Posts Tagged ‘happiness’

This morning brought a few surprises from nature.  A return of winter with a coating of snow on the ground.  And beautiful deer foraging in the lower pasture.  They don’t know the calender still says it is winter as they live their daily lives, I suppose we shouldn’t either.  Everything happens in its own time.

Happiness happens in its own time too…but being positive is a decision that we make.  I chose to look at the beauty today.  Sunshine and green grass is absent, but again, in its own time.

Happiness is an emotion…being positive is an action.

All season are beautiful for the person that carries happiness within. – Horace Friess

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Rainy December Day

Have you ever been busy enough to barely notice the rain? Have you ever laughed enough to not notice the darkness during a short winter-type of day?

Rain, it is something nature seems to require more of during the hot summer months, verses late fall when the deluge appears to check in for the long haul.  The fact is, trees can die in the winter months from a lack of water just as easily as they can during a parched summer season.  A drought can be reversed during any month of the year.

We, as humans, are in need of life-sustaining water as well.  We can experience inner-droughts.  But I am really not reflecting on the water that we drink to keep our bodies ticking.  I am referring to the life-sustaining laughter and happiness that we require. 

Do you know someone who is internally shriveled up, filled with bitterness, no longer able to see the break in the clouds, no longer able to laugh even during the darkest of days? I have.  I would love to give them a drink of the good water, to nourish their minds and souls.  Purge the ugly thoughts that seem to envelope them.  End their drought…their lack of hope.  

Do you think we need to remember that our bodies need replenishing too, not only with wet water, with spiritual water, to prevent an inner-drought? Do you think we can focus on love, laughter, humanity and gratefulness despite the dark days? The tree sustains itself during the darkest of months, renewing itself just in time for the dry summer months, should we do the same?

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I have been concentrating on self-improvement recently.  The result is not pointed directly at me.  It is pointed at family, friends, my home, and life in general.

There is a deep-seated need within me, a need to share my happiness with others.

I do not see the world as an easy place to live.  I face my own challenges such as weight gain, constant aches and pains, grown children that do not communicate across the miles, a husband that is out of work and not feeling well, friends that are having a tough time in life…and the list goes on.

I do not share my problems with people often, I share them with God.

Everyone has their own style.  My style is to be as positive as possible.  There is enough hardship in the world to bring us down without casting my own shadow upon others.

As my good friend, Omar, leader of a local Mennonite church says, “I should not complain.”  God bless him.  He inspires me. 

I went to my shop today to work on a client order.  I dug through the CD’s.  Today I was troubled with the thoughts, “Should I share my troubles with everyone, or should I give thanks and move on.”  I flipped on the CD, The Traveling Light, Songs From The 23rd Psalm.

As I worked I listened.  It all became clear to me, “I shall not fear the darkness.” 

I shall not fear the darkness.  I hope that song sticks with me for days to come.

Life is beautiful.  I am thankful.  I pray for help, just like everyone else does.  I have my moments.  I dig myself back out.  I am strong, I know I am.  But I am also weak.  I will admit to it.

For now, I choose to shine as much as I can for everyone around me.  It is what I was designed to do.

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dairy goat buck

Bosco - Happy Go Lucky

I looked at the photo of Bosco and noticed his war scrapes.  He has been through it all with larger bucks, and stood tall.  Despite the fight to survive with the giants, he continues to seek out love and attention, and he offers it readily.  He is one healthy guy both in body and spirit.

He does not wear a pair of rose tinted glasses.  He looks through his own eyes with awe, loving every moment he is alive.

In the goat world Bosco is popular.  In the human world he would not be so much.

It isn’t so popular to be polite, positive and encouraging. 

Do I care?

Yes and no!

I feel sorry for people that are negative.  I feel sorry that do not see the wealth of their own lives.  I listen, but I do no dwell.  I cannot surround myself with those thoughts.

I refuse to dwell on the negative. 

I refuse to remain angry.  Anger happens in a flash, so does frustration, and the same goes for dissapointment.  All human emotions that we were given to us upon conception.  We learn from our emotions.  It is good to turn emotion into something that builds strength, builds stanima, and makes us a better person.  Emotion is valuable based on what we do with it.

I am happy to be a part of the non-popular, on-purpose, happy group.  If I have to stand alone (I don’t), then I will.  To the end.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.   Philippians 4:11-13

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