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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Don't Worry ... Be HAPPY!

I love this quote by Gordon B. Hinckley from his book, "Standing for Something":
"My plea is that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life, we 'accentuate the positive'. I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still our voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment and endorse virtue and effort."
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I believe there is a way to be happy no matter our circumstances. I visited today with a bent-over, old homeless lady named Paula. When I say "bent over" I mean that she could not even lift her head high enough for me to see into her face. She was dragging a small suitcase on wheels which contained all of her possessions. But Paula had a lilt in her voice. Paula did not carry a dark cloud, but rather, just being in her presence made me feel more grateful.
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My circumstances my pale in comparison to Paula's, but I still have things that are hard for me. And so it is for each of us. It's my quest to have an aura of light around me, as Paula does, regardless of my current circumstance. I hope to always "accentuate the positive" and to "more fully enjoy the sunlight".


  1. Loved that quote!

    I also love the story behind your blog, that is truly amazing and such a great thing to do for your mom.

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

  2. No doubt the happiness is something we have to achieve ourselves. I wish that every time you feel happy I can express freely, and that these moments are too numerous.

  3. Thank's for your sweet comment and for following me. I think what you did is really beautiful and it's a great proof of love :) . She's lucky to have you as her daughter, I hope that she'll get better. Keep checking out :

  4. So true...I use to tell my children..there is always someone who has it worse than you...AND..also be, and trust the LORD!!!

    ALL things in GOD's ways..DO work out for the good.

    Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matt 5:16

    Precious story. Thank you.

    HOPE... thank you for being a follower..please visit my cancer blog for testimonies of God's grace! and SMILES.

  5. Your blog is going to do me some good, it seems. I need more positive thinking in my life. I tend to get so consumed with depression when everything hits the fan. The past year has been dreadful for me (job loss, friend loss, grandmother loss, etc).

    I need to start focusing on the sunlight!

    I'm glad you stumbled across me. Perhaps it was fate?

    I'm following you now!

  6. You have a great blog. Full of love!

  7. Wow...thank you for this reminder my friend. xoxxo

  8. I think we all need to be more like Paula and never carry dark clouds around us.

  9. Your blog is amazing! It's very inspirational. Thanks so much for stopping by mine too! I'm now following you! It's so touching what you did with your hair for your teared up reading your profile

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