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What Makes Me?

I am not who I am because of the things I have learned, but because of the things that I have overcome. –  Tamara Baruhovich

I’m going to be honest…I disagree with this quote on some levels.  I totally agree that the things in our lives that we have to fight against, or overcome sbPuzzledplay a HUGE roll in making us the people we are today.  But I also totally believe that in my live, I have learned things that have helped me to overcome the struggles I face.  Also we learn from the things we overcome.  I am not, however who I am just from sitting in a classroom, or studying a book.  Nobody is that one dimensional – at least I hope their not.  Who we are today is a combination, or better yet, a compilation of so many different things.  And who I am tomorrow is going to be based in large part upon what I learned today, and what I achieved today, and what knocked me down today.

Happiness and Mickey Mouse

Happiness is not about having or not having problems. Everyone has problems but not everyone is unhappy. –Mickey Mouse

In case you haven’t noticed before, I’m a huge Disney fan, and I absolutely love Disney quotes.  And yes, even though Mickey’s quote was written by a actual living human being, it was said by the mouse himself, and so he gets the credit.  Anyhow, enough of my Disney related ramblings and on to the mickeyquote.  I kind of love this quote – a LOT.  We all have problems, I honestly cannot think of anybody I know that does not have one problem or another in their life.  Some of those people are far happier than others.  It’s because they don’t allow their problems to take over their life.  You usually don’t have a choice about the problems in your life (and isn’t that a shame) but you do have a choice about being happy.  Yes, your problems can, and probably do suck – I’m not going to judge anybody on that.  I think mine kind of suck too, but guess what – I’m still a pretty happy person because I look for, and find happiness all around me.  Sadly, it’s not been at the House of Mouse for several years, but that’s okay too.  I’ll take my happiness where I can find it and use it to make my problems more palatable.

We’re Not Worthy!

For us to regard others as worthy, we have to begin by regarding ourselves as worthy.? Stephen Richards

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Now let’s get serious and talk about the quote, lol.  I don’t want to focus on the regarding others as worthy as much as I want to talk about regarding ourselves as worthy.  Most of us don’t think very much of ourselves.  We may talk a good game about ourselves, and maybe even brag a little, but when push comes to shove, we beat ourselves up and belittle ourselves on a regular basis.  And honestly, I don’t know why.  One would think we’d be our own biggest cheerleaders, but we’re not. If there is an anti cheerleader, when it comes to ourselves, that’s what we are.  I want you to try something.  The next time you catch yourself making negative self-statements, just stop and instead say 3 positive self statements.  Instead of “I can’t believe I did that, I’m so stupid,”  try “I’m an intelligent person,”  or “I make good decisions,” or “I think outside the box.”  Try it, because contrary to what Wayne and Garth are saying, you are indeed very, very worthy!


Where Do You Find Happiness?

Happiness isn’t what you find at the end of the road. It’s right here. Right now. — Unknown

I was talking with someone the other day about being happy, and what being happy felt like.  I said that contrary to what people may say, happiness bridgeisn’t all sunshine, butterflies, rainbows and unicorns.  Happiness is what’s going on around us right now.  I asked them to tell me something good about their day, and they did.  They actually had several really great things that had happened that day, and they told me how good those things made them feel.  I told them that to me, that is happiness.  It’s not the bunnies gamboling across a field of green.  It’s not that mythical someday.  Happiness is right now, and it’s all around us.  We just need to open our eyes and recognize it.

Make Your Heart Sing

Everything I do, I do to make my heart sing. ~ Michael E. Angier

What do you do that gives you joy?  When I came across this quote, I liked it and thought this would be an easy blog post to write, but guess what, it isn’t.  In fact, it’s pretty darn hard.  I thought I did all sorts of things that make my heart sing and fill me with joy, but I really don’t.  I don’t know that heart singany of us really do.  Sure I do things that make me happy.  I enjoy reading, and spending time with friends, and of course my kids.  Those are all things that make me happy. Happiness is good, but joy is even better. Don’t think I’m downplaying happiness, because I’m not.  Happiness is awesome and I hope everybody is happy!  But happiness isn’t joy. I think joy comes when we stop thinking about ourselves.  It can come when you’re giving of yourself completely to help somebody else, or it can come when you’re sitting in a field watching a bird take flight.  It can be found when you’re watching the awesome power of a thunderstorm, or skiing down a mountain.  I think that’s when you experience real joy and your heart sings, when you stop thinking about yourself and you just are.

Take That Leap of Faith

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George

We’ve all heard the expression, take a leap of faith, and while it’s hard to do, sometimes it’s the only option.  When I was really young, there was a EKdaredevil called Evel Knievel, and one of his stunts was to try and jump across Snake River Canyon on his motorcycle.  I’m quite sure that when he was planning that jump, he didn’t say, “Well, I’ll try and jump halfway across and from there, finish it out.”  That wouldn’t have worked and he would have ended up in the river.  He went out all out made the one giant leap.  There are lots of times in life where you have to make that one big giant step when everything in you is saying don’t go all out.   Be bold, be daring, be courageous and take that leap.  You have no idea what amazing things could be waiting for you on the other side!

No Regrets

Don’t let the regrets of yesterday destroy the hopes of tomorrow. – Joel Osteen

How many of us can look back on our lives and say we have no regrets?  I’m guessing that number is pretty low – close to zero actually.  I dislike generalizations, but I feel pretty confident in saying that most all of us have things we regret.  That’s human nature.  Regrets stink, but they’re a fact of regretslife.  We do something, we mess up, we feel badly about it.  Sometimes though, we get so caught up in our regrets that they immobilize us – we can’t move past them.  That’s not a great thing.  We can’t get so caught up in the past and in our regrets that we can’t move forward and look to tomorrow.  No matter what has happened in your past, chances are somebody else has made a similar mistake and survived, and you can and will to.  So don’t dwell on yesterday, pack away the regrets and look forward to what is coming tomorrow.

Holding on and Letting Go

Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. – Daphne Rose Kingma

It’s only natural to want to hold on to things in our lives.  We treasure our memories, we hold on to keepsakes from past events, and boy oh boy, do we futurehold on to grudges.  I’m not opposed to holding on to treasured memories, but you can’t hold on to them so tightly that you can’t reach out and grab the future.  The future is out there, and you have the power to make it a great one, but not if you keep yourself mired in the past.  Open yourself up to the new and wonderful things that are coming your way.  Don’t try and recreate the past in what is coming.  The past is just that, the past.  Treasure the memories of the past, but don’t dwell on them and don’t live in the past.  Dust them off every now and again and visit them, but then put them away and move ahead.  Look forward to what is coming, and know that you have, in you, the ability to make it the most wonderful adventure ever.

Happiness and Cookies

Happiness is never decreased by being shared – Buddha

When you have a batch of cookies, and you share them, you inevitably have fewer cookies.  You will probably make people happy by sharing the buddhacookies, but you’ll still have fewer cookies.  The really cool thing, is that when you share happiness, it doesn’t decrease, in fact, it INCREASES.  In fact, the more happiness you share, the more happiness you have and the more happiness you have to share.  Happiness is really cool like that.  It’s a lot like love, in fact.  The more you have and the more you share, the more you have to give and share.  So take that happy mood of yours and share it with those around you and watch the happiness grow exponentially! Factor in a batch of chocolate chip cookies and watch that happiness factor REALLY take off 🙂

It’s a New Day

selfimp With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Life can, for lack of a better phrase, suck sometimes.  You can have days that totally bring you down.  But you want to know what’s really great, is those days end, and in the morning, it’s a new day.  With new days come new thoughts, new attitudes and success. And even if the yuckiness of the day before tries to invade your new day, just reach down into your inner strength and remind yourself that you are so much stronger than anything that life tries to throw at you.  Marshall that strength and rise above and make the new day a better day.

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