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Bit of Happy #148: Together Forever

21 Apr

“We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade.”

The type of friendship that we all search and long for. Reliability. Strength. Trust. Honesty. A friendship that will uphold through the thick and thin, in the sunshine and shade. That no matter what life brings, no matter what the obstacle or challenge at hand, two true friends will walk together.

Not only does today’s quote suggest this wonderful, “picture-perfect” friendship, but the author also hints towards it being possible (which is one of my favorite parts!). That, in spoken words, it has come true. That an unbreakable bond can be formed between two people throughout life. That compassion and selflessness can shine through despite the crazy ride our lives tend to lead.

And it’s the unpredictable future, the inevitable unknown that truly proves the strength of a friendship. Puts every aspect to the test. There is no doubt that relationships go through ups and downs – bend just before the point of breaking. Despite this struggle, it’s the willingness to fight for the other that will pull both of you through. That will bring your friendship out of the shade and back into the sun.

And the best part, that time of trial will have mostly likely made that bond stronger, richer… more full. You may have learned something new about the other person, or your relationship with them. You may have revealed a new depth of yourself and can now better understand the meaning of trust. You may have proven your confidence and faithfulness to the friendship in a time of doubt.

Always remember… when you find a friendship like the one described in today’s quote, treasure it like gold. Be willing to give it all of the nurture and effort it requires. Hold on tight because the ride along the way can be full of dips and sharp turns. Whether you’re in the shade or basking in the sunshine, hopefully when you look over at that special person, you can smile. You can smile and know that as long as they are at your side, everything will be just fine.

Do you have a friend like this in your life? What are some challenges you have faced along the way?


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 #112: Pursuit of Happiness

2 Mar

“Some pursue happiness; others create it.”

Whether pursuing or creating, achieving a lifetime of happiness is an accomplishment in itself. There are definitely difficult times in life. Times that you can’t even imagine being happy. But it’s those who go out and pursue it, it’s those who go out and create it when it’s no where to be found… those are the people who make a difference.

After the tragedy of 9/11, it’s the people who supported the families and communities surrounding them that were effected. When hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, it’s the people who traveled short and far distances to help rebuild what was once there. When you are having a terrible day, it’s the people in your life that go out of their way to put a smile on your face. It’s the people who – when there’s no hope in the world – shine their brightest.

It’s those people who you are forever grateful to have in your life. Don’t forget to thank them for all that they do, because it’s those people who clear away the rainy sky and fill it with a burst of sunshine.

Bit of Happy #51: Kind Words and Kind Deeds

23 Nov

“Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of your garden,
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If this quote got any happier, I think it would burst! But that’s why I love it so much. It encourages us to be loving and caring. It teaches us the importance of having compassion for ourselves and others. Each time I read this quote, I picture the most beautiful garden I can imagine. Every day, I try to carry that garden within myself wherever I go and share it with all I meet.

Hopefully it inspires you to do the same!

Bit of Happy #29: Advice For Life

22 Oct

Taken in Philadelphia outside of the Marriott Hotel.

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”
-Eliot Hubbard

Happy Friday everyone! Thanks to all of you who have been reading and commenting this week. It has truly been the sunshine in my week. I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend!


Bit of Happy #20: Let The Sun Shine On Your Face

11 Oct

Sorry, it was quite a bit busy this weekend (borderline hectic). My sister was home from college with one of her new friends, Margot, and we’ve been having family in an out all weekend, visiting- some just left actually. Anywayyyyy, I’m not ready to break my five-posts-a-week streak, so here’s #20! Yey!

“Walk towards the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.”

Life isn’t easy. It’s messy. It’s unfair. It’s challenging. It sometimes has you wondering if you’ll ever catch a break. It sometimes feels like it’s one thing after another after another after another. We all go through them – no more or less than the next person. The absolute WORST is when nothing in life could be better – you feel like you’re floating on air – and then you get this feeling, or rather, this thought of… how long can this really last?

When I’m going through a difficult time, and I feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, I recite this quote in my mind. I close my eyes and picture the sun shining down on my face, warming my skin with a gentle breeze sifting through my hair. I try to focus on all of the good things I have in my life – big and small – and slowly the burdens and struggles I am currently facing fade away into the shadows.

Press on, no matter what the obstacle. No matter what the burden. No matter what the heartache. In life, it’s all you can do. Press on even when you feel that there is nothing left. Before you know it, you’ll have the sun peeking through the clouds and shedding some shine your way.

And if you have a moment, check out the song, ‘Pura Vida’ by Braddigan if you like this quote. I find that it kind of ties into it, and I wanted to post it on Little Bits of Happy, but I haven’t yet figured out how. I have this feeling that I need some kind of upgrade or something to be able to use those features. Anyway, I hope everyone had a great Monday!


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