When the “Happy” is Missing…

So, we’ve all said it… “Happy Thanksgiving!”…  sometimes the words just come out without a thought… whether we’re saying it or hearing it said to us.  

But if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve all had moments, or years, when there was no ‘happy’ to be found in our circumstances, no ‘happy’ on the current path of our life journey…

Maybe it was just that cooking the same amazing meal that you always created was not possible this year because you were too busy with other very important things.  Maybe it  was because your family wasn’t able to be all together due to distance and travel… or maybe due to emotional distance which happens in every family, but you somehow think you might be immune.  Maybe it was because you were caring for a loved one who was ill… maybe you needed to spend the day by the bedside of someone in a hospital, a nursing facility… or a hospice.  Maybe it was because the things that have happened in your life over the past year, or years, have drained you… maybe grief has overwhelmed you and won’t let go.  Maybe you lost your job and the resources to prepare that wonderful feast aren’t there… maybe even the money to pay the bills next month isn’t there, and the stress in your life is simply overwhelming.

If the years have been good and you have much in your life for which to be happy, feel blessed.  Be thankful.  Share kind words with others.  And as you mingle with those in your family, your circle of friends, your neighbors and co-workers, the clerk at the grocery store or the people sitting next to you on the bus.  I want to be one who is drawn to see happiness even in sadness, to see abundance even in need, to see joy moments even in days of despair.

So… I’ve always been drawn to cross stitching, and I come from a family of cross stitching, so there are many embroidered sayings scattered on the walls through my home.  Now, before you see the list below, don’t judge…!  Some of them are antiques, made by my long-passed relative.  Some of them are not even stitched… a few are on plates (anyone remember Holly Hobbie ©?).  Many are gifts given to me by family and friends who so kindly want to share a special saying with me.  As I’m drawn to look at each one, each day, you’d think I’d be uplifted every moment of every day.  Such isn’t the case… I have dreary days, I have dark days scattered among the good days and the awesome days.  But, it is my hope that sharing these sayings with you on this Thanksgiving Day will uplift your spirit, will brighten your day, will quiet your spirit.  And it is my hope that this Thanksgiving Day, and each one that follows, will be blessed because you have taken a moment… in whatever circumstance you find yourself… to think about the good things in your life… whether those be good memories, good conversations, good feelings of accomplishment, the freedom in which we privileged to live, the commitment of professionals who serve to care for us and protect us, the bounty we have in this wonderful country we call home, the joy of friendship, the love of family… and to rest in those memories and those feelings.  Enjoy these sayings… and thank you all… wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving season of finding focus on the bounty for which you can be thankful… the peace, the kindness, the grace, the comfort and the love which exists for each of us.

  • “To a friend’s house the road is never long.”
  • “I believe there are angels among us.”
  • “Live simply, laugh often, love much.”
  • “Home is where you hang your heart.”
  • “The easiest tasks are those done with love.”
  • “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
  • “Learn from friends and family.”
  • “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.”
  • “There’s no place like Grandma’s.”  (This one may be a favorite!!)
  • “Put on a happy face.”
  • “A tender touch heals the soul.”
  • “Start each day in a happy way.”
  • “Memories are a mother’s best gift.”  (Okay, this one is also a favorite!)
  • “Do everything in love.”
  • “Every moment of every day is a special gift from God.”
  • “Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today.”
  • “So Winnie the Pooh and Piglet walked hand-in-hand through the blustery day.”

(Really, this is hanging in my home… and yes, I did the cross stitch… but that’s a story for another day…)

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