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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Half Full and Aloha Friday Question of the Week

"The pursuit of happiness requires a lot of courage. We strive for happiness in various ways: through professional and personal achievement, through love and friendship, and also through charitable effort. But to find happiness, we must first be at peace with ourselves. We must be more forgiving of our follies and appreciative of our abilities."
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.  Now the it is hosted by Sprinkles at Wyldechylde.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"Yes, stress messes with your life. It messes with mine. However, that’s when you have to fight back. Fight back with everything you got. Get mad, then get even by finding a little bit a joy in the midst of your stress."
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.

I'm Happy and Thankful for many things every day... especially this week:
  • For my oldest Son arriving SAFELY in his new home, to start his new life.  I already miss him and that sweet Ms. Pickles. 'sigh'  The goodbyes were so much harder than I ever imagined... so 'tears were rolling' and 2 days later I'm still looking for that dog when I come home after work and get up in the morning. :-/
  • For those trying to save the deal on my house!  Long story...  but I could end up with 2 homes or homeless, if the deals or timing don't work out just right.  So please keep praying for us! :-)
  • For keeping my Faith and Hope during a heart wrenching and stressful week.  Chicago winters and Houston summers are looking better all the time.  Well... maybe. ;-)
"It’s possible to forget how alive we really are. We can become dry and tired, just existing, instead of really living. We need to remind ourselves of the juice of life, and make that a habit. Find those places inside that jump for joy, and do things." ~ Anonymous
It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!  If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.
"Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but it does ruin today’s happiness."~ Anonymous
My question:  Do you worry about something only to realize later that it wasn't worth worrying about?

My answer:   I was worried, even down, about my son leaving and my house situation, Until  I turned on the news and was reminded about Joplin MO and the flooding in my own area. 
"When life’s problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself lucky." ~ Ann Landers 
I hope you all have a wonderful and SAFE weekend!!
Hugs and Much Love to you All,
~ Coreen XO
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  1. How frustrating about the house situation! I hope it works out. I'd hate for you to have 2 houses to try and pay for and I'd also hate for you to be homeless.

  2. Well, I think most things we worry about are a waste of energy and not constructive. Fretting could serve a useful purpose only if it is something that we can change.

  3. Wonderful things to be thankful for! Pray that things would work out well with your house. God is in control and will work out what is best for you and for His glory!Cast all your cares on Him and He will care for you!

  4. sending you prayers that everything turns our with your house. Love the post and the reminder that we can always see the best in situations and live the best life we can. hugs to you.

  5. My goal this year was not to worry! So far, so good! I have plenty I could worry about and in times past...OMG!!...I excelled in worry. Ha! I had to stop...just like your quotes say...worrying only takes away from today's happiness. So I look around and say, "Thank you God!!"
    I will pray for your housing don't worry!!

  6. I just know it is going to work out Coreen and my prayers are still flowing. Part of getting older is letting go of the worry. If I can't change it, I'm not wasting time on it. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Worrying seems like a rite of motherhood.

    Have a great Friday!

  8. I am definitely a glass half full person and love meeting other people like that. I hopped over from Java's hop today and have stayed a while here. You have an inspirational blog and I love the idea of Half Full Friday. I shall be back again and am now following your blog to ensure I stay up to speed.
    Warm wishes

  9. I'm fighting the stress!
    And yeah, I worry about stupid stuff that never happens all the time.

  10. I'm always telling my husband not to worry until there's something to worry about, so no, I don't.

  11. So glad your son made it safely there! Fingers crossed for you with the house situation!

  12. Changes have a way of enlightening us to the moments when it is really happening, demanding to know how we'll respond or deal with the aftermath.

    I will pray for your home situations. *HUG*

    Yes I've worried sick about many things and it never go as how I predicted it to be in it's worse state. But do I learn? no.


  13. Following you from the over 40 Friday blog hop.
    It's easy to say we won't worry but very difficult to control.
    Have a wonderful weekend.


  14. Great post! Love the quote about worrying ruining today's happiness! So true! I'll have to think of that more when I'm stressed out!

    I'm a new follower from the over 40 hop! Hope you can hop over to my blog too! I have great giveaways too! Hope you'll enter!

    Have a great weekend!

  15. I don't worry much. At the end of the day, I just trust in the Higher One! I will pray for your house situation.

  16. All the time. But then I remember that worrying probably won't change the outcome.

  17. Yes, I often worry about things WAY too much. Just part of my personality and something I can't seem to stop.

  18. All the time... I am like the others just can't seem to stop!!

  19. I occasionally worry about unnecessary things...but I try really hard not to!

  20. All the time. I'm a worrier. :-(

    An Island Life

  21. I love how you still found positives with your thankful list - I'll definitely be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! :)

    I do sometimes worry about something that turns out to be not so worrisome...sometimes I'll have to remind the hubby about not worrying too much, since he's the major worrier in our house. ;)

    Aloha: Vacation End & Laundry

  22. I learned not to worry about tomorrow in all my years however I can't say that I follow what I've learned!! ;D
    As mothers/grandmothers we just worry I think.
    Happy Aloha Friday!!


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