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Monday, April 9, 2012

Gratitude - Letter "H"

This post is part of the 2012 A-Z challenge, created by the intrepid Arlee Bird at: http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

“H” just has to be gratitude for happiness - any way we can get it, find it, and keep it. Only we can’t keep it. If I’ve learned nothing else in my 63 years on this planet, happiness comes in moments. Moments which rarely last forever. All we can do is continue to find what brings us joy and be grateful for those magical moments when we feel that soaring feeling inside our chests that lets us know we are happy.


Rebecca Bradley said...

I like this post. Thank you Karen.

Huntress said...

Happiness is sometimes a decision. Either we wake up each day determined to be happy or let the blues take over.

I make up my mind to be happy.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

After my berevements many years ago I was in a dark tunnel for a long time so any happiness I get now I appreciate it all the more.

Loved your H post,


Joanne said...

I think that's part of what makes happiness so special, that fleeting nature. We relish it because we know, on some level, it comes and goes.

Murees Dupé said...

Happiness is really hard to find and keep. But those brief moments are always wonderful. This is a really wonderful post.

Karen Walker said...

Rebecca, thank you so much
Huntress, hmmm, have to think about that
Yvonne, I am glad you find those moments now
Joanne, I think you're right.
Murees, thank you so much for that.

Bish Denham said...

Happiness is wonderful, but the other side is unhappiness. I decided long ago to seek contentment. That way, whether happy or sad, I can be content while in the midst of the other. It takes work, but it makes life much less volatile.

Shelly said...

Happiness is the spice which makes the rest of life so palatable.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Yes. Yes.
It's so important to recognize those moments and memorize them.
Great post, Karen.

Melanie said...

So much wisdom in these few words.

Suze said...

Happiness is a bit like leaping, isn't it? You can't stay suspended in mid-air but what a rush while it lasts.

Karen Walker said...

Bish, I love that - contentment
Shelley, great way to look at it
Heather, thanks so much
Melanie, awwww
Suze, yes, yes it is!

Tracy Jo said...

Aaaah...love those moments! :-)

Pearson Report said...

For me...Happiness is an inside job! (there's a book with this title)

I have learned too, in my travels on this little orb, that counting on others to water my "happy" seed is not wise, so I keep my little watering can handy.

Jenny @ Pearson Report
Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Happiness comes in the simple things.

Tracy Makara said...

You're right. We have to savor those moments, no matter how fleeting sometimes and be grateful for them. Nice post Karen! :)

DL Hammons said...

Happiness is like a drug! I'm always in search of more and when I get too much at one time I get overloaded!

Great post!! :)

Cherie Reich said...

What a lovely post! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chase happiness and you'll never find it.

Claudia Moser said...

A good choice for H!

Karen Walker said...

Tracy Jo, they are what make life worth living.
Jenny, I've written a lot about happiness being an inside job - it's so true. Can't come from external things at all.
Diane, yes, I agree
Tracy, thanks
DL, yes, if your looking for happiness from external things, that's so true
Cherie, thank you so much
Alex, you are so right!
Claudia, thank you

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Ah, great word. I just typed my J is for Joy post. It's similar.

Belle said...

Yes, happy feelings come and go. It is good to revel in them when they come.

Paula Martin said...

Nice post - it's too easy to feel miserable and depressed, when we cease to think about all the things that make us happy.

Carol Kilgore said...

Happiness is in the small things. Be happy and grateful about them, and you can be happy almost all the time.

Karen Walker said...

Mary, yes, they are.
Belle, I'm learning how to do just that
Paula, Amen
Carol, yes yes yes

Lynda R Young said...

Being grateful for those moments is a real blessing.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Karen. I agree, happiness does come in moments here on planet earth. I concentrating on those moments now, one day at a time, with my daughter. She was in the hospital almost five days and then I brought her home, a week ago Saturday. She's doing very well, and so am I. I've always known she's my first priority, but this experience REALLY brought that to the forefront. Now she does come first, before blogging, before email, before reading. It was a pivotal experience for both of us!

I can sense YOUR peace too with yourself. We either get stronger or weaker with age, and I think both of us are doing well (wish I were only 63!).

Take care. Ann

Julie said...

For a long time, I thought "happiness" was going to be some big thing that I suddenly grasped. It took me forever to realize it really is just about the moments, and those are what's important. Touching post, Karen.

Carrie Monroe said...

Happiness is so important. It is also very tied to gratitude. I think it is easier to be happy in life when you are grateful for life and all the things you have. Good post.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. happiness is a hug, a smile, a happy beautiful memory - and just being .. being happy everyday and counting our blessings ..

Happy is happy ..

Great gratitude post - cheers Hilary

Glynis said...

We have to hold onto happiness every time it walks by!