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Bit of Happy #111: More Wonderful Still

1 Mar

Today’s quote, shared by Greg, sounds the beat of a slightly different Little Bit of Happy drum. Nonetheless, it’s a great quote, and certainly one that we all can learn a little something from. And that to me makes for a ‘worthy of sharing’ quote! Despite his approach to writing on a whim – “I’m am planning to just type, not really thinking as I go” – what follows is a beautifully natural-written piece. So I’d like to thank Greg the moon, the stars and the world for taking the time to share his thoughts and opinions on this quote. I hope everyone enjoys this unique interpretation of Buechner’s quote as much as I did.

THANK YOUUUU!

“When I first read this quote, I was a bit worried that it may leave an impression to not try new things or overcome obstacles on your own. With the possible interpretation of negativity, I – at first – was afraid that this may not be a little bit of happy. But thinking now, I feel like I can spin the last bit of this quote into something inspirational and happy.

Trying to get by on your own strength in life instead of reaching out to others when you need support will make each step in life a struggle. Missing out on that growth of trusting, but the hardness that going through life alone requires will wear you out. Unfortunately, this is something I do often. I hate asking for help, and for some reason, I feel like if I am able to accomplish something on my own I will come out stronger. However, being resistant towards the love and care from others never gets anyone anywhere.

Steeling yourself against reality can also come in the form of not showing emotion. Society has ingrained in us, men especially, that showing emotion is the equivalent of showing weakness. A man who feels he has mastered his emotions also believes he has overcome all weakness and achieved strength. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Really, he is just emotionally void and cannot experience life or relationships as they are meant. Again… I am guilty of this too.

People shield themselves from the world by not giving their forgiveness. Others make mistakes. We are all human; no one is so perfect that one cannot harm someone emotionally or physically. If someone hurts you, are you really going to shut him or her out, cut off some portion of yourself to them, or just move on from them altogether? Who are you to make such a judgment when you yourself have harmed others just the same?

The commonality of all of these actions is that the person not asking for help, being apathetic, and never giving their forgiveness is the one missing out. That person is missing out on learning a solution to one of their problems, a chance to be the emotional being that we are made to be, and the chance to find resolution and a rekindled relationship. On the other hand, we can just say it like it is in the quote, you are not allowing yourself to be opened up and transformed.

Life will be far more rewarding, have far more love, and have many more strong relationships if people are able to just be who they are without trying to show they’re stronger than emotion, stronger than another person, or stronger than life itself.

This quote is most relevant when it comes to relationships with the people we love. If you cannot submit to some emotions, admit you need help, or forgive others, your relationships will not be as meaningful or as fruitful as they can be. Not only will the relationship suffer, but so will you. You will be missing out of more love, grace, humility, mercy, and companionship than you could ever imagine.

Life is not worth living as the Lone Ranger trying to save the day with his silver bullet. When you are in trouble, sound the alarm, have those you love come to your aid. Show your emotions; people want to see them. Show those that you love that you love them. Finally, forgive those who hurt you. You’re not as strong when you are own as you would be with someone loving at your side. And when you realize that, life will be… more wonderful still.

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Bit of Happy #83: Doubting the Unquestionable

6 Jan

“One of the worst feelings in the world is having to doubt something that you thought was unquestionable.”
-Anonymous

Whether religion, or the one you have fallen in love with, or the family who has raised you since birth, there are certain things in life that you consider to be reliable, dependable and unchanging. These are the things in life that you would never dream of having to question. So with those things in mind, what if you suddenly were put in a position of doubt? Of question?

In ways, I don’t know if I would consider this quote to be a little bit of “happy,” because it is pointing a bright spotlight on a very negative aspect of life. At the same time, I love this quote. I love it because it makes me think. It makes me think about all of the things and people I hold closest to my heart, and what were to happen if I lost them, or my trust in them. And then it also sends me a subtle reminder to appreciate all of the love and support I’m given each and every day. That if I reached out for a helping hand or a supportive embrace, it would be there. And I am forever grateful for the ones in my life that I know will always be there.

So looking back on the quote’s clarity, would that be one of the worst things to experience in life? Yes.

Have I gone through it before? Yes.

Is it an easy experience to endure? Not in the slightest.

But with this knowledge now in mind and having experienced times of doubt in people I never imagined I’d question, I like to believe it’s made me a stronger person. It’s opened my eyes to a newfound appreciation. It’s allowed me to put my best foot forward. Hopefully, you can take something valuable away from this quote, just as I have.

Happy Thursday!

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.”
-Anonymous

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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Bit of Happy #17: What are you settling for?

6 Oct

“Don’t settle for the one you can live with. Wait for the one you can’t live without.”
-Victoria Richards

Settling for anything in life – whether it is for love or something else – is a battle lost. Knowing you deserve better and not going out and achieving it or learning the proper skills to obtain it, well, you might as well be bleeding out in a bunker. (Okay, maybe that’s a little graphic. I was just trying to go along with the ‘battle’ theme.) Anyway, I’m telling you to stand up and fight for what you can’t live without; don’t settle for what’s comfortable – what you can live with.

If you are miserable at your job and know you can do better – don’t settle. If all you want to do in life is travel the world – don’t settle. If you deeply care about someone, but know you aren’t in love with him or her – don’t settle.

Settling is the easy way out – the mundane way out. If you’re too afraid to take the risk, then stay at your crappy job within ten miles of same location and staying with someone who you aren’t in love with for the rest of your life. You might learn to become completely satisfied with that. And if that works for you, great.

But instead, I’m asking you to do something a little more challenging. I’m asking you to go out and take the road less traveled. I’m asking you to take a chance. I’m asking you to chase after whatever it is that you can’t live without. Really… What’s the worst thing that could happen?

Do you find this quote inspiring? Is your perception different than this entry?


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