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Friday, July 29, 2011

Half Full & Aloha Friday question

“Happiness comes from the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to take risk and allow yourself to love." ~Me
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?
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 the beautiful flowers from the 'senior' students!  They graduate tonight & I wish them much happiness & success!  I'm sure going to miss this class!
  • For listening to my intuition last week and avoiding a bad situation. 
  • For all the new friendships I've made in the last 2 years!   Each one has helped me grow in some way. 
"Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing." ~William Butler Yeats
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.
"The cornerstone of happiness is accepting yourself as a worthy human being." - Maxwell Maltz
My question:  What 'growth' has brought you the most happiness?
My answer:  Love, Understanding and Acceptance of self... which lead to the same for others.
“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”- Pearl S. Buck 
View from my window today.  Love it! :-)

Have a Beautiful weekend, everyone!!
Hugs and Blessings to you All,
~ Coreen XO
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  1. This is nice to read because it's filled with positive thoughts.
    Have the best ever weekend.


  2. Isn't it amazing what our 'gut instincts' can tell us sometimes? I'm glad you listened to them.

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend Coreen!
    xo Catherine

  3. Good friends help us stretch and grow!

  4. Learning how to function without my parents around. It's what they would have wanted.

    Have a great Friday!

  5. Hi Coreen, How are you doing? It's been a while since my last visit on your blog and it feels so great to be back.

    I am happy that you finally found your home. Look at those beautiful creatures on your yard. They're amazing.

    I missed my students. They're sweet and whenever graduation comes it's a mix emotion.

    Have a great weekend my friend!

  6. I love your quote at the top.

    It's great to listen to our gut most times and realize we are capable of making great decisions with healthy outcomes.

    Q: I grew out of the need to please others in detriment to myself and realize I just need to be true, strong and deliberate in living. I can also use salt and forgive and ask forgiveness when necessary.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Just stopping by and saying hello - home from vacation. I love your post today.

  8. Glad you found that listening to your intuition was a good plan! God bless - enjoy your week-end and your gorgeous view!

  9. It's always good to listen to your intuition - glad you were able to avoid a bad situation by doing so! :)

    You know what? My answer is the same as yours. Two peas in a pod! :) Have a great weekend, Coreen - and I'm LOVING that view out your window! Deer are my favorite animal. :)

    Aloha: Back to School Shopping - Let the Foraging Begin!

  10. Probably realizing that the small stresses in life isn't anything compared to the big picture.

    Aloha - Kailani
    An Island Life

  11. Hi Coreen, Sorry I haven't been around much. I've been grieving since Thursday over the death of a very good friend. We will drive to Atlanta tomorrow for her funeral.

    SO--thanks for the great post.. The biggest ways I have grown is through love of self, and also through learning not to jump to conclusions as easily...


  12. I wish I had that view from my window!

    How sweet of the seniors to give you flowers.

    Always good to listen to your intuition.

  13. Losing my son was horrible, but I have grown so much out of that, so I guess you could say that.

  14. Learning to be self-sufficient has given me happiness.


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