Thought For Thursday: Important Life Lessons Not Just For The Birds

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Happy Inspiration

What do our feathered friends know that we don't know?  More importantly, why do we sometimes lose the ability to feel sheer joy and pure, unadulterated contentment?  You know ... the kind of true gratification and excitement observed while watching a dog with a stick or Frisbee in its mouth, or a squirrel upon finding an acorn, or a bird after discovering the motherlode of fast food left behind in the parking lot.

This little gift shop sign made me stop and take pause about a simple concept which is not always simple to remember:  We tend to seek happiness when happiness is actually a choice. 

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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Morning Carie ... You're so right.  Happiness is our choice!  I choose to it :)

Jun 13, 2012 11:44 PM #1
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Nice thought to start my morning off! I love walking down our long driveway in the morning with my dog wagging and smiling and the sounds of birds just singing their little hearts out - simple contentment in being alive. :). Have a great day!
Jun 13, 2012 11:51 PM #2
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

We do choose don't we on how we look at life.  Dogs, birds, animals are so non-judgmental and live in the moment which most of us do not. Not an easy thing to do, but happiness does come from deep inside all of us, it is how we handle our own thoughts and feelings that make the difference.  Nice thoughtful post, thank you.

Jun 14, 2012 12:39 AM #3
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

That is an interesting expression. Must admit I have never heard it before.

Jun 14, 2012 01:17 AM #4
Dale Bledsoe
Crown Key Realty - Tracy, CA
Realtor in Tracy, California

Nice post and an excellent picture. The image of a bird and a french fry is and outstanding example of enjoying the simple things in life.

Jun 14, 2012 04:22 AM #5
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

John:  I'm with you :)

Nancy:  'Simple contentment in being alive' ... exactly!  I like how your describe your mornings :)

Mary:  You are so right ... living in the moment is a biggie that is so difficult for most of us!

Than:  I had never heard of it before either ... until I walked by it the other day!

Dale:  Thanks!  I thought the same thing when I read it :)

Jun 14, 2012 06:35 AM #6
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Love the poster very good post, we all need to try to enjoy the simple things in live after all the best things in life are free.

Jun 14, 2012 07:31 AM #7
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Carie, How amusing. Love the poster.

Jun 14, 2012 10:39 AM #8
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Caron's:  Thanks!  Enjoying the simple things is something most of us could get a little better at, yes? :)

Debbie:  Thank you!  This little shop has some interesting stuff in the windows :)

Jun 15, 2012 12:47 AM #9
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Getting to there is a matter of letting your "needs" and "wants" get separated.  And, telling that inner voice to shut up for a while.

Jun 17, 2012 04:35 AM #10
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