Happiness!

My beautiful children (2000)
My beautiful children (2000)
My 2 boys
My 2 boys
Me and mom
Me and mom
Beautiful granddaughters
Beautiful granddaughters
Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles
Beautiful sky
Beautiful sky
Newlyweds
Newlyweds

Happy thoughts!!

There are moments, and days, in people's lives when they think that things couldn’t possibly get any worse. Whether it feels like a broken heart that will never mend, or anger so strong that you just want to scream (or worse)…these awful times pass. Granted, for many people in this world, life will always be difficult, if not unbearable, but for the majority of us, the bad times will always be replaced with moments of wonder and awe!

Each scenario that I’m about to describe is a moment in my life when the only things I could feel were pure joy, happiness, and so much love that my heart felt like it could explode.

  1. I’m lying in a hospital bed. I’ve just spent the last eight hours enduring massive contractions. Two nurses are tending to me, taking my vitals, and bringing me some desperately needed food…still, the only thing on my mind is “Where is the baby? I want to hold my baby!” Finally, a nurse walks in pushing a clear bassinet. She hands me a carefully wrapped bundle, and the next thing I know I’m staring down at the most beautiful thing I have ever seen…a newborn baby! A perfect little human being that is, and always will be, a part of me…LOVE!
  2. I’m sitting in the bleachers, between my sister and my mother, on a hot Saturday afternoon. I spent the entire, anxiety filled, morning asking myself “Do I look alright?” “Is everyone going to show up on time?” “Did we order enough food for this afternoon?” Suddenly, just as I look up on the stage, I hear the principal announce my child’s name into the microphone, as he hands over the well-deserved high school diploma…PRIDE!
  3. I spent the entire day in the hot sun, mingling with a yard full of relatives. We were having our Irish family reunion. My sisters and I were on duty most of the day, helping mom serve food and drinks. As it got darker outside the crowd began to shrink. There were only a few of us left when my uncle pulled out his guitar. Mom is sitting on the floor, leaning against the couch, singing along to “American Pie” by Don McLean. I quickly change into some sweats and curl up beside her as she wraps her arms around me…COMFORT!
  4. It’s their first time at a carnival…my granddaughters are in their glory. They’re jumping from ride to ride, screaming with joy. They’ve been running around for two hours and the three year old is rapidly running out of steam. She finally gives in and holds her arms up to me to be picked up. As she watches her sister spinning around on the purple helicopter, she puts her thumb in her mouth and snuggles into my shoulder…TENDERNESS!
  5. We’re sitting in the second row, center stage. I have my two sisters beside me, and my niece jumping from lap to lap, as we eagerly await “Sugarland!” Suddenly, the lights dim, the music begins to momentarily drown out the crowd, and out comes “Jennifer Nettles!” Tears are rolling down my face as my sisters and I sing along with the entire arena…HAPPINESS!
  6. My boyfriend is standing at our front door urging me to join him outside. As I step out the door, my entire body tingles at the sight of the beautiful summer sky, filled with more stars than I’ve ever seen. We cuddle on the picnic bench and stare, in amazement, at the night sky. Slowly, out of the western sky, a bright light begins to pass. We quietly hold each other as we watch the “Space Station” pass over us and disappear into the southern sky…AWE!
  7. It’s Sunday afternoon. We’ve been unpacking all weekend long, working methodically in an attempt to get our beautiful new house in order. I’m thinking to myself “My life couldn’t get any better than this, I couldn’t ask for anything more!” Quietly, he sneaks up behind me and turns me around by my shoulders. He looks me in the eyes (with a very serious face) and asks “Can you keep a secret?” I look up at him, puzzled, and say “Yes.” Then he says “Why don’t we get married?” I burst into tears as I try to muddle the word “YES!”…BLISS!

I spent so many years playing the victim (in my head) that I couldn’t see all of the good surrounding me. Too many times I was so overwhelmed with grief that the only feeling I recognized was that of impending doom. Well that is NOT what life is about. Life does hand out its share of challenges and serious down times. However, today I choose to go forward with a much more positive outlook…it seems to work in my favor.

If I could I have one wish, it would be that everyone could feel the contentment, peacefulness, and serenity that has found its way into my life. Today, I love my life!!

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

You are truly looking at the glass 1/2 full instead of 1/2 empty. But , come to think of it, I think your cup "runneth over"!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

LOL, those words have been going through my head on a daily basis lately. Thanks for reading my hub.


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fucsia 6 years ago

What you wrote is wonderful: you are saying that we can change, that happiness is our responsibility and it does not depend from nothing and nobody else. thanks for sharing!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Fuscia. I'm not the type of person to tell people how to live their lives, but I can share what works for me...and our own happiness is up to us.


Cheri Amalfitano 6 years ago

Awesome, Wendi. I feel the same way!!!!!!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

I know you do Cheri, you're the one who taught the whole "Let it go" theory!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I can't tell you how happy I am for you, Wendi-what blessings!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Laurel.


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the clean life 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

I am so happy for you Wendi. Yes life does have it's ups and downs, but it is all that we make it. I write all of the time about positive attitudes and just having that positivity in our lives makes a world of difference not only to us but all that surrounds us.

Beautifully written Hub also. Thanks for sharing with all of us.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you clean life, it's always good to hear from someone who's shared similar experiences.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Happy Moments! Good hub and I enjoyed it. It is refreshing to read about the good times. Thanks and rate up!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you vocalcoach.


Amy R J 6 years ago

EXCELLENT piece Wendi! You are blessed in so many ways! I'm so glad you've opened your heart to them, it's the only way for them to get in! I love you, kiddo! -Amy


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Love you too Amy...thank you!


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Really enjoyed reading your hub Wendi M. You write so naturally and no matter what life throws at us there are always positives if we only look hard enough. take care.


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you for reading my hub Eiddwen, I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Wendi, I've not been reading too many hubs lately, but decided to see what, if anything, new you have written. And, I definitely enjoyed this read. I'm happy for you that you found a peace of mind in each scenario you laid out. It's truly a wonderful place to be in each instant and I can feel you joy, happiness, comfort and love in each word. Thank you for sharing. :)


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you for taking the time to read it Cags...always enjoy hearing from you.


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amberrisme 6 years ago

I truly enjoyed this!


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Wendi M 6 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you amberrisme, I'm glad!


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

I love this hub Wendi. It reminded me that we have so much to be grateful for each day if only we practice it. Our lives would be so much more appreciated, thanks


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Wendi M 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank Carrie, and thank you for taking the time to read it.


Michelle1974 5 years ago

Thank you Wendi for the comment on my page. And for the compliments. Im glad that you read my hub. Im new to this. But that one was the one that just flowed. I try and look on the positive side of everything. Your hubs are wonderful. Keep up the good work!!


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Wendi M 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Michelle, and I'm very happy to meet you!


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Shadesbreath 5 years ago from California

What a sweet and tender hub. Very cool of you to open up with these things. You misted me up though, and, as one who spends a great deal of time cultivating my cynical, thick-skinned persona, I must warn you that too much genuine sharing of goodness will make people act nicely towards one another. If everyone has a positive attitude and seeks the goodness in themselves, their lives and in others, what kind of a world would that be for a cynic and satirist, eh? So just watch it! :D


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Wendi M 5 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Shades...I had a moment of weakness!

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