Category Archives: Happiness / Encouragement / Inspiration

Relationships are like Gardens…..

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Relationships are like gardens. If you tend to them, they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB “Relationships are like gardens. If you tend to them, they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB

My friend Frank wrote:

“Ok, I keep getting opportunities to say this quote I made up myself so I’m going to share it again on FB so you can say it too:“Children are like gardens, if you tend to them they tend to give you beautiful gifts in return.” -MFB
You can reverse children and gardens or use the word “friends” to replace either one and its still true.I guess I need to find a great picture I took of children playing in a garden and put that quote on it and repost it …unless YOUR motivated, feel free…Hey, let’s have a contest! See who can make the coolest version of a quote photo and lets go viral with it!”

GAME ON FRANK…….

 

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What is Enough to be Happy?

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“If one thinks that one is happy,

that is enough to be happy.”

Madame de la Fayette

“If one thinks that one is happy, that is enough to be happy."
- Madame de la Fayette

 

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Embrace Your Inner-Caterpillar – Both Stages are Stunning

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Riddle me this?

Why is the butterfly getting all the glory?

The caterpillar is cool~!

If the caterpillar were not an essential stage in development, God would have skipped right over it, right? Sooo….. I’m saying, embrace your inner caterpillar, and press on toward the butterfly. Love yourself as a caterpillar, knowing you are on a journey, and will one day grow wings, as it were. Life is a process. If you were to begin at the end, you’d miss the adventure~! Be encouraged at this very stage of your life, and live it intentionally.

Now for the pictures~! I can’t help at marvel at God’s awesome creatures~! So, I am including some wonderful photos of crazy caterpillars and beautiful butterflies. These should inspire us to be proud of both of these phases, caterpillar AND butterfly~!

“God believes in our butterfly, hopes for our butterfly, loves us as butterflies”

~ Peter Kreeft

Top 10 Most Beautiful Caterpillars | SciencerayColorful Blue Morpho butterflyBeautiful Macro Insect PhotoPapilio machaon -- by claudiodelfuocochenilleeuropean peacock butterfly ~wow~

Sycamore Moth (Acronicta aceris) Caterpillar by forbesimages, via Flickr: Hard to believe that it turns into a plain colored moth. #Photography #Sycamore_Moth_Caterpillar #forbesimagesRare butterfly In the AndesStinging Rose CaterpillarButterflyPrettyButterflyMoth Caterpillar | by John Horstman

Peacock Pansy Butterfly (Junionia almana)

Electric caterpillarNature at its best

Peacock Bristle Worm (Chloeia flava), by Mat.Tauriello 毛虫beautifulTussock Moth Caterpillar (Lymantriinae) ~ By John Horstman

Yellow Butterfly

Caterpillar

"God believes in our butterfly, hopes for our butterfly, loves us as butterflies"  Peter Kreeft Fortify My Life Blog

Oh…. but maybe you think you’re just a moth?

Moths are quite wonderful, too.

So, none of that comparing butterflies to moths and feeling short changed~!

Look at these guys~!

Luna MothRosy Maple MothShowpieceGarden Tiger MothMadagascan Sunset MothTo link to 300 more amazing caterpillar & butterfly photos on my pinterest page, click this link~!

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The True Secret of Happiness in our Daily Life

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“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” 

~ William Morris

"The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life."  ~ William MorrisI LOVE this quote. I have to say that William Morris is a person who has influenced the way I live, creatively. He supported the arts, and liked to have beautiful things around him. It was his believe that things didn’t have to be merely functional, but interesting to look at and interact with as well.  A serving spoon can be a work of art~! 

Beyond that, we can look up, look around, and find beauty all around us. Compare the color of a tree trunk to the sky behind it. Take a closer look at the inside of a flower. There are often sparkly stones inside of concrete. A drop of water can contain a whole miniature world~! When light shines through leaves, they look like stained glass. What an amazing world we live in~! It is important to our health to observe the world around us using as many of our senses as we can.

BE INSPIRED~!

Look up, Look around…

Be Happier in your Daily Life~!

What do you see that is amazing in what many think of as the ordinary world? Teach us to see something new in our surroundings. Please leave comments~!

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Disguising Our True Nature From Others and Ourselves

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	 “We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves." - La Rochefoucauld

“We are so accustomed to disguising our true nature from others, that we end up disguising it from ourselves.”
 La Rochefoucauld

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An indispensable part of happiness…

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“To be without some of the things you want is an  indispensable part of happiness."  - Bertrand Russell

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”  Bertrand Russell

Do you agree with this quote? Why or why not? If you like it, why does it appeal to you? Please leave comments~!

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Maybe you CAN buy happiness… or get it for FREE~!

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You can't buy happiness. you can buy icecream

1- You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy icecream. And that’s kind of the same thing.

I liked this poster immediately when I saw it. I’ll confess I’ve only had ONE ice cream sundae in the last decade. I didn’t finish it. It was actually too sweet for me, but I sure had fun putting a serious dent in it. People say that you can’t buy happiness. I’m not sure if that is true. You can add your opinions in the comments section~! I have spent money on things in the past that I thought would make me happy, and I’ve been wrong. I’ve also bought things that have brought me joy.  By the way, this poster is for sale on Etsy.com (an online craft show), at the Gayana Shop. These are all posters from the Gayana shop, and the artist has over 200 other posters to check out if you’ve enjoyed these. Oh, I also noticed that these ship from Latvia. That’s cool~!

2 -He who plants a garden plants happiness.

He who plants a garden plants happiness

 

3-  Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book.

Happiness is a cup of coffee and a good book

 

4- Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -Anne Frank

4- Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -Anne Frank

5 – Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life. -Aurelius

Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life. -Aurelius

I Shall Not Pass This Way Again

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I shall pass through this world but once

“I shall pass through this world but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now; let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” — Etienne de Grellet

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Maximize the Happiness of an Event

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happy orange frog

How to eke the most happiness out of an event…

4 stages:

1- anticipate the event

2- savor it as it unfolds

3- express happiness

4- remember it later as a happy memory.

Gretchen has her own “12 Commandments” listed in her book and on her blog.  Commandment 6 is “Enjoy the Process”.  Wow~!  What simple advice.  The search, the hunt, the research, the planning….. these components play a part in many events.  Then there might be shopping & rearranging life as another phase of the process. Let each part bring some element of adventure and enjoyment.

The Happiness Project, book by Gretchen Rubin.

The topic: Make time for projects, Page 108.

One Serious Conviction

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 Samuel Butler Quote

“The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.”
 Samuel Butler

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