy.

Anyway, I was looking for a quote that really emphasized on appreciating the little things in life, and Burroughs seems to do a pretty good job. He recognizes that life is short, and there’s no way around it. So, what’s the best you can do? Do all of the things you love and more. Fill your days with productive activities and meaningful conversation. Don’t be afraid to get to know people and allow them into your life in return. Think. Walk. Learn. Grow. Get involved. If that’s intimidating, take baby steps. You gotta’ start somewhere.

I often find myself feeling as though life is flying by. I’m already almost twenty-two! And there’s so much I have that I still want to do. Some things that’ll take time. Some thing that could take a few hours or a few days. Some thing I have to wait until the time is right. But as each day passes, I try to appreciate the little things in life, cherish the things I’ve accomplished and strive to make time for the things I dream of one day doing. Life is all in what you make it. And just as this quote says, once your time is up, that’s all you can do. So get in as many thoughts as you can think, as many walks as you can take, as many books as you can read and as many friends as you can see.

And speaking of it being the little things in life that end up meaning the most (and in light of the holiday)… I absolutely love carving pumpkins! Below is a video of probably the best pumpkin I’ll ever carve. The video was actually for one of my college classes (with the help of one of my friends). But with Halloween right around the corner and the fact that I don’t post on Sundays, I thought I’d put a little Halloween spirit on my blog today.

So Happy Friday! Happy Halloween! Be safe and savor those chocolate candies – it’s the little things in life. 😉

Probably the best pumpkin I’ll ever carve!

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