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Bit of Happy #144: A Sweet Saying

16 Apr

“If you live to be one hundred, I hope I live to be one hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
-Winnie the Pooh

A coworker of mine shared this quote with me not too long ago, and I thought it was too ADORABLE not to share with all of you.

And sorry for not posting on Friday and waiting until Saturday. Now that beautiful weather has hit my hometown, I’ve been absolutely miserable. It’s a very bittersweet couple of months. As much as I LOVE when the warmth of the sun begins to melt away all of the ice and snow from winter, spring also means allergies. And allergies, I don’t love. Not in the least bit. Thanks again for you patience!

I hope today’s quote warmed your heart just as it did mine. Have a GREAT rest of the weekend! Hopefully some of this rain will wash some of the pollen out of the air.

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 #85: I Could Not Ask For More

24 Jan

I Could Not Ask For More
by Edwin McCain

Though there are many Edwin McCain songs I adore, “I Could Not Ask For More” is probably one of my favorite love songs in regard to lyrics. The undeniable love expressed through these words and the ever gratefulness of possessing that love brings this song to life. The selflessness and docility of the relationship portrayed bare optimism for the possibility – the possibility of finding the kind of love where… you couldn’t ask for anything more. And because of that very possibility, I revisit this song often when I’m looking for a little hope.

To pick out a few of my favorite verses:

“Lying here with you,
Listening to the rain.
Smiling just to see,
The smile upon your face.”

Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to live in this moment. At times, I’ll lie by my window and just listen to the droplets of a warm summer rain. And sometimes I find myself wishing when I looked over, there had been someone there lying with me. In that moment.

And as much as you may see this as an adverse recollection, I see it as opportunity. The opportunity to truly appreciate and cherish that moment when I finally do find someone to share it with. To me, there’s no better feeling than being with someone who can make me smile with their smile alone. That’s when I know I’m truly happy – when I can mirror the same optimism, no matter what kind of day I’ve had.

“Looking in your eyes,
Seeing all I need.
Everything you are,
Is everything to me.”

I think it’s pretty plain to see why I’ve fallen in love with these lyrics. I hope I can one day look into the eyes of the love of my life and see the world reflecting back at me. And this verse, more than any other lyrics I’ve ever come across, has conveyed this very connection I can only dream of one day possessing. And if I am blessed with this kind of love, I can only hope to then learn how to cherish it each and every day of my life.

Bit of Happy #72: Looking Back

22 Dec

Today’s quote was submitted by my mother, Christine (very informally might I add). She would never be able to figure out how to download the Submit A Quote form, nor fill it out, nor send it as an attachment back to me! Therefore, I did all the grunt work; being computer savvy was a gift never passed to her through the world of technology. But that’s okay, because after an INCREDIBLY hectic day, she provided me with a quote – and a very good one at that!

When my mom got home from work tonight, she came in my room with a piece of paper in her hand – small and torn. She handed it to me, and in her handwriting was this quote written by Robert Brault.

“Thought you might like this for your blog,” she said with a grin, proud of her thoughtfulness.

I read it over and looked up to her, a smile tugging at my lips. “You’re right. I love it! Thank you.”

And from there, today’s inspiration was born!!!!

Decorating the Christmas Tree

As something we should all keep in mind, this quote brings up a great point. The insight into what is truly important in life – not always the big things – we are encouraged to take a moment each day and smell the roses, or feel the breeze through your hair or the warmth of the sun on your skin.

One of the little things in life that I tend to appreciate the most is the turn of each season. Not only do I love the physical changes each season offers – the beautiful colors of the turning leaves, the budding flowers of early spring, the falling snowflakes of winter, and the growing cornstalks of summer – but I also love the things I can’t see.

The little things that we must close our eyes to fully experience. Like the dewey, fresh smell of spring, or the crisp, autumn coolness that bites at your nose. Like the sounds of summer birds dipping and diving through the air, or the howling of the winter wind at my window as night falls.

If you’ve never taken a moment to take in your surroundings (which hopefully is not the case, but if it is), take that second or two. Or even a few minutes. In the summer, lay out a blanket and stare up at the clouds floating by. Or in the winter, cuddle up next to a fire and listen to the crackle of the burning wood. It’s never too late to pay attention to the little things in life. It’s never too late to appreciate them.

What are some of the little things you appreciate?

What are some of the little things that you may be missing out on? Or that you don’t take enough time to appreciate?


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