Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Thoughts for Thursday: Happiness


"Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."
~ John Barrymore

What does this mean to you? Leave me a note on this post and I will draw a random name next Wednesday (Sept 19th) to receive random act of kindness.


(edited 3:30pm) BONUS CHALLENGE: Create a piece of artwork (a card, a layout, an altered item, anything) that visually represents something that has snuck in one of your "open doors". There have been some awesome comments on this post. If you'd like to share, please feel free to leave a link on this post.

22 comments:

Theresa W said...

To me it means, that expect the unexpected happyness. It means to me that God has a plan for me and i may think that door was closed tightly but it was really open i just could not see it. And what will walk thur that door....it will knock my socks off.

Brenmarie said...

That quite is so true. What it means to me is that on days when I'm not in a good mood and someone can cheer me up by just saying something that on regular days I wouldn't find so funny would make me laugh on a very moody one. There must have been a door open somewhere that I didn't close! Good thing thou, otherwise I wouldn't be good company to anyone.

doverdi said...

To me that quote means that when you least expect it, someone or something will happen to change your mood or how your feeling. It might be a smile from a stranger, a phone call from a friend, a hug from a child, etc.

doverdi
Fiskateer #1329

Sue C said...

I immediately thought of my husband. I was recently divorced when I met him, and not looking for a relationship AT ALL (door definitely shut) A series of serendipitous events kept throwing us together, and darn if he didn't sneak right in! 16 years later, it's still bliss!

Jodi said...

To me it means that it comes unexpected. When you least expect it to be there it is. SOmetimes when you need it the most and others as a sweet surprise.
Jodi

Shannon Wittig said...

To me it means...when you are not looking, something unexpected will cheer you up. This happens to me all the time and it is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

For me, this really brings to mind that after I turned 50, I gave up DESPERATELY looking for a man. I figured it wasn't going to happen. In turn, that allowed me to relax, enjoy being myself, and finally be happy just as I was-and then BOOM! I met my husband, and we started talking marriage on our first date. It was SO in our faces that this was right! First marriage for both of us, he was 41 & I was 51. Totally unexpected, and so much happiness. Sometimes when you quit actively searching, the answer comes right to you, all by itself. We both feel it was meant to be. (And am I good, or what- he's TEN years younger! Hee, hee, hee....)

Pat Turner

MANDEE said...

To me this means sometimes what you don't expect will give you the greatest happiness. ( an example i can think of is when your child knows you are sad and goes in the front yard and picks you a big bouquet of DANDELIONS!) that is what that saying is all about, at least to me!

Ijsbeer said...

I left a comment but internet explorer chrased so I'll try again:)

To me it means the day I realized I had looked at a closed door for so long I had not seen that several new ones opened. It was the day I stopped thinking of my illness as me but rather as my illness as a part of me, that could be turned around to postive things. I just needed to alter my dreams a bit and I could still follow my heart and be happy.

It also means all the kind things people have done and do when I least expect it. Like when I was too ill to have any contact with some of my friends for over a year some of them still got back in touch. Their understanding made it possible for us to pick of where we left off friendship wise. Love them. Its the small things and the big things, all the joys and surprises that make us happy:)

Michelle said...

Happiness to me is being around family. Now that my children are grown it doesnt happen near enough. I am happy when I see they are growing and succeeding in life.

Amaryllis said...

This is the begining of my 52 card Pick-Up. The quote will be on the front with a pic of my family:

4 of HEARTS
09/12/07— bad day... i would like to forget that the golf pro called to tell me transcription that took me days to complete, with lots of frustration, needed to be redone. … the kids kept pestering me about silly things… kate didn’t have a nap!


then… i finished the contract...fed the kids… watched a movie with them...learned about their days… remembered what really is important… and got them to bed and asleep by 8:45! — good day!


miss robert — he is gone to CiViC till Friday...

Tami said...

Erin,
Both you and your husband are VERY talented!!

Amaryllis said...

here it is:
front
http://tinyurl.com/33dnqq

back
http://tinyurl.com/2u3r9n

Cindy said...

I think it means that happiness will come where you least expect it. I think that there we are sometimes put in situations where we actually expect to be unhappy, but then there comes a time when these situations end up bringing us this greatest joy.

Melanie said...

It makes me think I must have left a lot of doors open!!!

Nancy Ball said...

Ahem, Erin, is that a recent pic of you??? I hardly recognize you with glasses and straight on you cutey patootey!

Okay, so the quote really made me think of you and all of the other friends/acquaintances I've made from CTMH. Although, I have never physically met any consultants other than B.C. ones - I really feel a strong connection with you and many others who sort of snuck in when I wasn't paying attention.

I believe when needed we would all step up and help each other due to that connection.

jodene said...

Too me it means..when you least expect it you will feel loved.

The Cute & Adorable, Yet Ever So Humble, mE said...

This photo was our engagement picture. (I was skinny and he had hair.) This was taken in the spring of 1999 and we were married July 17, 1999.

This photo reminds me of the happiness that came through a door that I had left open and forgot about.

I had dated a long string of dumb men and had given up on love. I just wanted to go on a date and have fun and nothing else.

My sister worked with Brent and set us up on a blind date. Our first date was Jan 30, 1999 and the rest... well... I guess I hadn't completely closed the door to my heart....

Mandiannie said...

Happiness is contentment. It's the little things that have made me happy, like spending hours stamping and making cards. That just eases the stress out of my day and makes me happy.

Nancy Ball said...

Erin, I'm touched, you got married on my birthday! Who'd a thunk it!

How about an updated pic of you two?

Cathy said...

To me it means:
Count on faith, try not to control your life, because when you least expect it, there it is.

What a great picture with this quote. Thanks for a chance.
cmeyers@hughes.net

Allie Gower - Crafternoons said...

I had the perfect layout in my head, a day at the museum with my son, kind of sad - seeing war planes and flags of fallen soldiers, and he turns it into a happy memory.

http://scrapncook.blogspot.com/2007/09/happiness-sneaks-in.html

Thanks for keeping me inspired Erin. Love you for all you do.

Allie