People are Afraid

People are afraid. They are afraid of themselves. They are afraid of what they can accomplish. They are afraid of being alone. They are afraid of others. They are afraid of being judged. They are afraid of the unknown.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. – Isaiah 41:10

Always remember, this too shall pass.

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

In the life of doom and gloom it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

During the holidays, friends of ours invited us to watch Dreamworks, The Trolls. This colourful movie depicits looking at the brighter side of life. 

We tend to be way to serious all the time. We need a reminder to hug, sing and dance once in awhile. It’s fun to let loose and be goofy. Dance offs are a regular occurrence in my household. In fact, my eldest daughter chooses to dance everywhere instead of walk. While my youngest is constantly singing.

I’d rather think that (the world) is mostly cupcakes and rainbows than be like you, all grey, all the time. – Dreamworks, The Trolls

Find something each day to put a smile on your face. Be grateful for what you have in front of you.

I’ll leave you with one more quote:

Happiness isn’t something you put inside you. It’s already there. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it. – Dreamworks, The Trolls

Tiny little dots

 

Have you ever looked closely at a comic picture? The picture is made up of thousands of tiny dots. Up close it doesn’t look like much, yet step back and view the whole picture, and the scene comes to life.

Life can be like this too at times. Often we are so rushed that we end up only looking at each tiny dot on its own. We forget about the back story and we forget about the other dots that make the picture whole. We are quick to make judgements based on appearances alone.

Everyone is woven together into one big picture. Each of us is a dot in the masterpiece of life. Together, we make a beautiful piece of art.

Picture courtsey of: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein

A Happy Ever After

True happiness cannot be bought. It cannot be amassed at the sacrifice of others. True happiness is found within one self.

You cannot change another person to be happy. You cannot force another person to be happy. They must look inside to find their own happiness.

Everyone has a dark side. As much as everyone has a light side. The ying and yang seek to balance one another.

There will always be a battle between good and evil. What we must seek is the balance between the two. 

Everyone can find their happy ever after if they are willing to seek it out.

Snow

The snow glistens in the moon light. Each snowflake is as unique as each human. There is beauty in one as there is beauty in the many. Each snowflake has a purpose, just as each spirit does too.

Maktub!

Listen to your heart. Find your inner beauty among the masses so together you may shine.

In The Pursuit of Happiness

A guy my husband knows recently wrote this on a piece of paper:

Money buys love = Happy Wife Happy Life.

I have to disagree on this one. Money can only buy a certain degree of happiness. There have been numerous studies showing this. In today’s world we cannot live entirely without money. We still need some kind of currency in order to meet our basic needs of life.

Now lets think about it. What really makes us happy. When you look at my parents’ generation, they were the baby boomers. They were brought up in the life of pursing the “American Dream.” The dream of the house in the suburbs surrounded by the white picked fence, the 2.3 kids, and 1.4 dogs. In the 1950’s the standard was for the man to go out and work to bring home the bacon. The woman’s job was to stay home, cook, clean and raise the kids.

Does this lifestyle truly make the whole family happy? I would much rather live comfortably than trying to live a life of “keeping up with the Jones'”. Three years ago, I chose to sacrifice my career to take a job in the town we live in, rather than commuting to the city. Taking a job in town means I can be close to our kids. I can pick them up from school; I can take them to their after school activities. Had I been working in the city, we would be paying for someone else to raise our kids. Our kids would not be able to do any after school activities. My husband had decided to start his own business to be home for the girls and I. We chose to sacrifice a larger salary for happiness. Our parents don’t understand why we want to sacrifice a high salary in return for a modest life with our kids. A few years ago, my husband was forced to return to his previous career in order to help our family get by after a natural disaster hit us. His dream is to return to his business full time so he can be around and spend time with our children.

I had read a parable one day about a fisherman who went out each day and brought home enough fish for his family. On occasion, he would catch an extra couple of fish to trade at the market. A rich man was vacationing at the beach and observed this fisherman. He asked why the fisherman didn’t fish more so he could buy bigger boats to then sell more fish to the canneries. He asked why the fisherman didn’t aspire to work hard to become rich so he could enjoy his family when he retires. The fisherman responded by asking why he would want to wait to enjoy his family later in life when he gets to enjoy them now while they are all young?

I would rather choose to be like the fisherman.

…we are all on the same path, all of us wanting the same things: love, joy, and acknowledgment. – Oprah Winfrey, What I Know For Sure

To me, money can’t buy these things. With money, does the person really love you? With money, can you really find joy? With money, can you really buy yourself acknowledgment? My children bring me my greatest joy. Seeing my husband happy brings me joy. Going for a simple walk and enveloping myself in the beauty if nature brings me joy. The same goes for love. Receiving the unconditional love from your children or a pet fills me with love. Having the kids run to the door to great me when I get home fills me with all 3; love, joy and acknowledgment. None of these cost anything.

It doesn’t take a lot to make me happy. The love and joy my family gives me makes me happy.

Lesson in Gratitude

The other day I was given a lesson in gratitude. I was at the grocery store and had seen that pop (soda) was on sale. I decided to buy some, especially with it coming close to Christmas. I had really wanted a case of Coke to use as mix, and then something fun. The Coke was sold out. I decided to take a quick walk around the store to see if they had some on a special display. I could not find any. I decided to settle on Dr. Pepper and some root beer. While I was in line, I spotted a shelf that had a few cases of Coke left. I decided to exchange the root beer for Coke. I got home and took the groceries into the kitchen. I then noticed a trail of Coke all on the floor from my front door to the kitchen. I opened up the case in search of the leaky can and found a can with puncture marks on the bottom. My husband then reminded me it was Karma at play. I was not happy with what I had originally chosen, therefore, life took away a can.

There are many times when our lives can remind us to be happy and grateful for what we have instead of always wanting more or the latest and greatest. It reminds me of how our American neighbors celebrate a day of Thanksgiving just to stand in line to await the Black Friday sales the next morning. Did we not just finish giving thanks for all that we had? Do we really need to accumulate more stuff?

We need to be satisfied with our choices in life. We need to be grateful for what we have. We need to teach our children to be grateful instead of I want, I want, I want.

This is a picture of my child’s resourcefulness. She was thrilled to go through our recycling box to find supplies for her craft.

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Happy Wednesday!

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