Shawn L. Bird

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happiness is. June 4, 2012

Filed under: Grace Awakening,Reading,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:48 am
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Today, happiness is being party to Twitter messages travelling between two young people reading #GraceAwakening.  The message ” ❤ Josh” had me teary-eyed.

It makes me happy when readers love my imaginary friends!  🙂

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Lucky boots January 28, 2012

Filed under: anecdotes — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:02 am
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Sometimes you just get lucky.  Unexpected discoveries, simple pleasures, a wish fulfilled…

Three years ago, I started looking for the perfect pair of grey boots.

My criteria:

  • real leather
  • under $150
  • tall
  • cute

I found the Second Miracle Logan’s on Fluevog.com and drooled big time.  They met all the criteria except price.  Unfortunately they were 3X the budget, and there was no way I could talk myself into them.  >>sigh<<  Every once in a while I’d go back to the site and stare dreamily at them.  Then this fall, they were gone.  I let go the dream that those were my dream boots.  I kept searching for grey boots, but despite the odd ‘grey boots only’ shopping events, I remained empty handed..ur…bare footed?

Today, I was at the Fluevog site and clicked “Clearance.”  There were 3 items in my size, and guess what was there?  ONE pair of my Logan boots!  AND they were so discounted that with tax and shipping they STILL met budget!  My boots are in Montreal.  Fantastique.  Soon they will be here.  My quest for the perfect grey boots has finally ended.

It’s a simple pleasure to have a goal achieved.  Is this a lesson on the value of perseverence and patience?  Perhaps.  Lacing them up is definitely going to require perseverence and patience!  (No kidding- there is no zipper in these).

I decided that I can’t buy a single additional bit of footwear this month.

Good thing it’s the 31st.

No wait.  It’s the 27th!  That’s 4 days to remain new shoeless!  Wow.  That will be hard, but I will fight my base urges and restrain myself.

 

 

wanna be happy? November 15, 2011

Filed under: Commentary — Shawn L. Bird @ 4:02 pm
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“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln

True isn’t it? It’s all in the state of mind. If you look for the blessings and good things in your life, that’s what you’re going to see. If your focus on the negative, that’s what you’ll see. Choose what to look at, and enjoy a happier life.

 

Happiness is July 30, 2011

Filed under: Pondering — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:24 pm
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‎”Happiness is a quality of mind. It is something we possess within…if we do not have it within, nothing outside can give it to us.”

– Paramananda

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Profound, eh?

I think of it in terms of those choices that I’ve been blogging about lately.  We choose to be happy.  You hear people every day grumbling about this and that minor complaint all the time.  You’d think the entire world was conspiring against them.  Then you meet someone who has a happy heart, but is an invalid, or lives in third world poverty.  Every day is struggle.  The struggle could have worn them into bitterness, but here they are smiling and joyful.  Why?  Not because their troubles are less than yours, for in fact, their troubles are infinity greater than yours.  They are smiling and joyful because they choose to be.

That’s all.

Happiness is not something to pursued, constantly running ahead, just out of reach.

Happiness is something to embrace in every moment.

Happiness is a choice.

 

 
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