Tag Archives: Thoughts

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.”

Advertisements

Bit of Happy #138: A Gift With No Cost

7 Apr

“A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.”
-Anonymous

I found a handful of quotes about the influence of a smile sometime last week. Not that a smile overload would be a bad thing, but I’ve been trying to spread out these new quotes with the others that I have.

Today’s quote, author unknown, was by far one of my favorites of the bunch. The entire thing as a whole brings so much positivity and light to what a smile can do for you… and what it can do for others. And the best part, it’s free! Free and requiring little time and effort, smiling tends to be contagious. We tend to experience happiness out from others’ happiness. Such a small gesture can brighten someone’s day – whether they are your best friend, your parent or a complete stranger.

“It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.” This part, this very sentence is what really tugged at my heart. It touched the very core of my soul. This is the line that made my thoughts drift to the ones I love, picturing each of them with a smile on their face. Cheesy perhaps, but just those memories of each one of them brought – well, what would you know – a smile to my face!

Give away your smiles and collect the ones that are given back to you. You never know when someone you know, or you yourself, may need to bring out that memory on a rainy day. It is the happiest moments that get us through the difficult times. It is the happiest moments that give us a reason to stay strong. It is the happiest moments that remind us why life is worth living.

“Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as no one needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.So, give others a reason to remember to smile. Give them a reason to find happiness in their life. Give them a reason to live each moment to the absolute fullest. And you can do all of these things simply with a smile.

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 #94: A Faithful Step

4 Feb

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Friday! As ready as I am for the weekend, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on today’s quote. Spoken by an inspirational, determined man, I can feel the power and strength in merely the words. There are times in life that can be scary. Overwhelming. Defeating.

Despite those moments, this quote is bringing the reality of life into the forefront. A lot of the time, the first step we take to reaching our goals is one of faith. We have to be willing to risk a certain amount with the hope of one day gaining much more in return. Whether knowledge, experience or love, without taking that initial chance – without taking that first step of faith – you will never learn of your full potential.

To me, failure is incredibly discouraging. But even worse in my mind is not trying at all. To fear failure so much that you refuse to take that initial chance at something new is an even bigger risk. It is a risk of never truly experiencing. Of never truly loving. Of never truly living.

It is impossible to see into the future, and it is okay to not be able to see the whole staircase. But you have to be willing to take that first step, because to stay on the ground… is to risk a lot more.

Bit of Happy #87: It All Begins In The Mind

26 Jan

“Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
-Frank Outlaw

Like a small seed planted into the ground, your destiny begins from a simple thought. As the thought turns into words, which turns into actions, what was once a tiny seed begins budding in new growth. From your repetitious actions, habits slowly form, and your character begins to emerge. And who you are and the path you proceed in this life will ultimately determine your fate.

I think this is an incredible quote and offers some great advice. It shows the power of a simple thought and its ability to lead you into the future. Watching what you think, what you say and how you act is good practice for anyone. Focusing on positive thoughts will bring positive words, actions and habits. Building an optimistic character will spread that same optimism all around you. And by surrounding yourself with happiness, love and strength, a beautiful flower will begin to blossom.

Bit of Happy #81: To Lie or to Tell the Truth

4 Jan

“What is better – a lie that draws a smile, or a truth that draws a tear?”
-Miracle on 34th Street

Definitely a great quote for discussion, the meaning within these words can be applied to countless situations. It wasn’t too long ago that I was talking with a friend about a situation that was more or less guided by this very question.

What’s better…

…to lie and avoid causing discomfort or unhappiness to the other person?

or…

…to tell the truth and risk hurting the other person?

It’s a difficult question. One where both parts have their benefits. And their detriments. But when it comes to my views, thoughts and opinions, I mostly run with the ‘honesty is the best policy’ type of mentality. Hurting someone is never easy. Knowing you’ve caused pain or sorrow is no walk in the park either.

But we too must think about what happens when we don’t tell the truth. When we keep our thoughts and feelings hidden. What good does it do for the other person? In the short term, it may spare them some time away from hurt. But in the end, the truth will always surface. And by then, the pain brought upon the other person could be much, much worse.

I’ve come across times in my life where the truth would only bring the person harm. Where there is no foreseen benefit. No chance for positive steps in the future. Where this truth will truly only bring dark storm clouds overhead, waiting to burst. So now the question is, do they deserve to know the truth despite the weight within those words? Or should you choose to keep it from them – blanket them in warmth and safety from the reality?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to all of life’s questions. And I will dare to say that there may be certain situations that are better off living a lie. There may very well be exception to the rule. The only bit of advice I can give you from here is to follow your heart. Switch positions with the other person and contemplate what fate you would want for yourself. I have faith in you. As long as you keep the best interest of others in mind, I think you’ll be on the right track to making good decisions.

Happy Tuesday!

Bit of Happy #73: Plant Positivity

23 Dec

Stockings Hanging by the Fireplace

“If constructive thoughts are planted, positive outcomes will be the result. Plant the seeds of failure, and failure will follow.”
-Sidney Madwed

By carrying positivity with you each and every day, the determination of your future will build off of that optimism. Today’s quote suggests that your attitude plays a huge part in what your days to come will hold. And in many ways, I believe there’s a lot of truth in this quote.

The thoughts you bring with you to work, school, around your friends and home to your family have a tendency to, not only affect how you present yourself on the outside, but also the level of happiness you experience on the inside.

With no confidence or drive to better yourself, how do you expect to succeed? And even more importantly, when you do meet failure throughout your life, your ability to think constructively will affect your ability to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and find a new path to try for a more optimistic outcome.

Open your mind to positivity. When life feels like it can’t get any worse, the true reality is… it can always get worse. So find the positive! I’m not doubting that there are times in life that can be extremely difficult to see the light. I’m just saying… make the best of what you have in front of you. And if that’s not good enough, find ways to make it better. And thinking positively is the very first step!

Happy Thursday!

Do you believe this quote is true?

Do you think it’s possible to be incredibly negative and still find positive outcomes?

Christmas Countdown: 2 more days!

%d bloggers like this: