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Smiles that Hide Our Pain

Updated on April 8, 2015
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When Theresa writes poetry, the inspiration comes from her or her family's true life experiences, which results in dramatic poetry.


"Sometimes you have to smile, when you are about to cry. Laugh to hide the pain. Look up to the heavens and pray, something good is on its way." (Unknown Author)

The Masks We Wear

Venezia Italia - Venice Italy - by gnuckx
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The Performance Is Convincing


She puts on a smile

All the while she prays

That no one envies her smile

For it has taken a lot of tears to wear

Her smile

Although those tears have dried,

The silence breaks the heart inside

Still, she gets all pretty and shows her face

Trying to hide it for a little while

Through betrayal, lost trust results


Behind the Masks ...

Venezia Italia - Venice Italy - by gnuckx
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Though her smile remains

She prays that no one envies her love,

For it has taken a lot of pain to grow it

Envy not, her life, for she has gone through much

To appreciate it

She smiles that smile, the ultimate guide into her soul

Hiding truth and behind the eyes, where it is revealed

What is hidden behind the surface

Not once faltering, that smile she wears, even after a tear silently falls

There is only One who knows her pain and keeps her each and every tear


When the Mask Is Removed ...

Venezian Carnival Masks - Venice - Creative Commons by gnuckx
Venezian Carnival Masks - Venice - Creative Commons by gnuckx | Source

Achieving True Happiness, Is It Possible?

According to Behavioral Health Systems, the following are very interesting facts and myths on achieving true happiness in one's life.


Myth:

Happy people suppress negative emotions.

Fact:

Believe it or not, happy people experience sad or negative thoughts and feelings nearly as often as unhappy people do. However, there is a big difference as to those happier people, in that they are able to experience their feelings without losing hope for the future. That is the key difference here between the happy and unhappy, for those who seem to remain unhappy, really see no hope for the future. On the other hand, happy people do allow themselves (or give themselves permission) to feel sad or angry, but remain optimistic that things will get better.


Myth:

Pursuing happiness is self-centered.

Fact:

One's happiness is determined more by one's relationships with other people than by any other single factor (emphasis added). Now, that is truly an interesting fact! The key here, again, is that the happiest people build their lives around solid, trusting relationships, coupled with the fact that when other priorities get in the way, the happy people are sure to take those steps to shift the balance. This is very wise to note here, as to achieving one's happiness in this life.




Myth:

I'll be happy when I achieve my goals.


Fact:

I am reminded of billybuc (however, he may not agree) here on HubPages, when it comes to this particular fact, and that fact being, most of the happiness we get from striving for goals comes from the progress we make toward attaining them, not after we achieve them (emphasis added). That is why it is important to choose goals that are in synch with our values and that we make a conscious effort to enjoy them along the way. Although, once our goals are achieved, it is most satisfying.


Myth:

If I were suddenly rich, beautiful and living on the beach somewhere, I would be happy.

Fact:

This fact may be contradictory to what most people believe, for it is that the happiest people are most often not those in the most enviable circumstances (emphasis added), but those who develop positive outlooks and actions. It is most important in taking those concrete steps to practice optimism, gratitude and kindness in your everyday life.




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How many of the above-referenced myths about achieving happiness have you ever believed to be true or still believe to be true?

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Watching a Sunset ...

Watching a sunset can bring much happiness!
Watching a sunset can bring much happiness! | Source


* You are not supposed to be perfect.

* Right now is a fresh start.

* There are reasons to smile all around.

* No matter what, you have a purpose.

* Tough times help us grow.

* We are all in this together.

* It is okay to let some things go.

* You do not always have to be happy.


Achieving Happiness

In that last "Fact" stated above, as relates to achieving happiness, I am reminded of those persons who have gone on mission trips around the world to the most impoverished of places, and find that those with little or literally nothing, especially, the children find happiness in the smallest of things each day and are so appreciative and thankful for each and every little bit they receive. One's outlook on life changes without a doubt when one does go on a mission trip to such places around the globe. One is forever changed.


© Copyright Faith Reaper August 17, 2013

Our Stained Glass Masquerade

Mucha's Four Seasons - Spring by Russ Matthews,fortunae 2002
Mucha's Four Seasons - Spring by Russ Matthews,fortunae 2002 | Source

If we dare to allow the truth to be seen behind the person, would all walk away or should our masks remain? (Profound video, worth watching to the end.)

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination." - Ben Sweetland

Each new Day Brings Hope...

Remember that each new day brings hope for a brighter tomorrow!
Remember that each new day brings hope for a brighter tomorrow! | Source

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      Joseph De Cross 3 years ago

      So uplifting Faith. Thanks for enlightening our everyday life with your creativity and great hubs. Well researched indeed; and the poetry so unique.

      Your style shines because you have the Lord in you. We kept smiling from the very start. Thanks again for being such a great human being, mother and awesome friend.

      2.25 a.m. NJ

      Joseph

      Proverbs 15:30 A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. (NIV)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you so much for such generous and lovely comments here. Tried a little bit of a change up here. I guess the trying times of life here of late had me thinking of sometimes the pain behind the smile. So, I guess that is what inspired me to write this piece here.

      Just this week and on the same day my husband had knee surgery, but then on the same day, one of my sweet granddaughters also had to have surgery on her arm and dislocated shoulder from a terrible fall. Praying so hard and no sleep last few days, for they are saying she may not regain full use of her left arm. However, I know God heals and I will trust He will do so once again.

      My heart just breaks knowing how much pain she is in right now, and I could not go and be with her that same day, as I had to be with my husband after surgery. Such is life ...things seem to happen all at once.

      Thank you for the beautiful scripture, which is really most appropriate here with this particular hub, and I should have used it here myself! : )

      Now, that has brought a smile to my face once again.

      That is some mask there, especially that first one to say the least, it hides something : ).

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Just beautiful, Faith. I am certain you have much pain now behind any smiles and de cross really has chosen the perfect scripture. Yet that you do smile regardless of your pain reflects the person God wants you to be, or any of us. It is a part of faith, Faith. lol

      Great poetry and soul searching. Beautiful, awesome and useful...and sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you so much. Yes, I am feeling a bit of pain in my heart right now, but I do know God is in control. Yes, it is truly part of having that deep faith for knowing our sweet Lord and He comforts and heals.

      Yes, Joseph did choose the best scripture ... very insightful.

      I appreciate the generous comments and sharing, sweet friend.

      Well, you better get some rest, as you must have not been able to sleep either. I did not realize the time of publishing here ... lol, but couldn't sleep anyway.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, this is so uncanny!..I've just started a poem about the pain that lies behind a smile, not only that, but I'm on holiday in the New Forest, we've just got back from Stonehenge, on the drive back I took a few pictures of...guess what? Hearts in the clouds :). I got back to my caravan for some lunch, took a quick look at HP and there your are with this wonderful hub. Loved the poetry, excellent topic, great minds...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, beautiful, and shared. Dear Faith, beautiful, true words of wisdom. Reminds me of the statement, "careful what you wish for." I know I've had a few of these wishes come true. Always words of wisdom from you Faith and I know that we all could learn from you. Hope all is well and have a great day dear Faith Reaper.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      I know your heart is working overtime right now and I am sending you every ounce of positive energy, prayer and strength I have...

      I am glad you are listening to such powerful music. I love Stained Glass Masquerade...what a perfectly profound message.

      I firmly believe sweet Scarlett is going to keep giving you genuine reasons to smile day by day as she gets stronger and stronger, the same for your husband...they have an amazing inspiration in you to keep getting better.

      I am glad you wrote this...for us and for you...it is beautiful. Please keep taking care of yourself, including your rest.

      Love you very much, Maria

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      This is such a lovely piece to read the first thing on a Monday morning. You are so right. We never know what is behind the mask that people wear. Their heart may be breaking, but they can still smile!

      Voted UP and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well my dear, I'll have you know that billybuc most definitely agrees with you. :)

      Thank you for mentioning me and your message is as true today as it was in the beginning of time...it is an endless truth, that positive outlooks equal happiness.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dearest Jo (tobusiness),

      I hope you and yours truly had a wonderful holiday in New Forest.

      You know, that has happened to me more than just a couple of times, it seems for some reason us writers seem to be in synch as to what is on our minds for whatever reasons. I actually read one or two hubs after I wrote this along the same lines. I really look forward to your hub, for you always provide such a comprehensive study, really, as to the subject at hand, and there is a ton more on this issue to of that pain that is hidden behind those smiles. I love reading all of your health, to include mental health issues related hubs, and being you are a nurse, you have much insight to share no doubt!

      I am really smiling right now while looking at that ad up there Google placed of the big boot above one of the smiling faces ....hahaha now I am smiling ... but that causes me pain : ( hehehe Hopefully, Google will read and adjust the ad to one more appropriate.

      I know you always have such amazing photography too, and our wonderful hubber/photographer and friend, Jackie Lynnley has been such a sweetie, as she is always, in giving her friends some of her photography as a free gift. They are always so beautiful and so I have been trying to include as much in my recent hubs as possible.

      I am so glad you had a chance for a quick look at HP and read this piece. Thank you so much for sharing here and always leaving wonderful comments.

      You're the best ... and the great mind!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Faith

      You have shared your smile with us many times when your heart was filled with pain. And in doing so you brought joy to another while deflecting your own.

      Know that you are wished well and that your kindness is so appreciated.

      Angels are on the way to you and to your family....ps

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      "My heart broken and my dreams shattered and yet I smile. I do not smile so much for others but I know it is smiling that begins my healing".

      You just wrote a home run out of the park piece here. Just fantastic. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear lyric,

      Wow, thank you, sweet friend, for all the votes up and across and share! You are always so generous in your commenting and sharing.

      I have had a bit of pain in my heart of late, especially concerning my precious granddaughter, but I know she will be fine and God heals. She is only five and had to have surgery, and just that thought of her possibly not ever regaining full use of her left arm, and her being in so much pain, just breaks my heart. When it comes to the little ones, my heart cannot take too much in seeing them in pain.

      So, I am trying to put a big smile on my face for her, so she will know she is going to be okay.

      God bless you. Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Khen Ramos 3 years ago from Philippines

      Wow Miss Faith. That was an amazing hub about happiness :)

      "Happiness is only real when shared." One of my favorite quotes of happiness. In recent memory, I've been smiling a lot in my life and that I could see the optimistic parts of life. Not all are optimistic, though and I help my friends to stay happy, because the secret ingredient to reach your goal/dreams is to stay happy. Voted up! :)

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Fantastic hub, Faith!

      I have a great friend who is always smiling even when she cries! She went through a lot in her life but through all she keeps smiling; she says that her smile is genetic. She called me this morning to say that the lifeguard at a local swimming pool thanked her because her smile made his day :-) So it seems that her smile brings happiness to others. For her, maybe her smile became a defence mechanism... and it's how she survives difficult time.

      Thanks for sharing your beautiful poetry!

      Voted up and beautiful!

      Have a great smiling day!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Maria,

      Thank you for always being there for all and giving your love in the very special way that only you give with such comforting, encouraging words. You are a very special person, and I praise my God for allowing me to know you and love you.

      You are always right of course, as I know my beloved Scarlett will heal more and more each day that passes. I just know in my heart that she will regain full use of her left arm as I am placing her in His care and trusting in Him.

      For me, my heart is so filled with pain just knowing she is hurting with such severe nerve damage, and just that thought alone really gets to me, especially when it is our precious little ones who are hurting and not able to do all the things she loves to do at the moment that bring her so much joy. But I will put on that big smile for her to keep going to enforce the thought that she is going to be just fine.

      I will do so sweet friend, and it has been hard to sleep here of late, but I will take care.

      Love you very much too, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      So glad to see you here this morning. I pray all is well with you and yours.

      I am glad you liked this piece. Yes, although there is a big smile, does not always mean there is no pain behind that smile.

      I guess I am feeling a bit of pain in my heart here of late, but trying to keep that big smile on my face for my granddaughter's sake to keep her at peace in knowing she will be just fine and heals more and more each day.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Faith .. my best friend and keeper of the most beautiful of smiles..

      It saddens my heart after reading of your husband and granddaughter.. I feel so bad for you ..my faithful one .. but, do not bring yourself down by not getting enough rest .. you are a tireless woman indeed ..(I always see your comments late at night ) Faith ..you are in my prayers .. for the constant support you bring all people who have the great luck of having met you and the tireless effort you bring to your own family.. you are a rock . This is another of your awesome hubs..filled with Love ,happiness and advice..but it shows the beauty of how intelligent and thoughtful you are to others .. this hub exposes that even you Faith, experience life and sadness.. but I know that you are strong because the Lord is with you .. my dearest..

      NOW , SHOW ME THAT BEAUTIFUL SMILE.!

      and know that all will be praying for and with you ..

      P.S. love the masks ..!

      Love and a virtual hug for you Faith ..!

      Michael

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Those pictures of that sweet smiling girl is you. Am I right? Delightful smile and who could not help to return that smile.

      Continued prayers for your granddaughter, husband and you - to keep up your own strength - and get some sleep! You surely can't be two places at once, but your smile and prayers take the place.

      Get some sleep - things are not so dreary you will find when you are rested. And love that smile.

      Be strong.

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      rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Such a brilliant piece of work. I loved your images of the masks. It is like the analogy of the clown that paints on a smile in order to entertain and lift the spirits of others while he cries in sadness behind the makeup. I think you have brought up some excellent points about the pain behind the smiles. Sometimes it is absolutely necessary to hide the sadness behind the smiles for the sake of those you love around you. However, you have to remember to release those tears once in a while to avoid drowning. It is true that some of us deal with sadness or unhappiness better than others but we are all human at the end of the day and it is okay to let go of some of the burden occasionally. Well done! Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      It's all about sincerity of heart and soul in worship, isn't it?

      Good hub, I liked your beginning poem, and thanks for the video as well.

      Enjoy your day!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill (billybuc),

      Always great when you stop by to read! Yes, I did think of you on that one "Fact" being you are always so encouraging to all as relates to the process of attaining one's goals; however, once the goal is attained, of course it is most satisfying indeed! But then, once it is attained, it seems to be our nature to continue to look for that something, and I thought of you again, as I know you love the thrill of the process one must go through, as it gives us something to live for, although it may be frustrating at times, but rewarding once attained.

      You are so right, our positive outlook on life, no matter what life deals us, makes a huge difference in achieving true happiness in this life. Yes, we all are going to have difficult situations to face each day, as that is life, but if we face them with optimism and hope that things will eventually get better, then we are able to make it through those tough days ... one day at a time! And I know you understand the "one day at a time" philosophy no doubt my friend.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      Great hub and thoughts into it, Faith Reaper. : ) I have always heard it said: 'if you don't give up on your dreams, you will find the will to live'. It isn't about who's there for you, although it helps to know someone is, or how much one may or may not have, it is about what you want out of life, even if it takes a long time to get there. Happiness is a feeling, a key to whatever floats ones boat, so to speak. Well, that's my spin on it anyway. Had to vote your hub up and interesting!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest PS,

      Aw, thank you for such sweet comments here, and you have done the same with the many trials you have faced in your lifetime and still on this very day precious heart. You are a true example of one who has that hope in her heart, no matter how painful life can be at times. You are an inspiration to me sweet friend.

      Please know I am praying for you and yours each day.

      As always, sending tons of hugs, love and Angels your way too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Eric,

      Wow, thank you, I do not know that I have ever received "a homerun out of the park" comment, so bless you.

      And you have shared a homerun out of the park quote here with us, which adds much to the subject of this very hub, and it is so true that smiling actually has been found, in studies, in fact, to heal! : )

      Hugs and smiles going your way and hope you have a beautiful day,

      Faith Reaper

      Thanks for the smiles.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Khen (Darksage),

      So nice for your visit here this day, and thank you for sharing your favorite quote, which is perfect here as to the subject of this hub!

      I am so glad you shared of your happiness of late, and what you have stated about caring about your friends and their happiness, is key actually in one's own happiness. Wow, that is so awesome, and I am, again, thankful you shared that here with us.

      Life will hit us all with those surprise curveballs, and you are right again, in that staying happy despite all, is key to obtaining our goals.

      I appreciate the vote up!

      Happy days to you filled with many smiles along the way, and I pray all your hopes and dreams are realized ...

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Joelle (kidscraft),

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and especially sharing of your sweet friend with the amazing smile who brightens all others' day no doubt.

      That is very insightful of you to discern that her smile, or one's smile could very well be a defense mechanism to the pain in one's life. I can identify with such myself. Awesome point to add much to the subject matter of this hub here.

      So glad for your visit here this day. I hope your day if filled with many smiles too.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      I should have clarified what I meant to add at my last comment. Smiles help, even when one is feeling down, that's for sure. They can be quite contagious. Even if one is hiding their true feelings on the inside. Somehow a smile makes things seem a bit bearable, you know?

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      FaithReaper,

      Just getting a comment from dreamseeker2 want to makes a person smile. Her comments are so awesome and from the heart. I can see you smiling, FaithReaper.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi, my sweet and dear friend and one of the many of he most gifted poets around HP Town, Michael (cleaner3),

      Aw, you always know what to say in your poetic comments. Thank you for your prayers, as they are most appreciated. My husband is mending fine, better as each day passes. My precious little angel of a granddaughter is what brings to my heart much pain just knowing she had to experience such as she is such a joyful and happy child filled with exuberance for life, so to see her down and having to go through such pain at five years old, is really hard for me to even think about such.

      I know God heals and I have no doubt she will be just fine, despite they are saying she may not regain the full use of her left arm ... and I am not receiving such and claim His promises for her and pray that as each day passes she will continue to heal miraculously indeed.

      Oh, yes, I have experienced much in this lifetime but am able to persevere through all knowing and believing my sweet Lord God hears my crying out to Him and as He promises, He will (not maybe, but will) relieve me of my distress.

      I am glad you mentioned the masks, as I wanted to add a certain amount of drama to this particular piece to show that we may all, at times, wear masks to hide our pain. I am so glad I was able to find these most beautiful ones on flickr photos creative commons!!!

      Okay, I now have a big smile on my face and thank you for the blessing of your wonderful comments here this day!

      Thank you for sending the virtual hug and I received it and I am sending back tons of hugs your way too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, I can surely relate to the type of smile in your poem, and to the fact that "There is only One who knows her pain and keeps her each and every tear." Truly, our relationship with God and with those who know Him have a great effect on our happiness.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest wetnosedogs,

      You are right on all accounts, as one truly needs rest to look at things with a fresh perspective and I know God can heal as He has done so for me and many others I know too!

      Yes, one cannot be in two places at one time; however, my husband and I realized we could Skype and talk to sweet Scarlett and so we did last evening, and it was such a blessing to actually get to see her as if we were right there almost. I read to her Sannel's latest book over Skype "Melvin ... Bad, Bad Kitten" and she loved it, but she asked about George, the kitten, our newest family member, who she could see on Skype and said that she wanted him to come to her house. She has just been laying down and seemed to be comfortable at the time, with her other siblings around, being careful, though! We do not want to use Skype but for any other reason such as this when we are unable to be in touch with our loved ones in person. So, that was surely a blessing. Scarlett named George, haha, and it is a funny name for a cat, and I do not know how she came up with it, but he sure is living up to being a "Curious" George, although he is not a monkey : ) He was trying to actually sit on the laptop! LOL

      I appreciate your encouraging words.

      Hugs to you and all the wetnoses this beautiful sunny day (for a change),

      Faith Reaper

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      I love the poetry. Although I have to admit I did believe one of those.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Life is too short for masks, although your poetry flows nicely and captures the sentiments of many people who are imprisoned by the necessity of wearing masks. I was struck recently when I was talking to my young teen. I asked her what she thought the purpose of life was. She confidently replied that the purpose of life was to find a purpose. And that makes us happy. So much is in the journey, not the destination. I enjoyed the sentiments you expressed in this lovely hub, accented by photos. Voted up and more.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Rose,

      So nice for your visit here this day, especially for the "brilliant" comment, which has brought the smiles! Thank you so much for such generous comments. Oh, I truly love the masks too, and I wanted to be a bit dramatic here in this piece and I think these gorgeous masks do add such mystic as to what lies behind the "mask" we wear with our smiles that sometimes are in reality hiding pain. Yes, it is like the analogy of the painted clown's face, and if you were able to have time to watch the video, "Stained Glass Masquerade" included here, throughout the video, it has those wearing such masks, the beautiful ornate ones to the painted on ones such as the clown wears, and that is another reason I chose that specific video. I knew I was going to use that song, but wanted to find one that contained such masks, as this one here does.

      Here I am expressing my pain as relates to my granddaughter's injuries and I am trying to keep that big smile on my face for her sake to ensure her that all will be okay in the long run.

      Yes, at the end of the day, we are all human, and it is very okay to not always be happy as indicated in some of the points made in the blue box to the right in this hub. When the little ones are around, and I must have that release of tears, so not to upset them, I usually let it all out while in the shower, as it is very therapeutic to let it all out indeed!

      I appreciate your generous comments and the vote up.

      Hope you are having a lovely day filled with smiles, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, sweet little bluebird,

      When I saw your sweet little avatar pop in here, a smile adorned my face. I just love little blue birds and your avatar is so delicate and sweet as to His lovely little creatures.

      Yes, it most certainly is all about that sincerity of heart and soul in worship! Yes, praise Him through the storms and trust and place our full faith in Him and His promises to never leave us or forsake us.

      I am so glad you thought this to be a good hub and liked the poem. So glad you enjoyed the video. I really love Casting Crowns and all of their music and found this particular video appropriate to go along with the masks theme here as stated.

      Have a lovely day bluebird,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Voted up+++ awesome & uplifting.

      Hi Faith, I'm sorry to hear about your precious granddaughter. I really do hope that she makes a speedy recovery. I will keep you in my prayers sweet Faith. I hope your granddaughter's pain is only temporary and that she will be able to regain full use of her left arm again. Did she fall off the monkey bars? I read this in one of your comments for someone in another hub. How is your husband? Is he still in a lot of pain? I think an icepack several times a day would help. A heating pad is good too. Is he taking any pain medication. It is normal to feel sore especially after surgery. My neighbor had knee replacement on both knees and told me how painful it was for her after the surgery. I can't imagine how tired you must feel. These last two weeks have been very challenging for you. Love and Blessings to you from me here in sunny Florida. Hope your husband recouperates soon.

      I really enjoyed reading this insightful hub. I agree that many times people mask their pain with a smile. I don't necessarily smile when I feel pain. I just rather be alone. I have gone through a lot of challenges in my life from being bullied and socially rejected by little girls since I was in grade school to having my heart broken by many guys that I've liked throughout the year. I am in my 30s and not married because I keep on bumping into wordly men. On top of that, I've had to deal with my mother's cold and difficult personality growing up. Even though she taught me good morals and values, my relationship with my mother has been a strained one. On the other hand, the principles that she taught me have served me well. All the adversity, troubles and obstacles that I have faced have strengthened me. I have learned to accept my past and move on.

      At this point of my life, I am going through one of the biggest challenges of my life. My mom was recently diagnosed with dementia, so her illness has taken a toll physically and emotionally for both my dad and me. My brother is married with kids and has his own life. So it's basically me and my dad dealing with my mother who is one of the most stubborn and difficult people you will ever meet. I've had to learn and apply new strategies such as giving her options to get her to cooperate with us. And for those people outside my family circle, all of this is drama because they are not the ones going through with it and so they have no idea what it is like to be up till 3am almost every night without being able to go to sleep because my mother refuses to go to bed and so that leaves my dad trying to sleep on the sofa for fear of her falling down.

      I can not say that I am the happiest person, but I am content and grateful for all the blessings in my life. Many people ask me where I find the strength. God is my armor of strength on those days where I feel helpless, but I still smile and try to live my life to the fullest. I try to keep myself busy doing something productive by staying focused on a task or goal along with other hobbies and passions such as playing the piano, reading, writing, practicing yoga, listening to music, I even signed up for kickboxing cardio and water aerobics class at a local college close by my house. Rather than masking your pain with a smile, the first thing that anyone should try to do is to keep their mind occupied by trying to achieve a goal. Find something that you are really passionate about and just do it. Sorry for the ramble.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi dreamseeker2,

      So glad for your visit here this day! Your hubber name matches up with your comments as to our dreams and never giving up on them, for it is the pursuit of such that brings happiness and purpose to our lives no doubt!

      I appreciate both your comments expressed here. Yes, and there have been studies that smiling (as well as much laughter) actually helps improves one's health. Of course, here I am expressing my pain in what my precious granddaughter is going through, and making sure I have a big smile for her to comfort her in knowing all will be okay, but that it is very much okay to feel sad and cry.

      I appreciate the votes up.

      Hope your day is filled with smiles and beauty,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi, again, my sweet friend, wetnosedogs,

      Yes, I agree totally, dreamseeker2 is a sweetheart to bring the smiles all around.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      You know it!!! Yes, it is that most important relationship with our Lord God which makes us strong enough in just knowing Him and that He will get us through all trials as He is right there with us through them, as I have found no doubt one bit! We should not be surprised when we face many trials of many kinds, as He tells us that we will face such trials, but He never will leave us alone in our trials.

      And, yes, it makes all the difference in the world as to our true happiness in this world, until He calls us home to our true home.

      I am glad you found the poem relatable.

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi mylindaelliott,

      So glad for your visit and that you love the poem. Yes, I have to admit that I, too, did believe a couple of those "myths" ... : )

      I might want to just try that one about being rich, beautiful and living on the beach somewhere just to see if the happiness remains. LOL Kidding, as having money does not bring happiness for sure.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      Your hub reminds me of the song "Smile" and its words "though your heart is aching; smile even though it's breaking...when there are clouds in the sky if you smile you'll get by...(wish I could insert some musical notes)...

      All true and a great read. :)

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Faith,

      This is such an interesting hub because so many people (actually I think the majority) are in pursuit of happiness. I do know very many people who smile and there is pain behind their smiles. I understand your poem to mean though, that the smile comes from facing the trials head on with hope at the helm.

      I have always separated happiness and joy because I have always thought that happiness was a fleeting thing that lasts but a moment but joy is everlasting. The joy of the Lord is my strength, says the word of God and when I think of His joy and how it does not end I realize that my hope in Him gives me joy as well. True happiness is joy, I think.

      Anyway, that's my input to your thought provoking hub!

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Faith, This is an excellent hub! I think the best one of all. Your topic happiness is wonderful and you say such profound statements here. I agree with all that you write. You have amazing insight. Thanks for a great read!

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      Mary Strain 3 years ago from The Shire

      Hi Faith!

      Beautiful and thought provoking hub. I'm one who recommends smiling when you're sad (sometimes) because it helps turn things around. Other people respond to you more positively, which in turn helps to lift your mood.

      I'm sorry to hear about your hubby and granddaughter. I'll remember your family in my prayers. Let me echo what others have said here...as you take care of your loved ones, don't forget to take care of yourself.

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I have no words for how this poem touched me, because it is my life right now. I deserve an Oscar lately for the smiles and laughter I feign. It is utterly exhausting. This is the second time in a week that I've read something on Hubpages that made me cry because it touched a painful place I didn't know was there, or because, as in this case, it said exactly what I'm going through.

      The whole happiness thing was hard. I know the joy of the Lord in that I know he is with me and the one I can truly trust, but happiness seems so fleeting and I have to say that right now, striving to achieve my goals right now is a heavy weight. Its like trying to wade through mud. The word strive means to work at or toward something. I'm too tired to work at much of anything except a few things, and those things bring me pleasure. I think we can enjoy working toward goals, but I think perhaps TRUE inner happiness is just knowing Christ's will and being at peace with doing it because it pleases Him regardless if it's in your comfort zone. If I can please the Lord, then I am happy deep inside. I want to be used, but like all of us, I am not always willing to do what he wills, or I completely don't see it because I'm not paying attention. Christ does for us what we cannot do in our own strength if we will but trust him and step out in obedience. If I set too many goals for myself to achieve (the operative words here are goals and achieve), things on my own list, in my own strength, whether I achieve the goals or not, or whether I care if I achieve them, I am not necessarily happy. I don't know if that makes sense and I confess I am looking at life through the cloudy lens of depression, but pleasing the Lord and living a life to glorify Him is all I want to do right now. The Bible say without faith it is impossible to please Him. Jesus said a mustard seed of faith can move mountains, so there is hope.

      Happiness is kind of a subjective thing. It means something different to each person. For some it means having a lot of fun and being carefree, something that is not possible to maintain steadily because life is not that way. For others it means not be burdened with anything to catastrophic - the bills are getting paid, the kids are doing well, yada yada. Again that is unrealistic and fleeting because life is not consistently that way. I think in those time we are enjoying life, but I don't think God mean for us to enjoy everything in life. A life of ease and continual enjoyment is shallow. How many millionaires and Hollywood movie stars are happy deep down inside because they have everything they want materially? You have it right that we grow and learn through pain and adversity. A life of substance and value comes through overcoming or coming through adversity having joy and peace that God brought you through and realizing that hope and possibilities are alive and well. If we let adversity crush us or make us bitter or hopeless, we haven't learned what we were supposed to learn. God is a God of second chances though, and third and forth...

      So with all my pontificating, I need to listen to and apply all that, or better, on whatever God's word is telling me. Depression stinks and I hate it, but I have to say, whenever I come out the other side of it, I am grateful for the lessons God taught me about himself.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, my goodness everyone!!! I went away to prepare dinner and come back to a lovely blessing to everyone's commenting. Wow, I had no idea this would spark something in all here. Okay ... where and who did I leave off at ... : )

      Kidding, you all know I love you. Now, all of you are "Spreading HubLove" galore here in commenting so lovingly. I am so touched and overwhelmed.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Yes, indeed, life is so very short! Wow, you have yourself one brilliant young teen there who already knows about having a purpose is the key to happiness, for without such, one is certainly lost. Sometimes it takes some of us longer than others to figure out just exactly what our purpose is in this life, for we have to live and go through life with its trials to sometimes know what our purpose is ... and for some, they just know right from the get go!

      I am so glad you liked this hub with its sentiments and photos too. I really appreciate the vote up and more.

      Have a lovely evening with your brilliant young teen,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dear sweet friend Marlene (lovedoctor),

      First off, no apologies necessary as you are not rambling. However, I know I am one who tends to ramble. More importantly, God bless you sweetie, and I am so sorry, as I had no clue as to your mother suffering from dementia. It is so very hard on family when this happens. I surely will be in prayer for you and your family through this difficult transition in the life of your mother, you and your dad as well.

      Thank you for sharing and opening up about all in your life. I am so sorry that you and your mother have had a strained relationship. My mother, as you may have recalled, died this past Christmas at the age of 84. She also had dementia. However, her entire life, as I have stated here many times, just how blessed I was to have the sweetest mother on the planet and I praise God for blessing me with my precious mother, and I do know that many have not had the same experience, such as you have stated here. In my entire life, I never heard my mother say one negative thing about another person ever! I have never met another person like my mother on this whole planet to date, ever. During her last years, she also developed dementia, and from my understanding, they do become difficult to handle, but it was so very strange, my mother stayed so sweet up until the time the sweet Lord called her to her true home with Him, even during those terrible last few months when she became so ill, she never changed. I only tell you all of this, to tell you that as far as a the relationship with my mother, I cannot relate to what you have with your mother, other than how difficult it is to see a loved one suffering from such a terrible disease and since you are the primary caregiver, along with your dad, you will need to get some relief every now and then from someone outside coming in to help out so that you will not burn out. However, you are so very young and in good health with all the activities you have named off here, which is very healthy for your mind to stay active.

      I am so glad to know your mother did teach you strong values and that will sustain you throughout your entire life, along with an intimate and personal relationship with our sweet Lord God (well that is what gets me through this life full of trials, and there will be many throughout one's life, some expected and some unexpected).

      I am so happy that God is your armor of strength! You are a strong young women, very intelligent and personable, so that is why a lot are attracted to you, many though, as far as men, of the wrong character. You deserve the best this life has to offer, so please never settle for anything or anyone less! I am no professional as far as these types of issues, as I stated, for I have been married since a very young age.

      The one thing that I do know is that what God tells us in His word and that is we are not to be unequally yoked with another, especially in marriage. It just does not work. One may believe one can "change" a person, but that is not the case. We all have to grow and mature into who it is we are truly to be in this life. I pray that your relationship with your Dad is a healthy one and that he has told you throughout your life how much he loves you, as that makes a difference, especially for women in their future relationships with men. Again, I am not a professional relationship guru or anything on this issue and am only giving my opinion based on what I have read about such and experienced in my own life.

      Although my mother was the sweetest other on the planet in my eyes, my dad was the exact opposite. : ) He served in the military and stood well over six feet tall and was mean as a snake, but he did do his job as a dad and run off those suitors who he knew had bad intentions for me, his daughter. To be honest, I hated him at the time for doing such, but if he were alive this day, I would tell him thank you, for there is no telling where or with whom I would have wound up. Now, I am the one who is actually rambling. I apologize sweet Marlene. I will pray for you and your family, and that God place the one in your life he has meant for you to be with, whatever is His will, and that you recognize this person and have a lifetime of happiness during those times when you are not in a relationship and when you do find the one He has planned for you in this life.

      Thank you for asking about my husband, and as each day passes, he is getting back to norm, still a little wobbly. He just had out-patient surgery as he had two torn miniscuses (spell?) and so it will be very little recovery time, but he is having to use crutches at the moment to get around. He does have third degree arthritis in his left knee, which they will treat with gel shots, and then later down the line, if the pain from the arthritis is too much, they will do a full knee replacement.

      As far as my sweet granddaughter, this is the painful part to me, for she is only five and is a fragile little thing, but resilient to say the least. However, her mom had just started a new job and so all the children started going to a daycare. Scarlett was to start real school this week, but now ... however, it was so sweet that her teacher from school (not daycare) came to visit her at home. As far as the daycare, we are learning, much to our horror, that not one adult knows what actually happened on the playground, which tells us that there was no adult supervision when she had such a terrible fall to suffer such extensive nerve damage to her left arm and dislocate her elbow. My son has repeatedly asked them and they can give no answers, so it appears no one was even outside with the children when the accident happened!!! They allowed much older children out with the much younger children. Scarlett is telling us that they were playing cheerleader and that she was not on the monkey bars, as we first thought. So, we can only assume, as we do not want to keep questioning our granddaughter when she is trying to recover from surgery, but that possibly the older children were attempting to throw her up in the air as cheerleaders do and she just dropped on the ground. Then maybe another older child pulled her up by her arm that was broken and dislocated her elbow, which now has two pins in it, and one is so very close to the nerve, and may affect the use of her pinky finger. We are so distraught about the thought of her not ever regaining full use of her left arm. It is not paralyzed or anything and she will be able to use it some, but maybe not be able to stretch it out like she would want to do. So, needless to say we feel our trust has been betrayed by those my son had entrusted his children to care for them and protect them. We understand that accidents do happen, but there is no excuse, at least in my eyes, for not one adult to know what happened out there on that playground!

      I appreciate your concern and prayers.

      Thank you for voting this hub up and more. You're the best. Please know just how valuable you are in His eyes, more than the rarest of gems of this planet. Always require full respect from any man and if he does not respect you as he should, then my advice (which is not worth two cents), just send him on his way.

      Hugs and much love to you, and I pray you find that true happiness in this life to bring you smiles each and every day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cynthia,

      So glad for your visit as always, and I do love that song you are speaking of ... and that would have been perfect to add to this hub here.

      I appreciate you kind comments.

      Hugs and much love to you always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how very beautiful, North Wind!!!

      Wow, what a beautiful truth you have left here in your profound comment. Yes, you are indeed so right, in that happiness is fleeting but that joy, the joy that is found when we place our hope in the Lord is where true happiness is found, as you have stated and it is unending!

      Thank you for pointing us to the source of true joy and everlasting happiness!!! Your comment was needed at the precise time it popped in here.

      God bless you precious heart. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi suzette,

      Wow, thank you so much. I appreciate such wonderful comments coming from you... one who is such an amazing writer all around no doubt!

      You're the best!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Molly,

      Oh, I am so glad to see you here this day! I sure have been missing you, but I do love it so when you do arrive on the scene whether in commenting or with one of your most brilliant writes!

      I am glad you shared that with me, as that is a good way to look at it, and it does really help one's perspective on things much better, it seems.

      Thank you for your insight as to taking care and resting myself. Yes, I hear you sweetie. You are so right. When we do not take care of ourselves, then we are of no use whatsoever to anyone else!

      Thank you for your prayers, as they are most appreciated.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Dearest Sister in Christ and Daughter of the King, Lori (lambservant),

      I believe you and I, both, are experiencing much of the same here of late, for what you have expressed here so genuinely, is exactly what prompted me to attempt to get out on this page what has been in my heart and I know I did not get it all out in the manner in which it needed to come out, but this is how it came out.

      I do hear you, precious heart, about that painful place, as I know of this place you speak of, as we are both a child of God, and we do know His truth without a doubt, about the joy that is found in Him and Him alone. And I, like you, would so desperately love to serve Him in the manner in which He would have me to serve Him, and to do such, we must make ourselves available to Him, hence comes the painful part ... for He knows our hearts and we cannot hide anything from Him, nor is He shocked about anything.

      For me, knowing that He desires for us to be hot (on fire for Him), not lukewarm, and that He'd rather us be cold, than luke warm in serving Him, is what brings on the Oscar performance you speak of here, in our attempting to be on fire for our sweet Lord, as that is our true desire. Then we get side-swiped by those worldly things and tend to slowly put Him to the side, when all the while, we know this and hence it seems, out of nowhere, comes that painful place .

      We must be mindful, as you have stated here, that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us. We must tap into that resurrection power, that same power that raised Him from the dead, is available to us if we just tap into that power!

      As far as depression, we know who it is who whispers those false imaginations in our ears and we need to be mindful to not listen to him, for I truly believe, just the opposite of what we may be thinking right now, we must be doing something right, and that is when the enemy will come on us full force to get our eyes off of Christ. So let us keep looking up to the One in whom we find our strength and hope and be still and take a moment to go to that quiet place and spend time with our sweet Lord and ask that the Holy Spirit fill us back to overflowing, and He will!

      I am so thankful that He is not finished with me yet, for I know I have a very long way to go yet to get where He would have me to be, and I am so grateful, as you remind here, that God is a God of second, third and fourth... and so on, chances.

      For me, when I go, even just one day, without getting into His Word, I can tell a big difference in my day. Remember His word is the sword of spirit, that double-edge sword (pure truth), which cuts through the lies of the enemy. So, we must be mindful to put on that full armor of God each morning and each day!

      I am going to be in fervent prayer for you, precious daughter of the King, about all you have poured out here from your loving heart, and remember He knows your every care, thought and concern, and He wants nothing but that joy in our lives from having that personal relationship with Him.

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      wow.. Faith .. reading that was so beautiful.. I am speechless at your words of full loving praise of the One , "his word is the sword of spirit" you are the daughter of the One .. so faithful to yourself ..where he resides in your heart .

      Now Faith ..listen carefully ..

      GO TO BED and Get some rest..!!!!

      I am worried about you trying to please to many hubbers .. plus worried about your own family . You need rest so forget about others for a while and go take care of your own .!

      I will keep you in my prayers .. for the Lord to take care of you ..dearest, and let your mind rest .. PLEASE.. for your own health.!

      Love and Hugs Faith .

      Michael

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The poem is beautiful and your thoughts about smiles are very interesting, Faith. I'm sorry about your husband's and granddaughter's pain, and for yours as well.

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Positive vibes go a long way to healing, and what could be more positive than smiling and knowing, believing in your heart of hearts that things will get better.

      As others have said take good care of your self, your family needs you to be strong for them. Rest, think positive and He will take care of the rest :)

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      You are such a positive person. Rest now. Martin's smile is now confinedl

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Michael,

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments once again, you are very kind. I am fine and all are healing, and placed in God's hands, including myself. When others take the time to comment, I receive a blessing and it is a joy to comment back to their comments, as part of the HP community.

      Have a good day at back-to-school and studying once again.

      Take care and God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      Always so great to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much for your kind comments as to this hub, and your well wishes for all. All are healing and in His hands.

      Hugs and blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Rosemary,

      So glad for your visit here and thank you for your kind words and well wishes for all concerned. Yes, He will heal and all will be just fine.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mh,

      So glad for your visit and the smiles! : )

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi all, my granddaughter is up and moving around and doing so well this day! She may even get to start real school (kindergarten) on Thursday, after her doctor appointment tomorrow. So thank you for all the prayers and she seems to be healing fine with just a bit of swelling. The full use of her arm will be told in time. So my smile is back full force this day!

      God bless you all, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      great news ..Faith .. :)))

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Faith -- the poetry side very moving.. I knew you had it in you..bravo... I guess part of smiles is in its appearance.. didn't know the facts about people who smile a lot.. learn something new everyday .. from the outside looking in I thought smiley people were just happy period.. I guess the mask we wear is its own catalyst .. and im glad all is well up there and hope you just continue to faithfully smile.. even if it is beneath a mask :) my heart is still out there for you and yours Bless you :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Frank,

      I am glad you found the poetry very moving and thanks for the bravo : ) See there, I am still smiling (a true smile). I am smiling this day as I learned my granddaughter is moving about this day and may even start real school (kindergarten) on Thursday, after seeing what the doctor says tomorrow, Wednesday! However, the full use of her arm will be told in the future, and so I am placing my full trust and faith in the Lord and know all will be fine.

      I was reminded that is exactly from where our true joy in life is found in Him and that personal relationship.

      So, no more masks to hide the pain, just have to let all the pain out in front of the whole world... kidding. Even through those trials in life, we are able to have that joy of the Lord, no matter come what may. When it comes to children, I do have such a soft spot for them, especially when I know they are hurting.

      Those are interesting facts about happy people. And I actually had believed a couple of the myths, myself.

      That is a really sweet thing to say about your heart "being out there for me and my family" ...aw

      God bless you.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lovely....uplifting...and oh so true! you have captured it so well! up++

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Randi (btrbell),

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leaving such wonderful comments.

      I appreciate the vote up and more

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Dear Faith,

      I am so happy to hear that your granddaughter is feeling better! I hope that she can indeed start kindergarten soon! I am sure she must be eager to start and meet new friends!

      I pray that she will recover full motion of her arm!

      Keep smiling and have a wonderful day :-)

      Joelle

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Joelle (kidscrafts),

      I appreciate your kind words and well wishes here.

      Have a lovely day as well, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Dear Faith, I appreciate your valuable advice, care and concern for my family and me. You are a beautiful person with a good heart. Thanks for taking the time to reply to my email. I am glad that your husband is feeling a lot better. Again, I am sorry to hear about your granddaughter. It must have been scary for you as well as for the rest of your family when you first learned about her fall. She is so young to have surgery, but my prayers are with you during these difficult moments. That is terrible news.. No adult supervision whatsoever. They are keeping their mouths shut because they know that they could be liable for damages. Just leaving the kids there unsupervised whether it was intentional or not is very negligent from their part.

      I am glad that you had a good relationship with your mother. I am sorry to hear that your mother suffered from dementia. I didn't know about this. I will go back to your hubs to read more about it. I do know that you suffered from breast cancer and that God healed you because of your strong faith in him.

      Your dad sounds just like mine. Both my mother and father are strong disciplinarians so their way of expressing their love was to provide us with everything we needed and and pay for my entire university education. They've done a lot for me and I do appreciate it, but as far as expressing their love for me through kind words and gestures no. I've never felt heard nor understood by neither one of them. I've learned to accept it and finally move on with my life. As far as my mother's health, you are right. We are both doing the best we can. My brother is a doctor so he helps out too but on the weekend. Thanks for your kind words to me. I appreciate you. I hope that you have a wonderful days. I really do hope that the doctor gives you the great news and that your granddaughter can start kindergarten soon.

      Love and Blessings. Doc

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor),

      You are welcome, but as I stated I am certainly not any type of professional in these areas of concern. Yes, God did heal me of breast cancer in 2011 no doubt one bit. I wrote a bit about my mother during the trying months on my way to see her on the Veterans Day Holiday, where angels had intervened on my behalf on my trip across state lines and throughout the whole trip there, and then just a bit about her death when I was writing a hublove at Christmas to other hubbers and right in the middle she went on to heaven. I did not write much on her dementia though, but did as relates to the fact that scientists have even discovered that those who pray, it actually helps to stave off Alzheimer's disease, and wrote about that issue.

      My family were of meager means, only having my dad's military retirement and my mother was a librarian in her younger years, and then was home with us as children. So, my siblings and I had to pretty much fend for ourselves in this world and we all have done just fine.

      Yes, precious heart, we all need to hear those words of love, especially "I love you" and feel those hugs.

      Wow, that is great about your brother being a doctor. Maybe homehealth can come in every now and then just to give you a bit of relief.

      I will be in prayer about all of this. Well, there is One who truly loves you for just who you are no doubt! And I will say, I love you too as Christ loves and I am sending a gentle hug out to you this day.

      Love and Blessings to you too, Faith

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      A truly inspriational hub. We have decorated our living room with masks as a reminder of their exsitence.. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jamie,

      So great to see you here stopping by to read. Thank you so much. Wow, how very interesting indeed!

      Bless you, Faith Reaper

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      lambservant 3 years ago

      It's so interesting how your hub has touched so many people. So many people, Christians as much as anyone, are hurting and the Holy Spirit used you to tap into that and allow us a time to share and lift each other up.

      Father, we praise you that we need not suffer alone, that there is hope in you, that we can trust you. Help us Lord to wait on you patiently and with expectancy. Deliver us and forgive us for our tendency to worry and lean on our own understanding. We cry out to You, mighty God, and give you glory and thanks for holding us in the palm of your hand. There is no one like you. Help us to encourage one another, and remember that we can come boldly before your throne of grace and find help in times of trouble.

      Amen.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Dear Faith, Thanks for opening up and sharing with me too. I appreciate your kind words and advice even though as you mentioned that you are not a professional. I hope you don't think I was using you as a sounding board. LOL kidding. I could relate to your hub on masks and I guess I got a little bit carried away. On a serious note, prayer is powerful. I believe in angels too. My birthday is on September so my guardian angel is St. Michael, the archangel. I've called on him a few times in this past year.

      I believe that I started following your work right at that time when your mother was ill. Sorry to hear that she had dementia and that she passed away at 84. It's good to know that your mother was sweet and kind and that you had a good mother and daughter relationship with her. It really does make a difference. Yes, dealing with a family member with dementia is a challenge especially with someone like my mother who is so stubborn and set in her ways. I have already let everything go between me and her. At this point, it doesn't really matter. It is what it is. You have to love and accept people for who they are, they are not going to change unless they choose to do so. And once you understand that, your relationship with other people does become easier. Thank you for being so sweet to me. It's hard to find people like you these days especially having met on the Internet. Again, thank you for the hugs and prayers. I will keep you in mine too. Hugs and Love from sunny Florida. I am not from Georgia. LOL. left you a reply on franks' hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene,

      I saw your comment on the other hub and responded : ) I was just wondering, but I knew you are now from Florida, but did not know back when. I grew up in Georgia.

      You are so right, about not being able to change people (and I need to be mindful of such of people in my life), and it is up to them to change if they so choose, but if not, then we must accept them as they are for sure. Prayer is so very effective, and God can change hearts no doubt!

      Thank you for the prayers. I am blessed to know you via HP. I miss Debbie here.

      Hugs and love to you too, and I hope the rest of your day is wonderful,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Amen! Thank you dearest lambservant! What a beautiful prayer of praise. I know, and I almost did not even write it. It was just an out-of-blue thing that came into my mind, but you are right, the Holy Spirit came on me in my time of pain and the words came out and I had not even been intending to write anything at the time! Yes, we can come boldly to His throne!!!

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith reaper,

      Just received notification of your marvelous Hub Article.

      Firstly, since I heard through the grapevine a few days ago, I have prayed for your Husband, that he makes a full recovery from his recent knee operation, and that there are no further complications, because you have so much on your plate already to deal with, and more pressingly, that your little Angel's broken wing makes a full and complete recovery - my Faith in God tells me why these things should not come to pass.

      And the smile.....the first postcard sent by love? A curve to cleave the heart of a most fortunate audience? A boomerang, that's returned by the viewer? All of these, surely, and more.....the facade of an aching and troubled heart; the happy, silent witness to inner tumult no one can possibly understand; displays of affection whilst concealing pain...

      A wonderful portrayal of happiness, which takes me to ' The Beatitudes ', to fully disclose what she truly is.

      Do not worry precious Faith...

      1Peter 5:7 " Cast all your anxiety on Him, for he cares for you."

      Your smile could launch a thousand ships, even on a bad day.

      Take care, don't neglect your diet and sleep ( I know, it's not easy ).

      Thinking of you, and your nearest and dearest at this trying time.

      With My Warmest Regards,

      R.Q.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos Q,

      So wonderful for your visit as always!

      Thank you so much for your prayers. All are healing very well, and I will trust in the Lord God concerning my granddaughter regaining full use of her left arm! Praise Him!

      Wow, only a true poet of poets could leave such a lovely comment such as you have here. I appreciate that specific scripture, and I should have thought of it myself!!! But alas, He wanted you to remind me this particular scripture.

      Today has been a much brighter day. And you have left me here with a big smile on my face this day.

      Thank you for such kindness in your comments here and I do so appreciate you taking the time to read and leave such wonderful and beautiful comments to all.

      God bless. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Dear Faith, this is an amazing piece. Your poetry so lovely and all the more amazing because of what's going on in your life right now!

      We find true happiness in loving and giving.

      Scarlett is in our prayers for a speedy and complete recovery. Didn't know about your hubby but will add him also.

      To add to the lovely scriptures here, Psalm 30:2

      O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Mary (till),

      So wonderful to see you here this day, and any day for that fact! Oh, bless you, precious heart, for the lovely comments.

      Yes, loving and giving selflessly is the key!

      Thank you so much for your prayers, and I wanted you to know that you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers too. I appreciate you so much and for taking the time out away from your precious family to read and comment.

      What I have found so amazing here, is that normally in my hubs I include appropriate scripture as pertains to the subject, and I did not really do so in this hub here, but so many here, in leaving their comments, have done just that, just as you have! And now, in reflecting, I believe that is how it must have been meant to be, for each scripture others and you have shared here with me, has blessed me beyond measure.

      This is the reason I really love this community here so very much, as they really do give selflessly to each other and love on each other it seems when it is needed.

      I am claiming the scripture you have included in your comment for healing all around, and so it will be so!!!

      I appreciate the votes up.

      God bless you and yours. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

      I am smiling ... a true smile, and thank you lovely one.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, How is Scarlet? I've been thinking about your precious five year old granddaughter. My prayers are with you. I really do hope she doesn't lose mobility of her left arm. Blessings. Doc

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Happiness is so relative. The song of a bird, the tinkling of a glass mobile, a smile from a stranger. I call it mood music.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      Oh, how delightful. What a lovely comment, yes, it is those very little things that bring joy to the heart indeed!

      I love that ... mood music.

      So glad for your visit here this day, and I hope you are listening to a lot of mood music.

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Marlene (lovedoctor),

      I am sorry, I almost did not see you there!!! Thank you for stopping by to check in on little Miss Scarlett. We just got a call that the doctor said she was healing as she should and she was even cleared to start real kindergarten this day! And her mom said she had the happiest day at school! That just makes my heart sing for her little sweet self.

      Her real teacher (not the daycare ones) is the sweetest thing, and I may have already said this, for she came to visit Scarlett yesterday at their house to check on her, so we feel her teacher will be sure she is okay around the other children with her arm and such.

      Time will tell about regaining full use of her arm, but so far so good! I am praying so hard each day for that little girl.

      Thank you again for praying. You are such a sweetheart.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, I just logged on to check my comments. It's good to hear that Scarlet is healing. That is great news. I'm sure her mother is ecstatic that she was cleared to start school today. God always answers your prayers, I have faith that she will regain full use of her arm. I'm sure that you feel relieved as well. Yes, you did mention last night that her teacher came to visit her. that is really kind of her to do. Take very good care my friend. Hugs and Blessings. Marlene

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much, Marlene,

      You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you are doing well also. Praying for all ... you, your mother and dad too.

      Hugs and love always, Faith Reaper

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      Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

      Faith,

      Happiness and sadness are two faces of a coin. Existence of one depends on existence of other. My favorite one liner about happiness is you have to be happy with what you have and not with what you want.

      I loved your poems. I also liked the use of media on this hub.

      Cheers

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vinaya,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read and leave such thought-provoking comments! That is a great one-liner there and it reminds me of the scripture that really says the same thing about being happy in all circumstances whether well fed or not.

      I am glad you loved the poems, which really was one long one divided between the masks. I especially love the masks, which I added for drama. The video was so appropriate to go along with the mask and the smiles behind the pain, so that is why I was happy to include it here specifically.

      Hope your day is full of beauty and happiness,

      Faith Reaper

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Hi Faith, Hope all is well. Thank you for your care and concern. I appreciate it. Have a peachy day. LOL.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweetie (Marlene aka lovedoctor),

      Yes, precious heart, all is just peachy as ever this beautiful day. : ) God is good.

      Thank you so much for your prayers. Hehehe, yes, it was just peachy as ever LOL ... which reminds me, I must go and comment on that other hub of you know who ... LOL We know he doesn't mind us intruding on his hub space : )

      I hope you are having a great sunny day and all is well with you too!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Faith Reaper, I needed to read these words tonight! Thanks! It isn't that I do not agree or that I have believed in myths, but that I sort of needed the reminder that it's okay to giveyself permission to give into the pain or discouragement temporarily because I honestly never lose hope or faith. Life is beautiful and to become numb in order to blo,k out those trying to discredit me is simply not an option. I love to seek out the positive people and hope to be that person for others, but in all honesty, earlier tonight somw things happened that almost had me questioning what actual value might be in that other than some sort of selfish motive. And then I thougjt about how we are promised joy and my joy in the small interactions with others and in hoping to spread it is not wrong. And then I read this..... :-)

      I read somewhere you are experiencing hard times. Please know I am praying for you, beautiful soul.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      You have been in my thoughts and prayers of late, sweetie. I am so glad you are here.

      I am so glad you needed these words here this night. I do not even know from where these words came as I was not even intending to write and then all this came out here, and now I am glad I went ahead and had written them out.

      Yes, I have to remind myself a lot too, sweetie, that it is very much okay to let it all out and allow the pain to show for He truly knows your heart and holds every tear, and although there is pain, which is inevitable living in this brutal world, we can still never, as you say, lose hope or faith for a brighter tomorrow.

      That true joy found only in that personal relationship with Him is what does it for me, and without it, it would be so difficult to get through even one day of this life here.

      I am so glad you seek out positive people as they are contagious and uplift one's spirits. I love to laugh a lot, and even at myself, so I am laughing a lot. LOL

      Oh, no, it surely is wonderful to spread a little joy to others, so spread away, that is a blessing to others when one does such.

      Thank you for your lovely comments here, which have placed a smile on my face ... see there you go! Oh, sweetie, I am fine, just a bit of pain in my heart about my precious little granddaughter, but she is doing just fine this day and healing each day. I just know in my heart she will be healed completely. I had a few sleepless nights as it seems things in life tend to hit us all at once, and I am no stranger to such.

      Thank you for your prayers and please know you are in my prayers and thoughts each day. You are such a strong and beautiful person, and I praise Him for you and that He is allowing me to know you via HP!

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I am guilty of sometimes I think I'll be happy when I reach my writing goals, when my mortgage is paid off, etc . . . . I need to enjoy the process more. I way too often hide behind a brave smile. Enjoyed this read. :-)

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      This is awesome. A wonderful piece of work that l need to put into practise myself.

      I have been very negative since a massive upheavel in my life 3 years ago.

      I will read this again and again till my brain gets the message.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You couldn't know it beforehand, of course, but Faith, you have channeled my lifelong philosophy concerning positive attitude and happiness right here in this perfect hub. My predominant message to others in every speech, presentation or coaching session I conduct includes those two factors. Happiness is indeed a journey, not a destination and a smile is the shortest distance between two ... people. Thank you for this lovely message of endorsement. Voted up, y'know.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very nice faithreaper tell me about those covered up smiles when all the while your heart is aching inside. I have a new friend here by the name of jnn wht please follow her she now started off doesn't have a hub up yet .

      Thanks :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Victoria Lynn,

      So nice for your visit here! Oh, me too, and I actually believe a couple of those myths myself. Yes, as far as hiding behind a brave smile, I believe a lot of us do so, and I can see how smiling and/or laughing is so good for our health all around. We should all enjoy more of the process when attaining all of goals no doubt.

      I am so glad you enjoyed this hub.

      Hugs, Faith Reapr

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I finally found my happiness after a few years living in a foreign country and now I never stop showing my true smile, it is so important to smile and feel good. During my school years my friends used to call me smiley

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      You are so strong and incredibly sweet. I've said before that I love your user name. It's so appropriate and suits you. Faith is a beautiful thing to both reap and sew.

      I think happiness is very much a choice to make. It is so much more than emotions of the moment, but a hope in the future and, for me, Christ.

      For me, I rarely let the true deprh of any pain show to anyone. For many reasons, but one being they seem almost trival after the fact even if the emotions are intense and real to me in the moment. And if it becomes a comparison as to who has had more or less trivial experience, it sort of undermines sharing burdens with friends. I don't want to be a burden, I'd rather offer support to others. That brings me true joy. I love to laugh, too.

      I just have challenges, if that is the word, that cause me to sometimes second guess myself in desiring to spend so much time reaching out to others ans dwveloping those relationships or in laughing and joking....almost seems selfish. So anyway, not sure if that clarified anything I wrote earlier. Lol

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      You are so strong and incredibly sweet. I've said before that I love your user name. It's so appropriate and suits you. Faith is a beautiful thing to both reap and sew.

      I think happiness is very much a choice to make. It is so much more than emotions of the moment, but a hope in the future and, for me, Christ.

      For me, I rarely let the true deprh of any pain show to anyone. For many reasons, but one being they seem almost trival after the fact even if the emotions are intense and real to me in the moment. And if it becomes a comparison as to who has had more or less trivial experience, it sort of undermines sharing burdens with friends. I don't want to be a burden, I'd rather offer support to others. That brings me true joy. I love to laugh, too.

      I just have challenges, if that is the word, that cause me to sometimes second guess myself in desiring to spend so much time reaching out to others ans dwveloping those relationships or in laughing and joking....almost seems selfish. So anyway, not sure if that clarified anything I wrote earlier. Lol

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dim,

      So great to see you here! Thank you for the awesome, I appreciate that so much. However, I am so sorry to hear of your massive upheaval three years ago, sweetie.

      I will pray for you to find peace and happiness, for this life is so very short, and we truly must find a way to find it each day. I know that looking back and thinking about how we should have done something different does not help, but only in the sense to learn from and move on. Then when we may be afraid of the unknown as to or future, does no good either, but causes us much anxiety. So, I have learned to live just in the very present day and try to find happiness in each day.

      God tells us this very thing in His Word.

      And, in doing so, there is much peace to be found : )

      Again, I am so sorry for what you have had to go through, for I know this life can be so very brutal at times no doubt about. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow drbj!!!

      It is always a joy when you stop by to read and especially when you always leave such wonderful comments, and when such comments add much to the subject of this hub here! I am so humbled by your comments.

      Thank you for sharing with me about such, and I am not surprised in the least, from reading your truly engaging hubs that are always sure to bring a smile and laugh, which are so good for the soul no doubt!

      It seems I am so behind in my commenting and reading here on HP, that I have much to catch up on. I did not get home until after 9:00 p.m. last night and woke at the crack of dawn yesterday to get back to work after being off a bit to care for my husband.

      However, it was a blessing, as I was able to stop on my way home from work to visit with my grands who bring me much joy and to see my sweet little injured one, who is healing just fine! So, I have much to smile about. I do know, that even when all seems bleak, if I choose to look for something to be thankful for, I am always blessed for I find there is always much to be thankful for, in lieu of focusing on the other.

      Thank you for placing a big smile on my face this day.

      Have a lovely weekend full of joy and happiness,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      So nice to see you here! I do know you know exactly about those smiles that hide the pain sweetie. I would love to find your friend you speak of and when that friend writes a hub, I will surely check her writing out!

      I am so sorry to be so behind on my commenting this day. Trying to catch up and I will check out your new friend

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi smiley aka DDE!

      Aw, now ... that is so sweet and thank you for sharing about your living in another country and finding happiness, and I do remember reading about such in your wonderful hubs!

      You truly do have a most beautiful smile, which is contagious and makes all smile, especially when I see you pop in here and see that lovely smiling face, instantly brings a smile to my face.

      I see where you have a new hub, so I will be your way shortly after getting caught up here in commenting. I was not able to get on HP last night, as I was so worn out from the day.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dearest Shan,

      Thank you, and you are such a wise, compassionate person. And, yes, we most certainly reap what we have sown no doubt!

      Wow, your comments here add so much wise input to this hub here, so thank you again!

      I can so relate, as I look back at the things that I used to get so bent out of shape about and realize now, there was nothing to truly get bent out of shape about, and that is all part of becoming mature, and for me too, mature in my relationship with our sweet Lord. I remember back to those teenage years and even just 15 years or so, and thinking of how the smallest of things would just feel like the end of the world to me then. I can laugh at that now, and I truly pray that teenagers, especially, would realize that what they may deem as "their world is over" most of such things, once they mature and look back will not even had matter in their life. Now, I would not want to be a teenager in this world today, for they are dealing with a lot of stuff that I did not have to deal with no doubt, although I did have plenty of trials to go through back then.

      As you have stated here too, and for me, it is the same, my relationship with our sweet Lord has made all the difference in just how I look at the trials in my life, which are ever-increasing and harder than any ever before, but I can now find such peace, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding.

      For if I had cancer or those large blood clots in my lungs, let's just say, maybe even just 15 years ago, I would have flipped out about it, but now after having been through so many trials and maturing in my faith and placing it all in His hands, I can deal with such news as cancer and such other trials, all the while ....still having peace about whatever.

      The one area that still gets to me, is when it comes to small children being in pain, hurt or harmed, as that really causes me much grief in my heart and so I must remind myself to place them in His loving hands and trust that all will be okay, come what may. The sooner we figure out that we out not in control, then that sweet surrender happens, then comes that peace.

      Please know you are always in my thought and prayers. I know you are such a strong person, who knows of His great love for you, and that is the most important thing to actually know. And by you being able to smile through your pain and still able to love on others, is a powerful testimony!

      Tons of hugs and love going out to you this day.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Haha. I wrote sew, but why not sew it too? It is hard to write with a phone. Lol I do not consider myself all that wise. I just observe and form thoughts ans ideas and faitb has always been a stronghold in my life. Bless you,too!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Shan,

      Oh, believe it or not, I have just now gotten a smart phone, lol, and on my lunch breaks I try to comment a bit, and then when I go back, I do not even know what I did LOL Those phones are so very sensitive and when one is in a hurry .... well! Do not even give it a second thought sweetie.

      I am so glad to know about your strong faith, as it truly makes a huge difference in one's life no doubt about that fact!

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA to have a beautiful day, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Blessings precious sister. I can not believe it my stable computer JK lost the first comment to you. Darn, it was a good one too. JK. Here I go again. Devil will not keep me down.

      Well girl friend you have done it again. You have an evergreen hub here. The pictures (thank you Jackie) are lovely. Like wow she is so talented. I love how you laid this out and in the middle placed the poll. Clever woman you are.

      Mostly what I love is your faith darling sister. You are precious indeed. Happiness is a by product of our character which you exquisitely display in your heart. Many define happiness based on accumulation of things or goals. That is all good but it goes much deeper. I know when I am down and out when I smile and I do not want too I know it is a fake so to speak. Sometimes I wish I could stop and wail but I keep going because I know as much as happiness is fleeting so is pain. I smile under the mask at the time kind of like fake it until you make it. God will shine through and the pain will pass. Situation may remain the same for a time but His promises are true. Seek Him first. Matthew 6:32 He will give us peace in times of trouble. He will meet our needs.

      Happiness is a gift from God. No one can truly be happy without Him. Our flesh can not attain happiness, not lasting anyway. It will always be so what can make me happy next?

      I adore you faith reaper. You tackled a huge topic with eloquence and truth. Good job faithful servant. You have come a long way baby. Keep going share the truth and God love you sister. Hugs your way girl friend. May the favor and grace of Christ abound on you and yours today and always.

      Love, Skye

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Skye,

      Always a blessing to see you! I do hate that when my computer does that too. I appreciate you coming back to comment and glad it stuck this time!!!

      I am way behind in commenting and just saw your wonderful write way back in my emails that are piled up for pages and pages!!!

      Oh, yes, Jackie, my sweetest southern friend is such a gifted photographer and writer of course, and so generous as to give her friends some of her photography to use as they so please. She is a blessing to me and many! I am trying to use as many photographs by Jackie as I can in my hubs.

      I think we can smile behind the pain for those of us who place our full hope, faith and trust in the Lord, knowing He works all things out for our good, no matter what!

      Plus He does tell us in His Word that we will face many trials of many kinds, so we really should not be surprised when they arrive, and they will arrive, as I know you know all too well dearest sister.

      Aw, thank you so much for such wonderful comments here, which have blessed me this day. Keep on fighting that good fight of faith dearest Skye.

      I appreciate the vote and share.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Your poem is lovely, even though it depicts a sadness of spirit. I have been in this place before and it is a lonely avenue. All of us at times tend to show one face outwards while beneath we are masking our true feelings. Happiness comes from facing our storms and growing through the pain. Thanks for the inspiration today.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest teaches,

      So great to see you this day! I have been missing you, but I am glad you are here now. I pray all is well with you.

      Yes, it is through the storms in this life, we grow and mature and learn from where our true happiness comes and, for me, it is knowing Him and having that personal relationship with our sweet Lord God.

      Then, when that is the case, we can smile through our pain. At least that is what I am attempting to convey here, and we all have those days where we may put on those masks to hide our pain.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get over here. I'm glad I did, though!

      Before I even commented, I went over to my hub on happiness, and linked this to it. Thanks for linking mine, it's much appreciated!

      Wow, it is perfect timing that we made hubs on a similar topic at almost the same time.

      This is absolutely beautiful. The poem is hauntingly pretty. I especially love the part, "Envy not, her life, for she has gone through much to appreciate it", as well as the lines that are similar to it. Just last night I was talking to Andy about happiness, and I mentioned that there seem to be more than one type of happiness: the kind that seems effortless most of the time, because life is going the way you want it to. And the kind where circumstances change, and you have to really try to be happy, and do things to keep your mood uplifted. He stated that the kind of happiness that is more effortless is often a result of a lot of work to make it that way. I thought it was a very insightful comment, although I pointed out that even those types of happiness can be unraveled easily. But in that case, you just have to work hard again to bring your life to that point. But fortunately, we can be happy from the small things, even if it takes a bit more effort.

      You truly are an inspiration, Faith. I read through this twice, I am going to share this here and on Facebook, and I am going to bookmark this for my own sake.

      Before I leave, of course, I want to see how you're doing. I have read many of the comments, and now I see why you are so upset. It's awful that your granddaughter had a nasty fall, and had to have surgery at such a young age. The thought of a five year old going through that is heart-wrenching, and it's terrible that no one could say what actually happened. I hope she gets better, and that she will have full use of her arm in the future. Sometimes doctors are wrong, and people do better than expected. I feel for you and your family, Faith.

      I also hope that your husband's knee is doing well. That must have been a difficult thing to go through, as well.

      My thoughts are with you and your family, Faith, and thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      Just want to say, it is very beautiful faith and speaks the truth.

      Voted up and more. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kathryn,

      So lovely to see you here this day precious heart! Oh, sweetie, no apologies necessary. I know how there is much going on in all of our lives at the moment. Thank you for linking this hub here to your most wonderful hub on happiness. Yes, I have noticed many times that a lot of writers seem to be in synch in their writings as to what has been going on their lives to inspire hubs on the same topics!

      I appreciate your most generous comments here. Yes, I believe Andy's comment was so very insightful, dear heart. Wow, thank you for sharing on FB and bookmarking, how very kind of you to do so!

      Oh... all are doing well, much better as each day passes as to all the healing going on. Thank you for asking. I truly believe God will heal my granddaughter completely and she will not lose full use of her left arm, I really do believe that deep in my heart and praise Him in advance for doing so. My husband is recovering very well from the minor surgery on his knee, but it will be an ongoing issue as far as the third degree arthritis, but hopefully when he begins to receive those "gel" shots in his knee, that pain will subside a bit.

      Always remember just how beautiful you are and that you are more valuable than the rarest of gems of this planet, please know this truth.

      Have a lovely week too.

      (((Hugs))) and much love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet ignugent,

      So wonderful to see you here reading and leaving such lovely comments, as always.

      Hugs to you and yours, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sooo... was online trying to put together another post and seen that notification and said to my self ..Hmmm I said ..Self . you should go over to look at Tree and see that beautiful smile of hers... that twinkle in her eye and maybe you will be inspired again.. then I said to myself ... "self, that is a great idea ..and if she does not answer at least you got to see those sweet ,sweet, pictures of her smile ..When I said to myself .. wow you are pretty smart self..if I say so myself.

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Sooo...I was online too catching up on commenting as I arrived home so very late from work, but I did just see this one pop in and I said to "self" ... go and see what "stick" : ) (should have never told me) has to say this lovely evening ... oh, just being his normal poetic self : )

      Yes, "self" you are a clever one indeed!

      Hugs, Faithful "Tree"

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Soo .. I was asked to write something.. for a woman to have sweet dreams with .. as she was going to bed .

      .I will share it with you .

      .

      Good night ..Sweet Princess..

      dream of the words ...I will write for you

      with a smile on your face ..when you awake

      knowing that I am close ..in spirit

      may the angels watch over you

      as the planets swirl above ..

      bringing the energy of the universe

      to your mind..

      and the love from my heart

      to your soul ..

      my tender flower

      Michael

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you, oh gifted one, who shares his gifts to bless others and bring many smiles.

      I was about to come to your page to see if you had published anything : )

      Thank you for making a Monday, a beautiful day!

      I am always in awe how such beauty just flows right on out of you ... you poet you!

      Sweet dreams, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Sweet Dreams ... lovely Tree

      tomorrow is another day for thee

      up at dawn

      with a smile on your face

      makes me wonder

      how you keep that pace

      love for all .. you never waver

      and helping others .. is your favor

      so sleep tonight.. sweet dreams to see

      from this poem.... for you from me !

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you sweet poet...

      I needed this tender write after just reading your burst of fieriness you just published...whoa there!

      I love it and thank you for sharing your lovely gift of poetry right here in a comment : )

      You're the best!

      Sweet dreams,

      Faithful "Tree" : )

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Faith,

      This is an incredible hub: beautiful and provocative. I love the images you chose and the video. How nice to show a bilingual video--just another example of your thoughtfulness. Voted Up/Shared. There are so many who need to hear this message.

      Much Love to you,

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet Kim,

      So glad to see you hear this day as always! Wow, thank you for the generous comments. Yes, I just love that song by Casting Crowns and this particular video included the masks theme, so I went with it, and I am glad it had both English and Spanish language to spread the message even more so through the powerful video. You are the first to comment as to that aspect, so I appreciate that so much.

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      "It is okay to let some things go." --easier said than done Faith but I'll bear it mind.

      This is my first hub read after having been away for 13 days on HP. What a delightful and very enjoyable read. And the mask....I can honestly relate.

      Sharing and pinning.

      Love from the sky.~

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Cris,

      Welcome back from the sky! Always so lovely when you grace our pages, especially after you have been away for a bit.

      I am humbled that you have chosen this hub to read first. Thank you. I think right now I am putting on a brave smile for my sweet granddaughter to confirm He can heal and all is well.

      I appreciate the sharing and pinning.

      Hugs sweet sky,

      Faith Reaper

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      This is indeed the secret: "While suffering setbacks happy people always remain optimistic that things will get better."

      Inspiring hub! Thank you, Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there, lovely lady, Martie,

      So nice to have you stopping by here this day! I am so glad you found this hub to be inspiring.

      Yes, when we have that hope in our hearts for a brighter tomorrow, then this day is much better.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Faith,

      When I see someone who is bubbly all the time I wonder if they are hiding a deep hurt. Your beautiful and thoughtful poem reminds me of Billy Joel's song the stranger.

      "Well we all have a face

      That we hide away forever

      And we take them out and

      Show ourselves

      When everyone has gone

      Some are satin some are steel

      Some are silk and some are leather

      They're the faces of the stranger

      But we love to try them on"

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Sending my hugs and blessings

      Sue

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sue,

      Wow, thanks for the awesome comment here! Oh, that song is so spot on here and thanks for the reminder. I love Billy Joel, but have not listened to him in a great while, so now I have a desire to listen to some of his songs.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Hugs and blessings to you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sometimes I just leave a great hub on follow. Sure glad I did on this one. What wonderful friends you have. No wonder you smile and sleep so soundly.

      "if we can meet triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same" Kipling.

      I pray that your families health is becoming better. From my home to yours,

      e

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eric,

      Thank you so much for stopping by here this night! I appreciate the share of the great quote by Kipling.

      Oh, yes, all are very well. Granddaughter is healed and using her arm just fine ...the girls were up this weekend and hubby is well too! Praise Him! God is good. Friends are a blessing too.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Dear Faith,

      I completely agree with your every view here in this hub. Thank you for reconfirming my beliefs. And thus be it and I would like to follow as you have very aptly mentioned Ben Sweetland, "Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

      So i do hope that every new day brings much more reasons to be happy for you my friend. Take care

      Votes way up and shared as well.

      deergha

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Deergha,

      Thank you for reading and leaving such thoughtful comments here. Yes, each day brings much hope for new smiles, that one really does not need to hide behind any pain or mask.

      I appreciate the votes up and share.

      Hugs and love to you sweet friend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I wore a mask for many years. People just assumed I was happy all the time, but the truth is, I was often really sad. I just didn't want people to know it. I use to think that if people liked me more or treated me better then I would be happier. But, as I got older I realized, as you pointed out, that people will never make me happy. In fact, in order for me to be happy, I have to "choose" to be happy. So, that's what I do now - I choose to be happy no matter what's happening in my life.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Marlene,

      Thank you for sharing here. Yes, I believe we have all worn a mask at some point in our lives for whatever reason we felt we could not reveal our true selves and make the world see that everything is okay, when it really in fact was not the case. Yes, it was not until I was much older too that the Lord revealed to me that I was not living as He created me to be, as the person I am. And I heard Him and right then and there, I stopped hiding behind that mask and was able to truly smile no matter what trial I was going through, for we all do have many trials, but that is life, and we must trust Him that all will be okay and we will be a better person for going through such.

      Yes, I choose happy too, dear Marlene. You're the best and your comment has left a smile on my face this day. Thank you!

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      You are right. We need to be content with what we have, and grateful we have it. This will make us happy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for reading. Happiness to me is a daily choice. God tells us that we are to be content whether well fed or hungry ... no matter what is going on in our lives, as we know all things will work out in His perfect timing.

      God bless.

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      schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

      How much more could I add, but to just say how well expressed this is and how inspiring and true and right you are about happiness!!!

      The people in poor countries- you are so right- if only we could appreciate like them, perhaps having (things) is a burden for some at times

      Stay childlike at heart is a good idea I think

      BTW I've missed you and everyone!!!

      Rosey

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rosey,

      So wonderful to see you! I pray you are well. Thank you for reading and leaving most generous comments. Yes, truly those people and children in the poorest of countries seem to be so grateful and happy when here we are with so much, yet we are not happy until we attain more. At least that is where the culture seems to be heading, even more so each day.

      So true, when our hearts remain pure and filled with wonder at each day, despite our circumstances, we can be happy. God tells us in His Word that we are to be content whether well fed or hungry, which seems impossible. However, when we place our full trust in Him to provide, then we know His peace that passes all understanding, and believe His promises, life is so much better and we can appreciate the smallest things in this life, even being able to take one breath!

      Missed you too and will have to make it over to your side of HP Town.

      I still work in the city and have an hour commute each way, and so I'll be heading off to work and arriving home late, but will visit soon.

      God bless you

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I agree with what you've written and what is shared by the commenters above...there are a lot of myths around what happiness is and the people who appear to be experiencing it. I like your choice of the song "Stain Glass Masquerade"-- hadn't heard it before, but it is profound. Thank you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello techgran,

      I am so glad to see you stopping by to read and thrilled you agree with what is written here, as well as with the many comments shared.

      Oh, yes, I love that song, and thought it perfect for this video.

      God bless you

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa/Faith, this is sadly beautiful, behind the mask the smile that hides the tears. Voted up, ABI and will share.

      I think of the line from "I'll Do My Crying in the Rain" -- "Someday when my crying is done, I am gonna wear a smile and walk in the sun".

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Shyron,

      I am always so glad when you are able to stop by to read. I appreciate the vote up and more and share.

      You are always so kind and have a precious heart, so gentle and tender.

      That sounds like a lovely plan. It is okay to allow the tears to flow for He catches each one and knows about the why of each one too.

      Blessings, love and (((Hugs))) always

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      true, put on a fake smile, nobody knows the pain behind that smile

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi peachpurple,

      Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, there are a lot of people hurting, but we may never know because they put on a brave smile.

      Blessings

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Very positive and inspiring thoughts on happiness, thank you so much for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi VioletteRose,

      Thank you so much reading! I appreciate the kind comments.

      Blessings

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      People who smile can be hiding pain and still smiling, positively inspiring. Great write and thank you for sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Yes, that certainly is a true fact sadly a lot for many is the case. I am so happy you found this piece inspirational.

      Thank you so much for your generous and insightful comments.

      Blessings and peace

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Came by to share this beautiful article again. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

      ^+

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Oh, you are so sweet to come by and share this one again. Yes, I am having a restful day except for trying to decide how to finish up some hubs to publish before I drift off into oblivion on here LOL ... there goes that smile trying to hide my pain ...

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      Well, again, I believe I found this one for a purpose. God really does guide us along. He definitely puts my finger on the articles of yours I am supposed to read at a certain time Faith. Isn't he amazing!

      I never believed any of those myths, and I don't know how to explain if I'm that happy person you speak about. I think I'm the person I explained to Manatita, on the hub I wrote just a day ago, "Darkness and Death Surround Me." I think I know why I'm dark. I think I know why I fight death. I do smile through the pain a lot.

      I like billybuc's fact. I think he is a truly wise man. And I loved reading this hub at the perfect time for me. Thanks Faith! God Bless!

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      God surely does guide us, I believe that too. I agree 100% that He is certainly amazing indeed! It is funny how we are always drawn to a certain writing and then realize it is for good reason. I am so thrilled you were drawn to this particular hub.

      I understand what you are conveying here. I know I am one to always wear a smile even though it may be hiding pain in my life at the time. It seems it takes a lot more effort to wear a frown for me. Persons who a truly in tune with others just know the truth no matter if one is wearing a smile or not.

      Oh, I just put a link to billybuc there because that fact reminded me of him when I wrote this at the time for some reason. It is not really his fact though.

      I am thrilled you loved reading this hub and thank you for searching it out or being drawn to it.

      I am on my way to read your poem.

      God bless you real good too, dear Missy.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Faith, or saw Missy shared this so dropped in for a read. What a wonderful and hopeful hub. It is sometimes easier to hide behind a mask to hide the pain but you can only keep that up for so long. I love the list of facts and myths. Lovely hub that needs to keep being shared and read.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi John, so nice of you to drop in. Missy is wonderful to share. We never truly know what is going on behind a lovely smile. There could very well be a lot of pain. Yes, that's true it can only go on for so long before it crumbles. Although, I've known some to keep up the brave front for a lifetime. I'm glad you found this hub lovely. Blessings always

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      Shannon 21 months ago from Texas

      Needed this today! Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great poems.

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      Reynold Jay 21 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Lovely in every way. Love all your articles so very much..

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shan,

      I'm glad you found this one when you need it, sweetie.

      I pray all is well.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Thank you. You are so kind.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Reynold Jay,

      So nice to meet you. Thank you so much for your generous comment here. I am glad you have read my articles and commented here.

      Blessings always

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      Missy Smith 21 months ago from Florida

      Hey Faith. Yes, I see now I read that fact wrong. However, I still say billybuc is very wise, and that fact is very true.

      I often think how it would be if I reached a goal as being a successful writer; would I miss the thrill of the strive to get there? I think I would, because when you reach a goal, sometimes it's harder to keep up with expectations, and I don't like expectations in any form.

      It's no secret I struggle with keeping a happy aura radiating. Just tonight talking to another friend of mine about my struggles he said, "Missy, why must you go so deep and call it depression, why can't you just say you've been unhappy lately, that's all?" It made me smile. He's so right! Surrounding yourself with positive, trusting people is another fact I believe I read in your article. It's a true fact when it comes to gaining happiness. :)

      I really liked the points made here in your article, and I felt others would enjoy reading them too, so I shared.

      take care Faith! :)

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lovely Missy, no doubt about it that Bill is one wise man. I think I thought to include him at that particular fact point because no matter what he is always striving and seems to be enjoying the ride. However, it will be most satisfying when a goal is met. You make such wise observations about the thrill of going through what it takes to get there. I guess, after we take a breather to smell the roses as they say, then it's time to raise the bar again. If we are still here then we still have some living to do. I get a lot of inspiration from the famous poets, artists and writers, etc. who find great success late in life while just doing the things they love. For sure about surrounding yourself with positive people is a must. However, I am one who loves my alone time too but when it's time to get out it must be with no negative people. I'm so glad you like the points made here and looks like others may have needed these reminders so thank you for sharing. You are so kind. Peace and love always

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      Shannon 21 months ago from Texas

      Thanks. Looking back. I see I needed this reminder once or twice before. LOL I think it says so well what I often feel, especially the song in the video.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Yes, I need this reminder too, dear Shan, especially here of late it seems. I'm so happy you relate to this and it seems you are not alone as many seem to not show our true selves to the world for fear of rejection. What a great blessing it is when we are able to remove our masks and have the world still accept us with all our flaws. I think a lot of times we feel we are the only ones on the planet who feel the way we do when in reality that is not the case but we never know for we always have our guard up. I do love that song and video for it truly gets to the heart of the matter. You are not alone in your feelings, sweet friend. Peace and hugs

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      Shannon 21 months ago from Texas

      Exactly! It is my freedom to show it if I dare trust someone enough. However, that, I believe, is often mistaken for seeking approval from others. But it's not the approval of others or someone thinking well of us; it's the love we seek. In general, I am a very happy person. I don't stay down and I get back up. I find peace in some of my life circumstances in which peace is hard to come by. But the areas in which I find myself experiencing the most pain are in areas concerning love and true acceptance. Despite the world's insistence to the opposite, I still believe in love. It's like we're conditioned to see love as it is in romance novels or romance movies - either there or not, and always unconditional and unending. When that illusion is busted - as it will always eventually be - we teach ourselves instead to just accept it as human nature and that's the way it has to be. We think that if we accept that as truth, we can let go and move on easier.

      But what if we all loved like a child? What if we forgave like a child? I'm not saying put up with purposeful physical or emotional abuse. But what about people that are honestly contrite and trying to make adjustments for the benefit of the other person. Isn't that the purpose of love and compromise? What if we worked through our own pain and our own hurts and suffering, still choosing to love someone else anyway. What if we gave love the chance to actually heal and make things right again. I mean, actively choosing to love. It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling. Think of all that could be gained instead of lost if we actively loved even through or after all the negative feelings and things that happen.

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      Shannon 21 months ago from Texas

      You know what, beautiful lady, I might just use those thoughts I just expressed in the hub I'm trying to put together.

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, please do use your true and profoundly beautiful thoughts in a hub, sweet friend! Yes, indeed ...I am reminded that "love keeps no record of wrongs."

      I hear the passion in your voice about love, the real deal love, just as you have describe.

      Wow, thank you for sharing your heart here! You have given us much to think on in truly loving another. I especially love, "It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling."

      Yes, the pure, undefiled love of a child.

      I am so looking forward to reading your upcoming hub.

      God bless you real good

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, please do use your true and profoundly beautiful thoughts in a hub, sweet friend! Yes, indeed ...I am reminded that "love keeps no record of wrongs."

      I hear the passion in your voice about love, the real deal love, just as you have describe.

      Wow, thank you for sharing your heart here! You have given us much to think on in truly loving another. I especially love, "It's love the verb that fuels love the feeling."

      Yes, the pure, undefiled love of a child.

      I am so looking forward to reading your upcoming hub.

      God bless you real good

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