Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to do to find our “Happy Place” was to follow 3 easy prescribed steps?”  

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Everyone would be happy, nirvana would reign and life would always be a “heaven on earth”….”No more worries, I’m in my happy place!”

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

If one is to believe what the internet has to offer;  there are a myriad of ways to do just that!  Head to Google search to discover 10 steps to Discover your Happy Place,  how to Go to Your Happy Place, and exactly Where is your Happy Place. There are even images for How to Find your Happy Place.

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Most of the information in the above articles are great, don’t get me wrong, but my problem here is with the premise that we must be in a happy place all the time or something is terribly wrong with us. 

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Anything less than happy is a big fat fail, heaven help us when we have a down day.

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Our happy place score is zero if we momentarily lose a few coping skills or have difficulty dealing with a painful situation. And by all means, don’t you dare admit this to anyone… for solutions, pills, psychiatrists and the like will be thrown your way from all directions. No one is quite comfortable around the unhappy and will immediately run in the other direction or set about fixing the “unnatural” problem.

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

I believe their is a place for pills, psychiatrists, psychologists and alternate solutions for those who find themselves in an un-“happy place” for an extended period of time and need a little boost to get going again. However, we do ourselves a huge injustice when we fail to recognize that there are seasons in our lives, and sometimes happy isn’t the one that we’re in.

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Ecclesiastes 3, says it best…

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,

A right time to plant and another to reap,

A right time to kill and another to heal, 

A right time to destroy and another to construct,

A right time to cry and another to laugh… 

Find Your Happy Place in 3 Easy Steps

Be encouraged today friends…we all go through seasons in our lives. The great thing about seasons? They never last forever.

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Life is in the Details

The details are not the details. They make the design. ~ Charles Eames

 I awoke this morning a little later than usual and lingered awhile before crawling out of bed.

Life is in the Little Details

So much to do in the short amount of time I had left at my sisters house left me feeling a bit paralyzed. Frankly, I didn’t want to start. “Just a little while longer”… my repeated mantra.

Life is in the Little Details

But the smell of coffee has a way of changing things; an invisible force beckoning me to rise up and shine.

Life is in the Little Details

As I grabbed the coveted cup of coffee, on a whim I also snagged my camera, and headed outside for a walk about the property.

Life is in the Little Details

Immediately I was enchanted! Her yard is a feast for the eyes. In the 38 plus years my sister has lived here she has created beautiful vignettes about the property; little details just waiting to be discovered.

Life is in the Little Details

There is magic waiting around every corner! Splendid and delightful on their own, but a masterpiece when all are woven together.

Life is in the Little Details

As I wandered about, captivated with all I saw, I began to ponder on my own little vignettes.

Life is in the Little Details

The little details of my life that have formed who I am today.

Life is in the Little Details

None are insignificant or discarded, but are being used to weave a tapestry that has been created for a purpose by a great designer.

Life is in the Little Details

I like the sound of that.

 

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A Tribute to My Father

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kellend

Today I come face to face with what I have thought I had been aware of most of my life….no one lives forever; it is appointed to us that every man must die. I know this is not something that we regularly speak of; it’s unpleasant and no one wants to dwell there. Of course, I have always known death as a fact of life…a detail tucked away along with thousands of other little pieces of information swimming around in my upstairs compartment, but that knowledge never hit home for me as much as it has today.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms I received a call from my sister last evening that my father was in the hospital once again; this time for double pneumonia. This scene has been played out numerous times over the past few years in varying degrees and so I was not too overly concerned about it. My father being in the hospital was not new. It has happened before and everything would turn out fine this time too. He will get antibiotics, some much needed rest, and be up and about again in no time. The practical, detail oriented nurse in me quelled any worry; no need to panic. That was yesterday.

Today, in the light of day, the daughter of my father aches. Time here, is not a healer, and in my heart I begin to understand what all this means. The day is coming when my father will no longer be with me here on this earth. God will call him home, and while that will be a special moment for my father, the ones he leaves behind will mourn his passing. I am preparing my heart to let go and this is no easy task.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms At this time the difficult moments trickle away like sand and all that comes to mind are those special moments we shared together. One of my favorite moments with my father, that helped to shape my love of adventure, was spent in a car barely large enough to fit our family of six. A few times a year, my father would have a hankering to see the brothers and sisters he left behind in Michigan when he settled down in California. A few days strung together, usually around the holiday’s, would find our car packed to the brim with my mother, father, and four kids, off on a road trip. The journey usually consisted of a 3 day non-stop drive, a few days visiting relatives, and a return 3 day drive home.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms Being the youngest and smallest in the family I was usually relegated to the rear deck in the back of the car (the little area above the back seat of the car and below the window), or on a small pillow on top of the hard center console in the front seat. Seat belts, if you could even find them in the car, were just a suggestion, and in our family, at the time, never seriously considered.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms As strange as this seating arrangement may seem to most of you, I viewed them as the best seats in the car. For one, I was able to stretch out and lay down in the back seat compartment window and no one else had such a luxury! Driving 3 days straight in a cramped car didn’t give much opportunity for a comfortable night’s sleep. Secondly, most of the time spent on the center console up front with my dad was in the middle of the night when everyone else was attempting to sleep; a peaceful and quiet time. I was the keeper of the thermos of hot coffee and it was my important job to help my father stay awake. Those moments of one on one time with him were precious to me and very rare. I treasured them immensely and still do. To this very day, 40 something years later, I think of those special moments when I am driving and the sun peaks up over the horizon.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms Thanks dad for the way you worked hard to provide for your family as we were growing up. I never heard you complain about the work load; I just watched you go about doing what needed to be done. I understand now why you were absent so often. You were busy providing for our needs. 

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms I can appreciate now the fierce loyalty you showed to your wife and our mother. The example you set for me to follow is an excellent one that I didn’t always understand. You lived out allegiance and left its path for me to follow. I am grateful.

I remember your kindness today….the ready and willing heart to help anyone who was in trouble or had a need. Your word was your bond and could always be depended on. I never had to worry when you made a commitment if you would keep it. The thing was always as good as done; a great testament to who you are.

A Tribute to My Father :: Pure Grace Farms I say all these things to you now dad, because I don’t want to waste another minute of this life in fear that you do not know how much I love, appreciate and respect you as a man and as my father. I have already waited far too long to tell you these important things.

You did good dad, you did good.

 

 

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