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If you draw
a circle around yourself, where do you stand?
There are always opposite
personalities, and others who do not think the way you do. There are givers and takers, and I would like
to pose the question…”Where do you stand?”
Are you a giver or a taker?
I have drawn
up an image to illustrate this for you.
I drew two circles, and put two people inside the circle. These people represent you and someone else
close to you. Then, I have placed a word
balloon coming out of each circle that says two different things.
Humm… what can they do for us?
What can we do for others?
will, like the famous quote(1)draw a circle around themselves and not let anyone else inside their
circle. All of their focus is directed
to what is inside that circle, and unfortunately they are only thinking about
themselves, but become so self-absorbed
and selfish, all they can think about is #1, which represents what others can
do for them, to make them happy, or successful.
Unfortunately for them, they miss out on the more important things in
life that makes people truly happy. They
think so much about what they can get from others, never considering that they
could contribute, pay back or pay it forward, because they are the single most
important people in their world. Nobody
else matters, except for those who they can get something from, to improve
On the other
hand, there are other people, who are the polar opposite of the ones we just
described. These are the Givers,# 2
circle, the unselfish, who don’t ask what others can do for them, but ask, “What
can they do for others.” These are the
people who look outside their circle, and will draw others in to join them, expanding
their circle to including others, make true friendships, and look outwards
instead of inward. They are not selfish,
but generous with all they have, helping the poor and needy, others who are burdened
with trials, and grief. They are the
lifters, the givers, the unselfish and are indeed true friends. As time goes by, their circle expands to fit
all who would want to join them, and these people are the happy ones.
difference between these two circles talked about. My suggestion is to look at your own circle,
and determine which of these two examples best illustrates or fits you. Then ask yourself… “Am I happy?” If your answer is No, then you and only you
have the ability to change your world, your destiny and your life’s
outlook. The key here is to not make
your whole focus on yourself and your own self-interests, but to enlarge your
circle to draw others in, reaching out with service, friendship and
charity. When you do this, you will feel
so different, and understand that people need people, and the only way to be
happy is to go outside of yourself, and genuinely let others in, and with no
strings attached. It isn’t what others
can do for you that will make your life happy, but what you can do for others
that will bring you true joy and happiness.
If you want to be happy, then let it go! I am talking about things that have pulled you under, hurt like the dickens, and weighed you down. Yes, I am talking about those things people have said or done to hurt you. LET IT GO! I'm also talking about offences they have done to your children, pain they have inflicted because they are just mean... I say, "Let it go!" I am talking about the things that keep you up at night, the things that keep you addicted to numb the pain, and all other things you can think of. Just let it go!
Yesterday, I spent my birthday crying over something someone had said, who severely misjudged me. I was innocent of all the allegations they were making against me, but they had determined otherwise, and set out to defame, spew guile, and to just plain hurt me. I thought we were friends, which was another hurt that beset me, because obviously this person did not like me, one little bit. I cried until my eyes were red and swollen. I could barely breathe, I was so stuffed up from crying. I was a sad mess, and to make it even worse, all this happened on my birthday.
That afternoon, I logged on to Facebook and read from a friends page, that had posted the best possible quote, that helped lift my spirits, and help me to realize just how unimportant this hurtful situation was in my life. This is what the quote said:
"So many of us make a great fuss over matters of small consequence. We are so easily offended. Happy is the man who can brush aside the offending remarks of another, and go on his way." This quote was written by Gordon B. Hinckley, in a talk he gave called, "Slow to Anger." I read this talk and it helped me so much, that I wanted to include the link to help others. Here is is: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/slow-to-anger?lang=eng
Isn't it amazing how something so small as a short quote can completely straighten out what you have been worrying over, and shedding far too many tears about? I have to say that it took a lot of what someone else did to offend me, but I made the choice to let it trouble me as it did. After reading this message the thought came into my mind, which is another famous quote, as of the past few years, and something that my little grand daugher sings all the time, and this is...."LET IT GO!"
I understand the atonement of Jesus Christ, and know that we don't have to suffer like we all do, because we can give away to Christ, our pains, and sorrows, afflictions, and torments. He has already suffered them for us and we just have to Let it go and He will make up the rest. It is true. After I let it go, I cannot tell you how much peace I felt. My burden was lifted and I was able to look around and see the things of life that truly matter, and make me happy.
I hope this short story will help you to understand that if you want to be happy, then let it go!
P.S. I found the greatest talk that helps all of us to understand the full extent of the Atonement Jesus Christ made for us. It is a talk written by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, and it is called "Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ." I encourage everyone, everywhere to read this, and be able to fully understand what His Atonement can do for you to be happy again.
It is a proven fact, if you really want to be happy, then take time, and spend it with your family. It is a simple truth. Building those relationships within the bonds of your family can make it or break family relationships and bonds. So I would like to suggest 10 things you can do to with your family, that builds unity, love and respect.
1. Have dinner together, around the table.
2. Have a chat!
3. Have family council.
4. Read together.
5. Hug each other, every single day!
6. Forgive each other daily, then forget about
what you forgave.
7. Take time to listen, without interrupting.
8. Laugh and cry together.
9. Be thankful and use your words of gratitude.
10. Be kind.
I could go on and share more of my thoughts, but the next step would be for you to think about why each of these ten things were listed. What difference would they make in a family? What needs do they fulfill in each family member? Then think about taking away each of these things, and how would it affect your family relationships?
If you want to be happy, then spend time with your family, building the relationships that will endure the test of time, trials, hurts, heartaches, pain and grief. Build character in your children by teaching them values through your own example as parents. Love, love, love your children, they simply grow up way too fast, and when their grown, they'll come back with their own little kiddies, to love you and do all those things you did for them. One big happy family.... and it's never too late to start.
If anyone knows me, they know that I love the Hokey Pokey, so when I found this fabulous quote, I knew I needed to add it to my happy blog. If you don't already know, the Hokey Pokey was a song and dance that just made you happy doing it. It goes like this...
"You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in and you shake it all about...
You do the hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around,
Thats what it's all about!"
The song doesn't end there, and in fact it goes on with more verses shaking your body and turning yourself around, and jumping in and jumping out. Oh I have great memories doing the Hokey Pokey at some Family Christmas Parties when I was a little girl. I don't remember very much about those parties, but I do remember doing the Hokey Pokey. I also remember that my Grandmother use to ask, after the dance ended, "Does anyone want to do it again?" All the grand kids would cheer and yell, "YES!" I don't remember how many times we did this dance over and over, but I remember it snowing outside, but because we were shaking it inside, I was sweating. I remember my Uncle Leo, really getting into this dance, and the smile on my own Grandpa's face, as he watched everyone buy him doing the dance.
If you want to be happy, during the holiday season, I would highly recommend you download a copy of the Hokey Pokey, and dance with your kids. Everyone will love it and you will be doing one of the greatest things to make yourself and other happy, and that is spending fun time with family, and making a memory that will last for a lifetime.
So if you have not figured out yet the links to the Hokey Pokey, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_P9PU5FcMQ
I would like to introduce you to my newest book, "If you want to be happy give something away." This book first came out in November of 2013, in time for me to do a few pre-sales for Christmas, however the actual launch will be sometime in July of 2014. I will keep you updated as I receive information from my publisher.
I actually created this blog, to introduce some ideas that went with the message of this book and that is... If you want to be happy, then you need to do something about it. In the case of the book, Old Gentleman Gray went out and did something about it, and began a ripple effect throughout his whole village of giving, thereby bringing back his own happiness and joy, which was something that he had lost for a whole year.
This is a heart warming story, one that will remind families of the happiness that comes through giving, and not just at Christmastime, but the whole year through.
How many times have you let things stand in the way of your happiness. Sometimes they are as small , little hurts like cross words, or a harsh look. Does this remind you of you? If you want to be happy, you must rid yourself of those raindrops sogging you down, in order see the beautiful rainbows. So many people that we all know, have harbored and actually fed hurt feelings, preventing them from being happy. They brood, and relish in their own hurt so long that it becomes what defines them, and little do they know how much they miss out on.
A word from the wise....Everyone has raindrops that fall and dampen their spirits from time to time, and that is normal, but if you don't develop the ability to let them go, you will never be able to enjoy this beautiful life... or see all the lovely rainbows that appear right before your eyes.
Do you know someone who is constantly negative? Do you know someone who can't let the bad things that have happened to them go, and keep bringing them up? How can anyone be happy if they continually focus on the negative and never let the true picture of their life develop? Here is a cute little poster, that I made for you to put up for yourself, or pass out to somebody who needs it.
A good friend of mine once told me a quote that I will never forget the jest of. It went something like this.. "God made our shoulders round, so we could let things roll off. If they were square, things would just stack up and weigh us down."
I would like to direct you to an article found in the Deseret News today, by a blog follower, Rebecca Adams, of Illinois. This article about a young girl who lost her family in a tragic automobile accident. She was only 8 years old at the time, and suffered tremendous loss. The story tells how she and her family were on their way to Idaho to a family reunion, when their pickup truck blew a tire, jumped the median and collided head on with a semi trailer. Both her parents and sister were killed, but she was injured. A couple who saw the accident rushed to their aid and protected and comforted her until help arrived. Joie's Aunt and uncle took her in to raise her. After the accident lots and lots of people, even some they didn't know, came to their aid with food and meals and comfort.
Today, Joie is 14 and she had the idea last year about starting a Facebook page called Random Acts of Kindness: Celebrating kindness, and encouraging strangers to participate. On that Facebook page, it reads, "When tragedy hit, so did the acts of kindness, many fro strangers. Each year, we give back, to remember." 1,500 people accepted the invitation, and did random acts of kindness. Josie said that it makes her smile because they are doing these random acts in honor of her family, and that makes her HAPPY. I hope that you will join in this years tribute and pay it forward, and be happy too!
With all this young lady suffered, she certainly has a right to be angry, sad, depressed, and still in grief, but instead, she says that she doesn't like living in the past and would rather be HAPPY and live life to the fullest. Let me ask you.... could you do the same? Have you done the same or are you still living in the past because of a hurt, tragedy or deep sadness that has happened to you I the past? If you are still hurting, try what Joie did, and pay it forward. Move on and don't let past events ruing your happiness for the rest of your life. Go out and instead of looking inward, look outward and find someone that you can give service to, even if it is just starting with a smile. I hope that you will join in this years tribute and pay it forward, and be HAPPY too!
Here is a free printable for you or for you to share with others. To print, click on the image, then save it to your computer and print from there. When you consider these qualities, look to yourself and see if you posses them. The ones you fall short on, work on, and I guarantee, you will become a happier person. BE HAPPY!
I always go to the
wrong checkout line at the grocery store.Never fail, I pick the wrong line.Inevitably I end up in the line with the cashier in training, who takes
double the time to check people out with their groceries, because she’s
learning.I seem to be drawn to the line;
behind someone who has a purse bulging with coupons, needing them scanned individually
or who has been dumpster diving for coupons and they are burning a hole in
their wallet.Occasionally I get behind
people who don’t have enough money to pay for their purchase, so they have to recalculate
and put things away until they reach a point that their food items, match the
money in their purse.This was one of
those days and I’d like to share this story with you.
I didn’t want to take much time in the grocery store because
I needed to get home to prepare dinner.I only had a few items that I needed to purchase and I felt pretty
certain that I would get in and out of the grocery store within a 15 minute
window.I knew the layout of the store,
grabbed my few grocery items, and proceeded to the shortest checkout line.Ahead of me was a cute little old
silvery haired woman that I had seen, rolling through the isles of the store in
the electric scooter.Her few items were
in the scooter basket, and she was taking out each item, setting them
on the check out counter.The problem began after the scanning was complete and the store checker announced the total amount of her purchase.I heard an audible gasp, as she began
fumbling through her purse, looking for extra change that had dropped to the
bottom. She laid all the found coins on the counter for the checker, but after counting, she was still short. The checker was friendly and cute and proceeded
to try to ease the embarrassment or her customer, suggesting that maybe some of her items
could be saved for another shopping day.A bit frazzled, this little woman, started sifting through the sacks to
see what she could put back.Out loud,
she accounted for every item saying, “I need this for dinner, can’t make my
casserole without this soup, and I need everyone of these prescriptions.”There was nothing she could could put back,
and needed everything, yet she didn’t have enough money to pay for it.
In the meantime, behind both of us, were three other grocery
shoppers, who were wrestling with their children, and seemed obviously annoyed
that this little old woman was taking so much time.I was uncomfortable too, but not for myself
and my own time constraints, but because I could see that this little old woman
needed everything in those shopping bags, and didn’t know what to do.She even mentioned that her ride home was out
sitting in the car, and perhaps the checker could wait for her to go out to the
car to see if her ride had any money to contribute. It was then that someone
behind me let out a loud and frustrated sigh, and if she had a horn in her hands, it would be honking.
My heart began to pound fast, and a lump in my throat grew as I felt compelled to take action. I knew what I had to
do and as quietly as I could, I asked the
cashier how much more the old woman needed to complete her purchase.She told me it was just a little over $6.00.I knew that I was all out of change, but
asked the cashier if she could put the balance of her purchase on my purchase
and I would pay for it.She smiled at me
and said, “Sure”, looked at the little old woman, and took the amount of money
that was lying on the counter and said, “Paid in full”.
The old woman was startled, and said, “But I don’t have
enough!” The cashier said, “It’s been taken care of.” Before I could get the cashiers attention to tell her to not
say anything, she continued, “ paid by the woman behind you .”
Oh how I wished that she hadn’t revealed that tiny piece of
information, thinking this woman could have somehow thought that the food items
she bought were on a 1 minute special sale or that she was the 100,000 shopper
and won that as her prize. Maybe the cashier could have pretended that she had miscounted the change, and it ended up being exactly enough, but my little secret deed was revealed.
Then I saw the old woman try to turn her silvery gray head around to see me.She seemed stiff and
could only turn her neck half way, but as I looked at her profile, I saw tears
welled up in her eyes and streaming down her face.She uttered the words, “Thank-you!” Speaking she suggested that d that if I would follow her out
to her car, she could write down my name and address, and send me the money in
I laughed and said, “Today is your lucky day, and there
is no need to worry about paying me back.”
She said, “Oh, but I can’t take your money!”
I told her that she wasn’t taking anything, because it was a
gift for being such a lovely person.I
went on, “I hope that you have a wonderful day, because you have made
mine very happy!”
She wiped her nose and face, and with a sniff, repeated in
whispers, "Thank-you, thank you so very much... how can I ever repay you?”
By then, I had such a good feeling all over me, and tears were in my eyes that I told her “No, it is you I need to thank,but if you feel you must repay me, then pass this
gift on, to someone else you find in need!”She shook her head up and down, understanding what I had said, as the bagger
lifted her groceries sacks into her scooter basket,. and walked with her to assist putting the groceries into the car.
My groceries only took a minute to scan and pay for, and I
was out the sliding doors walking toward my car.I noticed this darling
little silvery haired woman getting into the car parked right next to me, telling
the driver of the car about the experience she had in the store. She was still crying and wiping tears as she spoke.
My heart was warm, as I refreshed in my mind, the events that
has just happened inside the store.I
felt so good in side.I needed that
experience that day because it lifted my spirits and I thought about how
blessed I am to have my health, enough money to pay for all the necessities of
life and so much more.I am so glad that
I acted upon the promptings I had received.Such a small price to pay, and I received so much more than I gave.
Some years my family moved from our hometown, friends and family, to a new home in a new state and town. There is always a certain amount of fearfulness about fitting in, making friends, and being accepted, and these thoughts were in all of our heads. Even our children were apprehensive about this move, and hated to leave behind their friends, to start over again in this new neighborhood. I have learned from past experience that not everyone will come running to your front door to meet you, if you are a new move in, but I knew that we could either sit back and hope it will happen or we could be proactive to make it happen. We took the proactive approach and created a plan to meet our neighbors.
People love cookies, and I know that unless you are severely diabetic, nobody will refuse the offer of a freshly baked cookie. I gathered up my children, and together we added the ingredients to make our best recipe of chocolate chip cookies. After they were baked and cooled, we divided them up on several paper plates, making sure that we left one for our own family. Then we made a plan about who should be the lucky recipients of our cookies. This would be our way of meeting them, and hopefully putting a smile on their face in the process. We were excited and everyone eagerly participated.
We selected 4 different families in our neighborhood to deliver these cookies to. The very first family we picked lived directly across the street from us. When we had moved in, and before we had our phone, we needed to make a phone call, and asked if we could make a call from their home. They were kind enough to let us in, and so we thought that we would return the favor.
With my children's faces wiped off, and hair combed, we took our cookies and walked across the street to present one to this family. We knocked on the door and the mother opened the door. She had quite a surprised and perplexed look on her face. Maybe me any all my children were a little bit overwhelming, so I quickly said, "We wanted to thank you for the use of your phone a couple days ago, so we baked you some cookies." My kids were all smiling and excited about sharing but somehow she didn't seem as happy to receive them as we were to give.
She then said, "Why are you giving me a plate of cookies?"
I said, "Because we wanted to say thank-you."
She then said, "Who does this? Why the cookies?"
My kids began to squirm around and became a bit uncomfortable, as our best efforts seemed to be questioned like we had put poison in the cookies or maybe we were trying to sell them or something.
The woman's mouth was pretty much open, with jaw dropped and her kids had gathered around her at peering through the doorway at us. I wanted to cut the uneasiness a bit, so I then said,
"We live across the street and wanted to meet you. This is our way of meeting you."
Once again, the woman said, "But why the cookies?"
I brushed it off and began to name the names and ages of my children and then said that we hoped that we could become good friends one day. My kids were only too anxious to leave their uncomfortable presence, until finally she said, "Well thank you!" (That thank-you seemed to have a question mark at the end of it.)
She went on to say, "Nobody has ever brought them a plate of cookies or anything, and that she was so surprised that she didn't know what to do or what to say."
I said, "that's ok," and my daughter continued... "Maybe you will get more use to it if we keep bringing you cookies again." At that our neighbor smiled and seemed to warm up and her kids were pulling on the plate of cookies, to get a better look at them.
We said a quick good-by and walked back across the street. I gathered my kids around in our family room, and the conversation when something like this....."Who doesn't like cookies?" "Wow that was uncomfortable."
I asked the kids how they felt about giving the cookies away, and each of them said that it made them happy, even though they weren't received in the way that they had hoped.
Time went by and so did plates of cookies, casseroles, and many other goodies. We became friends with this neighbor, and we all knew that happiness does come into our heart when we give something away, even as simple as cookies.