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The little things… day 7

CHANGE

When the tides of life turn against you and the current upsets your boat, don’t waste those tears on what might have been, just lie on your back and float. ~Author Unknown

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I’m grateful for…
New life that change brings, lessons from unexpected shifts and the promise of a new day.

I’m letting go of…
My desire to resist some changes, regret over ones gone wrong and fear of changes to come.

The lesson is to just go with the flow.

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The little things… day 6

LOVE

Be everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way.  ~Amrit Desai

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I’m grateful for…
That my husband still calls me beautiful and still opens and closes the door for me after fourteen years of marriage.

I’m letting go of…
The urge to make unnecessary remarks when he gets on my nerves.


The little things… day 5

SUNSHINE

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.  ~Maori Proverb

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I’m grateful for…
The longest day of the year.  We had 15 hours of sunshine today!  And you know up here in the Pacific Northwest, that’s something to be thankful for!

I’m letting go of…
Complaining about applying sunblock.

 

PS… hey there villers!  I am unplugging for a few days and leaving the computer behind!  I hope you all have a great weekend, take care and go enjoy some sunshine!  I will be back next week!

 


The little things… day 4

KITCHEN MESS

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, 1966

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I’m grateful for…
The dirty dishes.  It means we had a meal.

I’m letting go of…
Moments of frustration when flour is all over my kitchen (floor, fridge door, oven handle, stove, counters, sink, dish rack, toaster, coffee maker, tea-pot.. everything!).


The little things… day 3

FREEDOM

Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknown

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I’m grateful for…
Our servicemen and women.  They and their families sacrifice so much to fight for our freedom.

I’m letting go of…
Opinions I have about veterans who have found it difficult to cope with normalcy.  I have never walked in their shoes, who am I to judge?


The little things… day 2

FAMILY

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.  ~Author Unknown

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I’m grateful for…
The nuts in my families.  The one I was born to, the one I married into, my cyber family from all my social networks and blogs and the friends I’ve adopted.  Someone’s comments or actions will make me smile today.

I’m letting go of…
The disagreements over things that won’t matter soon, if they still do.  I can’t help it if I think differently.  Let’s agree to disagree because some things aren’t even worth being upset about.

 


The little things… day 1

The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes.  It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches.  It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day.  What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.  ~Michael Josephson

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When something good happens, we ignore it.  When a small incident occurs, we dwell on it.  Why do we do that?  We are causing our own misery!    Today, we start a new series on “The little things”.  A spin-off from the re-discovery of happiness, where I was reminded of the importance of gratitude and letting go.  In this new journey, join me discover the little things that matter (gratitude) and learn from the little things that don’t (letting go).

I understand that life isn’t perfect, but I’m a true believer that each day does not just offer strife, but small and simple good things that go unnoticed.  Each day we are the master of our choices, we can either sweat the small stuff or let it go.

By the end of this series, I hope to learn to do two consistent things daily.  To be thankful for my blessings and to release the small stuff undeserving of my time and energy.  Here we go!


The re-discovery of happiness … day 30

I want to end this series with my father’s favorite poem.  He would have me recite this over and over for up to an hour whenever I was in trouble.  And boy…  I was always in trouble, so I must have recited this poem hundreds of times!  Yet, it didn’t sink in until now.

Once you’ve read it, you will be amazed that it was written almost a century ago.

DESIDERATA

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.   Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.   Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.   Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.   Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.  Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.   Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.   And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.  Strive to be happy 

~ Max Ehrmann 1927 

It’s the end of this journey, thank you for joining me!  It’s bitter-sweet because it has changed me in a very positive way and I don’t want it to end.  But at the same time, I am excited to get started with the next series… Yes I’m doing another one, it will be a surprise – to be published on Monday.  Have a great weekend everyone!


The re-discovery of happiness … day 29

Change happens.  When we resist, it slows down the inevitable.  When we accept, we become part of its progression.  And when change turns into progress, we experience joy.  ~Christine Sternfels

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 29

For every minute you are sad, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  ~Author Unknown

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 28

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.  ~Author Unknown

Today, I’m posting pictures from my wedding, because of two things.  In them are who I am most thankful for (My girls, hubby and our family) and it’s my anniversary!

We got married on a Thursday afternoon in an old man’s living room.  We found him in the yellow pages after we decided to elope and decided against Vegas.  With us were my daughter, my best friend and her husband.  When we got there, we saw signs stating “We notarize, take passport pictures, have P.O. boxes and make keys!”  Oh great!

Then this old man opens the door.  He looked like he was a hundred years old!  Anyway, to make a long story short, we picked ceremony A – quick and easy as opposed to B (tear jerker) or C (long and drawn out).

Every 3 years we get re-married.  In Las Vegas at a drive through chapel.  In Laguna Niguel at the Ritz Carlton (the real one, where I got to wear a gown and got walked down the aisle).  At a community church and at the beach in Klaloch on a Sunday morning when nobody was awake – just the beach, the sea mist, my hubby and I.  We take turns planning the wedding so it’s a surprise to the other.   Next year will be hubby’s turn.  I suggested jumping out of a plane, he said “Heck NO!” He’s afraid of heights, I guess that would be a problem!

 

Happy Anniversary my love!  I am so thankful I get to grow old with you.  You are definitely proof that God had better plans for me.  He blessed me with you, my joy.

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 27

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Joseph Addison

This photograph was taken in Roatan, Honduras during our Christmas cruise to the Caribbean. 

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 26

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.  ~Berke Breathed

This photograph was taken at Fort Casey.  In it is the most amazing woman I know, my mother.

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 25

Tears aren’t always sad. ~Christine Sternfels

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 24

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.  ~Doug Larson

This photograph was taken at the Kangaroo Farm

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 23

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.  ~Albert Camus

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 22

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 21

Whatever you put aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it.  ~Robert Brault

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 20

Once in a while, look at your life through a child’s eyes.  You’ll see more color, have more hope and find it easier to be happy.  ~Christine Sternfels

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 19

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  ~Mark Twain

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 18

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.  ~Author Unknown

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 17

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.  ~Gerald Jampolsky

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 16

Some say there are 7 steps to happiness

Think less, feel more… Frown less, smile more… Talk less, listen more… Judge less, accept more… Watch less, do more… Complain less, appreciate more… Fear less, love more. 

What are your steps?     

 

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The re-discovery of happiness … day 15

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  ~Charles Kingsley

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