Be Grateful – Be Happy

Grateful people are happy people.


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Star Wars Inspiration

Star Wars

The past few weeks the “buzz” was centered around the new chapter of Star Wars released in theaters just before Christmas 2015.  Prior to my risking disappointment in the theater, I discovered the Ted Radio Hour podcast that discusses the “Hero’s Journey” which piqued my interest.

The podcast discussed the “Hero’s Journey” as an average person where their life circumstances force them to embark on a journey where they learn and change.  I was reflecting on this when I  decided to go see the movie on Christmas Eve (a great night to see a movie).  Enlightened by the podcast, I was so pleasantly surprised by the movie.  I won’t give away any of the plot of “The Force Awakens” but I was thrilled to see a film where the female characters were not only respected but kicked some ass!

Now it is two weeks later and I received a blog post from James Altucher who wrote a very moving Blog called “The Force Will Awaken in 2016.”  In this blog he spoke directly to my heart.  Believe in the “Force.”  He enumerates all the horrible things that have happened to all the main characters and that they do not spend a lot of time over their losses they simply realize that the “Force” is good and bad and sometimes cruddy things happen and we can choose to dwell on the negatives or we can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start again.

I fully admit I have found myself stuck in a pit of dispare.  I have enjoyed my pitty pot, long and deeply, from time to time.  But as soon as I make a decision to move forward I instantly feel better.  Decisions are hard, but we do inherrantly know where we want, and need, to be.  When we stop fighting against the tide and we can see and grab the branches and pull ourselves back.

For me, grattitudes have done so much for turning around my attitude most days.  I still get migraine symptoms nearly every day.  When I try to reduce my caloric intake to lose a few pounds, headaches get worse for a while, but every step I take toward my personal goals can eventually lengthen the time between the bad parts of life.  I am very lucky to know and have such amazing people in my life.  I truly appreciate the inspiration I draw from podcasts and blogs.  I hope you are inspired too.


Glass Still Life Perspective is the angle from which we view the world.  Recently, I had a conversation with a dear person in my life and we were discussing our “dark side.”  It is very hard to look at the reality of who we can become when provoked or afraid.  However, when we look honestly at ourselves we can better prepare how we may react in challenging circumstances.  I know that I have at times not acted in a way that I am proud to revisit.  However each experience taught me something about myself and who I am and who I want to be.

I lost someone who I thought was a best friend a year or so ago and it really hurt.  Not because the friendship ended specifically, but because she told me it was me who created “undue stress,” in her life.  After that, I did look long and hard at my needs in friendship and realized that this friendship was not what I thought it was.  My reuniting with a life-long friend after 25 years apart taught me that.  This dear friend showed me that friendship doesn’t have to be hard or constantly connected.  We rarely speak over the phone but we check in with each other, often at times when we just need that connection, just to let each know we are here and think they are special.

After starting to focus on gratitude, I discovered there are lots of things that are good in my life.  Even the little things are worth celebrating.

This quote says much:

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can’t change.

Kiss slowly,
play hard,
forgive quickly,
take chances,
give everything
and have no regrets.

Life’s too short to be anything…but happy.

– Unknown

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