My grandmother on her 80th birthday !!!! I think this says it all !!!!
What can I say about happiness....Well the thought came to me last week as I was resting after a dental appointment. I never take a nap or even sit down for long except to work on my bears, so there I was thinking, and why this subject? I thought to myself what really is happiness. Hummm~~~I know for myself it isn't just about possesions and money. Although it sure would be easier without having the worry of needing money. :) As I went through my day and into the week I started noticing things as I never had before, little things that most of us are so busy that we don't pay to much attention to. Much to my supprise I really started to notice things that I really hadn't noticed or paid to much attention to lately. For instance the little bitty birds drinking from a puddle in the street as I went on my walk one morning.They just seemed so happy just to be alive. The family walking accross the street at the farmers market hands in tow, and as I looked up I saw the kindest smile on a mans face as he watched them cross the street. Why is it that we seem to miss the truly small things in life that really do make a difference. And how it touched my heart as I was coming out of Walgreens only to see and hear this kind sales clerk helping an elderly couple. The gratitude they felt for this lady helping them was all over their faces.....
I know for myself that when a fellow artist or loved one says "GREAT JOB" it just makes me feel very worthy and happy. Or when I have had a stressful day and our little dog Sophie looks up at me as if to say "I LOVE YOU". The gentle touch or smile from a spouse or loved one. What happiness that brings to us. These things don't cost a dime and what a difference it can make in an attitude.
Each and every one of us are going through or have gone through hard times in our lives. And when this happens it's all we can do just to get through another day it seems. I have some very dear friends that are climbing up some very high mountains right now in their lives and with Gods help they will slide down the other side with renewed strength.
I just hope that for myself as well as others that I always remember to stop and smell those roses from time to time. :)
Right about now is when my daughter would be putting out her hand as if to hand me a microphone. She used to say it was for my journal. :) Actually it was her way of telling me enough already MOM !!!
Life is so very complex and yet so very simple.....
I will leave you with these special phrases from a couple of emails that I received recently.....
"Attitude is everything. Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly~~~Leave the rest to God.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass~~It's about learning to dance in the rain.
"May your friendships never come apart especially when It's straight from the heart !!" "May you always have a rainbow of smiles on your face and in your heart forever and ever !!!