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Bit of Happy #120: Bring It On Home

14 Mar

Want to know why today’s Music Quote Monday is Little Big Town’s “Bring It On Home?” Because it’s… AMAZING!!!! This song – everything about it… its melody, its lyrics – makes me melt inside. The thought of one day having this type of close bond with someone is something I can only dream of finding. Of achieving. When I was younger I used to pray for a love like this. To find someone who loves me more than life. Who has willing arms that will hold me tight, and a hand that will guide me through my uncertainty. And I can only hope to return that love in the best way I know how. I’m not saying that this hope has changed, if anything, it only grows stronger and stronger every day. So, take a moment out of your busy day to relax. Breathe. Listen.

“Bring It On Home”
by Little Big Town

“You’ve got someone here,
Wants to make it all right.
Someone that loves you more,
Than life, right here.

You’ve got willing arms that’ll hold you tight.
A hand to lead you on through the night, right here.
I know your heart can get,
All tangled up inside,
But don’t you keep it to yourself.

When your long day is over,
And you can barely drag your feet.
The weight of the world,
Is on your shoulders.
I know what you need,
Bring it on home to me.”

To be completely honest, I’ve gotten this far trying to choose what parts of the song I absolutely adore. I’ve found myself getting further and further down the lyrics, and I just can’t choose which ones to nix. Not one word went to waste in this song. And for that very reason, I’m going to leave every single one in – to the very last letter.

“You know I know you,
Like the back of my hand.
You know I’m gonna do,
All that I can right here.

Gonna lie with you,
Till you fall asleep.
When the morning comes,
I’m still gonna be right here.
Yes, I am.

So take your worries,
And just drop them at the door,
Baby, leave it all behind.

When your long day is over,
And you can barely drag your feet.
The weight of the world,
Is on your shoulders.
I know what you need,
Bring it on home to me.

Baby, let me be your safe harbor.
Don’t let the water come,
And carry you away.”

The last few lines here – “Let me be your safe harbor. Don’t let the water come, and carry you away” – fill my mind with a lucid imagery of waves crashing upon the shore with the possibility of a storm brewing in the distance. And just as I begin to feel as though the ocean may swallow me whole, a light shines brightly. I close my eyes and smile softly to myself, knowing exactly what is behind me. A tall lighthouse stands against the crashing waves. My safe harbor. You.

Happy Monday!!! I hope you fall for “Bring It On Home” just the way I have.

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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.

Bit of Happy #99: The Greatest Accomplishment

11 Feb

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wow, can I just say I can’t believe I’m at Bit of Happy #99? Can I also say a short weekend away will be Bit of Happy #100?! It’s incredible to think I’ve made it this far. Although #100 was never a set goal of mine, I believe it’s an undeniable accomplishment. As far as “starting” a blog goes anyway.

I went into this blog with the hope that I would make it to this kind of milestone, but I didn’t know if I’d have the discipline or the motivation to do so. I surprised myself with the level of discipline and perseverance I have found along the way in this journey. All of you have truly been my motivation to keep going. So I thank you for that! All of the positivity and optimism that has come out of this experience has been truly incredible.

Speaking of accomplishments, today’s quote is certainly one of the greatest achievements of all – in my mind anyway. Sometimes you may find yourself surrounded by a world of uncertainty. Sometimes it can be discouraging. And sometimes you may feel the need to change yourself in order to fit in.

But this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is telling us to fight against that struggle. To always be yourself – even in a world that is telling you to do different. There’s only one you, and you should stand up and be proud of that. To mimic what others do just to fit in is to get lost in the crowd. It is to blend in. It is to lose your strength and your individuality.

Be the hot pink standing against a white wall. Be the polka dot on a surface of straight lines. Be the sunshine breaking through the cloudy sky! It’s as easy and as difficult as being yourself.

Happy Friday!

Bit of Happy #63: Don’t Change

9 Dec

“Always be yourself, because the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.”
-Anonymous

The message in today’s quote is very empowering – always be yourself. Even if I have to stand on top of the tallest building in the world and scream at the top of my lungs to get the point across, I mean: ALWAYS BE YOURSELF!

And this quote couldn’t say it better. Whether you’re overly outgoing or painfully shy, the people that mean the most to you don’t care. They love you (or put up with you, lol) for exactly who you are. And anyone who would ask any different of you, truly isn’t worth your time or worry.

So get out there and be yourself! And only yourself. Don’t change for the world, because I can promise you there’s only one YOU. And if you’re not you, then who will be?!

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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