Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Great American Grump Out Day

There really is a Great American Grump Out Day!

I can hardly stand to be around grumpy people, so please do not call me if you are feeling grumpy today. I will talk to you if you are sad or discouraged, or need a friendly hug or a prayer; but no grumpiness, please.

With that in mind, I decided to turn today into Happiness Day.

For me, the glass is always half full. I just can’t help that, it’s just the way I am. I tend to look on the bright side of most everything. Heaven knows, having just turned eighty-three, I have lived through many ups and downs. I have never found that being ‘grumpy’ about life solves a problem or makes you feel better.

In my ‘volunteer life’, I have known many people who live dreadful lives and not one of them has been grumpy. I have spent time with the blind, with very poor children of color, with soldiers of three wars, with special needs children and adults, and I have never found them to be grumpy. In the next few weeks, I will be meeting weekly mentoring a small boy who spends his life in a wheelchair. He is a delight. All of these individuals have been a blessing to me and have taught me to be grateful for what I have and who I am.

The happiest people I know are busy nurturing other less fortunate individuals.

So, if you are feeling grumpy today, I am sorry, but please don’t call me. Instead let me pass on to you some ‘happiness’ thoughts.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.” 
Martha Washington, American First Lady

“That is the best, to laugh with someone because you both think the same things are funny.” Gloria Vanderbilt, American Designer

“Light tomorrow with today!” 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English Poet

By Lois Jamieson

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