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Bit of Happy #141: Possibility

12 Apr

“I don’t need easy, I just need possible.”
-The Movie, Soul Surfer

Now, that’s an attitude that never gives up. Though, I’ve never seen the movie, Soul Surfer (in fact, I’m not sure it’s even out in theaters yet) is built from an amazing quote and story.

The first time I heard it I was sitting on my bed with my laptop, writing an entry for Little Bits of Happy. I had the TV on for background noise, and for whatever reason, my ears perked up when the trailer‘s main character spoke these words. I looked up from my computer screen and took in its meaning.

Suddenly, as I found myself pondering the depth of this quote, I realized it would be PERFECT to share on Little Bits of Happy. I did a little research, and Soul Surfer was actually based on a true story. It’s about a girl named Bethany Hamilton who lived, breathed and dreamed about surfing. One day while out in the water, a shark bit her, and she lost one of her arms in the attack. This quote comes out of her recovery. Out of her bravery. Out of learning to surf again, only this time without one of her arms. She struggles, but makes it very clear that it doesn’t have to be easy, as long as it’s possible.

I think we can all take a lot from this type of attitude and apply it to our own lives. I think sometimes when the going gets tough, we give up. We walk away. We find an easier route. But this quote is telling us to do the opposite. It is telling us to have the courage to go after what is possible, not what is easy. It is telling us to dream big, and if there’s a will and a way that we can make it our reality.

I hope you liked today’s quote as much as I did!

Happy Tuesday!

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Bit of Happy #140: Take Me There

11 Apr

“Take Me There”
by Rascal Flatts

“There’s a place in your heart where nobody’s been.
Take me there.”

This song stole my heart in the first two lines. I don’t think there are enough words in the world to describe how this song touched me. “Take Me There” by Rascal Flatts is, without a doubt, a love song but even then, it seems to reach deeper than that.

It’s not just any love – it’s a love where nobody previously has been before. It is a love that will go deeper than ever before. Grow stronger than ever before. Reach further to the depths of your soul, of your heart, than ever before.

And to make a statement to someone like the very first two lines of this song shows commitment. Shows willingness. Shows the passion to know their love inside out, better than anyone else in this world. And to me, that’s saying something. A lot actually.

A few more lines of the song follow, along with the video (which is pretty cute by the way). Take a moment to read and listen/watch, and if you like the song as much as I do, click the link below to hop on a fast track to buying the song and making it your very own!

“I wanna know, everything about you.
And I wanna go, down every road you’ve been.
Where your hopes and dreams and wishes live,
Where you keep the rest of your life hid.
I wanna know the girl behind that pretty stare.
Take me there.

Your first real kiss, your first true love, you were scared.
Show me where.
You learned about life, spent your summer nights, without a care.
Take me there.
I wanna roll down Mainstreet and back roads like you did when you were a kid.
What makes you who you are, tell me what your story is.

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.

Bit of Happy #75: Something Coming Over

27 Dec

Like many, I love the band, OAR. The difference – I didn’t really listen to their music until a few years ago. Most OAR fans my age grew up listening to them as a kid, but I never really gave them much of a chance until pretty recently. Anyway, one of my favorite songs – one that I fell in love with the moment I first heard it – is called “Something Coming Over.”

A love song at its finest, “Something Coming Over” takes on the excitement of a budding relationship, or perhaps the depth of loving another person so much that you find yourself changing for the better. This song tells a little love story about a guy who doesn’t recognize himself at first,

“Who’s that with his arms around you,
Making eyes at you that way?
He looks in love.
He looks familiar,
Damn, it’s me.
Never thought I’d see that day.”

but having found the girl that can settle him down, he finds himself happier than he’s ever been. The lyrics show that in his mind, she is worth settling down for; even though at first, he is unaware that it is even happening – much like the way true love seems to come about, if you ask me anyway.

“And now we’re talking about the future.
Oh, and our future’s wide open,
‘Cause your love is the best place I’ve ever been.”

This is one of my favorite lines of all the lyrics; I just love the optimism and sense of togetherness. It’s something I hope to one day experience and share with someone else – that same type of enthusiasm for each other. Openness and the ability to be spontaneous and excited about the unknown, I believe, is very important for a relationship. It keeps things fresh and new, and encourages a constant level of learning about each other.

So… if you think you know absolutely everything there is to know about the person who has your heart, think again. I’m certainly not denying or trying to discredit your closeness. I’m only attempting to challenge you. To get you to go out and find something that neither of you have ever done before, or done together. I can guarantee that whatever that experience may be, it will bring you closer. It’ll teach you more about one another, and even yourself. That’s the greatest thing about love – it’s ever growing, ever changing. And it’s up to you to keep your love growing and changing together.

Do like this song? Have you ever heard it before?

Did you see the lyrics in a different light or with a different story than I described?

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 #32: Carry Him With You

27 Oct

Khristine stumbled upon this quote while reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. She felt it could shed some spiritual light on my blog and personally found it optimistic in a time of hardship. Khristine did an AMAZING job sharing the following story with me and now, with all of the readers of Little Bits of Happy. It’s heart-felt, enlightening and reflective on how life can seem to be falling apart in the moment, but all you need is a little faith and guidance to find comfort in the truth – that there’s always room for opportunity in life. So here it is, and a special thanks goes out to Khristine for taking the time to share this. THANK YOUUUU!

Photograph submitted by Khristine, VA (Two.Toned)

“There’s one story behind this, and it’s quite interesting. I do not consider myself to be a very religious person and do not attend church every Sunday, but I do have strong faith in God. When my ex-boyfriend, Dave, ended our 3-year relationship only to find out he replaced me with one of my friends a few days later, I was devastated. I felt betrayed – not only by my boyfriend, but also by my friend who I was there for whenever she needed me. I didn’t know how to move on, and I was confused. It was a time when I just wanted to get away. In search of guidance, I found myself in front of my church. It was empty inside. No one was there. I sat on one of the pews and looked up at Christ’s body hanging on the cross. I burst into tears.

Being in that quiet church, I felt more connected with God. I usually find myself crying because of how painful it can be to live. I questioned Him: Why do bad things happen? I wanted to know why I was being forced to let go of people. I couldn’t see or hear him, but I felt him right next to me, listening quietly. In my head, I asked God: Why did it end like this? What did I do to deserve this? I am confused. Tell me what to do. Show me the right path. Please, God help me. I need help. I’m begging you. I know I don’t attend church as much as I should, but please, I need you.

I didn’t get my answers that day. Not the next day either. But after about six months, I was having the best time of my life. I found the answers to all of the questions I asked Him on that day at church – not right away and not all at once, but slowly and in many ways. I literally had to let go and allow Him to guide me to the right path. After six months, I fell in love with a guy who treated me like a queen, who swept me off my feet. I was truly lucky! God listens, and it is up to us to reach out and take His hand. His intentions will always be what is best for us.”

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Did you find Khristine’s quote and story inspirational? You can find more of her thoughts on life on her personal blog, Two.Toned.

Bit of Happy #25: How do you want to be remembered?

18 Oct

“When you judge others, you don’t define them, you define yourself.”
-Wayne Dyer

Everyone talks. This is not a statement of conditions, it’s a fact. At some point in your life, whether big or small, often or once in a while, you have talked about another person. Words that would potentially hurt someone if those words were replayed. We all have. I have. I’ll openly admit it.

In the most recent years, I try to keep this quote in mind before I let gossip spill from my lips – words that I know I could come to regret. I consciously try every day to build my character through positivity. Though, sometimes it is difficult when a world of pessimism surrounds you. I know it’s hard when speaking with friends, family and coworkers to talk about another person, close or distant to you. But I know one thing… I don’t want to be remembered as the girl who talks about everyone behind their back, but rather the person who only has optimistic things to share about others, and life in general. I bite my tongue when I get the urge, or at least, I try my hardest. In times of weakness, I use this quote and my passion for living life and spreading that optimism to others as my guidance.

However, I’m not perfect. Definitely not perfect. FAR FROM PERFECT. I slip up. Unfortunately, I can’t really think of any stories to share where my words have brought a lot of pain to another person (well, then again, I guess that’s a good thing (but it would have made a great, gossipy entry, would it? lol)). Anyway, I try to be the clear-headed person in every situation, and never allow anger or hurt to cloud my thoughts… and so far, I feel like I’ve been pretty good at that.

From my childhood, I never really knew what it was like to be the bully. Instead, I was on the receiving end. I know what it feels like to be made fun of. I’ll never forget in 5th grade, two boys made fun of me so bad that I came home crying every day from school. Eventually my mom called the teacher and had my seat moved to the over side of the classroom. It didn’t solve the problem completely – not until they found someone new to pick on. And even though the fingers were no longer pointing at me, what about the other kid?

Being bullied by someone isn’t fun and being judged isn’t much fun either. No one truly knows the depth of hurt until they have been unfairly criticized by someone else. I’m not here to preach, but consider keeping this quote in your pocket for the next chatty day. It’ll make the world a little less gloomy, and a little bit happier.

What happy things have you shared with others about others recently?

Was there a time that you chose not to say something about someone because it wasn’t very nice? Or a time that you wish you hadn’t said certainly things about another?

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