Happiness Revealed

The constant quest for happiness is something that is unique and personal to each and every one of us.  To some of us, it means power and money.  To others, it means recognition for a job well done. And still to others, it can be as simple as building meaningful relationships that make life… an easier journey to walk through .  While there is no clear answer what the true answer to happiness is, Louie Schwartzberg, does a great job in reminding us that each day is a gift.  How we choose to look at the world can truly be our own happiness barometer.


3 sunshiny thoughts for today

I will warn you…. it’s a hot and sticky day in Florida.  Even more so than a typical summer day in the land of Sunshine and I will do just about anything to avoid finishing the last leg of mowing my yard.  So forgive me if I get a little long winded on this post.  The air conditioning is feeling a little bit too good right now.  And forgive me, if these random things make no logical sense, just blame it on heat stroke and come back and visit me on another day… please?  Pretty please?

So, as I was mowing the first portion of my yard at 10:30 this morning in the cooler part of the day (and by cooler I mean 80s), I did a lot of self analysis.  This is NEVER a good thing lol.  Analysis, at least to me, brings awareness of weakness, followed by …  acceptance/recognition of said weakness … followed by .. change.  Or at least an action plan for change.

Side note:  I will publicly acknowledge the fact that I am a “dot dot dot” kind of girl (which is just one of the million reasons why I love the movie Mamma Mia)

but alas this less than desirable trait probably will not change any time soon.   I digress.

Moving… right along…. Three things that I learned about very sweaty, dehydrated self (because I know you are dying to know *cough cough*

I despise the heat.  Well gee there’s a shocker (lol).  Wait what?  A Floridian that hates the heat?  I  have now lived in Florida for nearly two decades and still have not learned to adapt to the heat.  I’m guessing it’s the Yankee girl still left in me.

I truly love, with all of my heart, my husband.   The single regret I have is not meeting him earlier in my life.  He brings out the best in me in which I truly didn’t believe that anybody could.  He brought back a part me back to life –  that believes in the good in all humanity.  He brought my compassion.  My love for all that is good in life and how to forgive those and those things that are not.  He is the single person in my lifetime that makes me believe that I can achieve anything as he is standing by my side and that I shouldn’t settle for anything less. He is the person that completes me. I am truly blessed. .

Lastly, I still… much to my dismay… live my life based on some level of fear.  One would thing that in your fourties that you would run out of fears but it seems when you dig deep enough, the same insecurities are still there. Are my skill good enough for that job?  Can I overcome my public speaking fear for that job?  How could we possibly move across the country and overcome a ton of obstacles for that job?  What if we fail?  How could I possibly tell two sets of parents that we would be moving thousands of miles away without breaking their hearts?  My husband calls this “stinkin’ thinkin”.  Thinking that focuses on failure instead of succeeding.

So what do these three things have in common?  Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-changes…  once again, I pause and stand and face the fear head on. What changes do I have to make.  What fears do I have to overcome to live the life that I want for my family?   My question to YOU is what one fear or one change you need to make that is holding you back?  More tomorrow… as it is time to mow once again.

I leave you today with 10 quotes that Zig Ziglar claims that will change your life.  

10) “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

9) “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
8 ) “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
7) “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.”
6) “People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”
5) “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
4) “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”
3) “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
2) “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
1) “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”