Ripples: I’d Rather Be Happy

Have you ever skipped stones in a lake or river? Those of you have been to an ocean, have you ever skipped shells in the ocean? i would bet that almost everyone has at some point. When you do, each time the stone or shell touches the water it makes a splash and creates ripples. Those ripples move outward from the source of impact.

Our lives touch others. In the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey spends much of his life doing the right thing, putting others first, and taking care of people. Yet he feels his life has been somehow wasted. In the crowning moment of the movie the entire town comes together to prove to George just how much he has meant to them. Most everyone that watches the movie weeps profusely at this scene. I know I do! It is important to be at least slightly aware that your life is helpful and meaningful to someone. To believe otherwise gradually snuffs out your own light.

There are times when we wonder how our lives would have been if we had taken a different path…..would we be rich? Popular? Respected? Appreciated? Famous? Of course, wondering this too much can make us bitter. I am reminded of a scene near the end of the Thorn Birds. Megghie has grown bitter because her life didn’t give her Fr. Ralph. All around her is beauty and loving sacrifice….her husband, her brothers, her children….Drogheda….she has wasted her life in bitterness, envy, regrets….and not seen the love that was bestowed upon her….I vowed to not end up like her. I mustn’t go down the path of wondering what life would be like if I had had the path I thought was perfect…..I must avoid the if onlys. Why? Because I have to trust that God has placed me upon the path that is truly perfect for me. He really, really has….I know that! Even though at times that path has had it’s share of sorrow and grief—I have had more than my share of joys!

worry and fear can eat me up inside if I let it.  That is why I try to gird myself with the armour of my faith. If I cast my worries into Jesus’ arms and rejoice in the love around me and the blessings I do have, my fear of the unknown is reduced. I try to recall the times and moments when loved ones have expressed their feelings about me and my life…..I try to realistically remember how much people have said I do mean to them. It is important to hang onto that! The devil wants to fill us with negativity and self-doubt. It interrupts our tendency to develop a faithful praising spirit.

I have been trying to turn my big ship known as my life. It is definitely a process. I am becoming more mindful of the decisions I make throughout my days. I decided that I would rather be happy with myself than win an argument. I have decided I want to try to chip way at some of my longstanding lists rather than continue to live with that yucky feeling that procrastination gives me.

The ripples of mindfulness do spread. Mindfulness and conscious decisions result in an inner peace and calm. That, in turn, helps me restore myself! God walks with me~and continues to give me courage. I pray that your day is wondrous.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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18 Responses to Ripples: I’d Rather Be Happy

  1. fgassette says:

    Love and appreciate your post today. It brings to mind this scripture
    Philippians 4:11-13
    New International Version (NIV)
    11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  2. dorannrule says:

    Find the things you can change. Find the ways you can make a difference. Then relax and enjoy. Your blog is so inspirational Kate and I have nominated you for TWO awards. You may already have them, but that makes you a Double Hitter! Here’s the link for details: http://countryliving4beginners.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/double-hitter-awards/ 🙂 Love, Dor

  3. Maria Tatham says:

    Kate, reading this has made my day more “wondrous”. You and I are thinking about some of the same things, and avoiding the same traps, such as speculating about ‘what if’s’, which lead to discontentment and blindness. God is leading in all the lives of His beloved children.
    Thank you,
    Maria

    • Kate Kresse says:

      He has been leading me in powerful ways lately, and really letting me know His guiding will. We are so very, very loved~and I am grateful for his constant friendship. Thanks, Maria!–kate

  4. eof737 says:

    Happy is a great place to start… 😉

  5. Caddo Veil says:

    Great post, as always, Kate. I got a little choked up about the “Thorn Birds” reference. I love that movie/mini-series and book, and you’re right about Meggie’s attitude–but compassion compels me to say that I understand what happened in her heart. She did get ripped off in some significant ways–and God’s rep, Father Ralph, made choices that would serve his needs, not her best interest, which set a poor example of what God would have wanted for her.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      She most definitely got ripped off and had significant loss, struggle, and difficulties. The undercurrent that she didn’t realize was happening was that her brothers and husband were devoted to her. her daughter stood by her….what happens so much in people’s lives in the midst of loss and disappointment, is that God’s blessings are running through like an underwater brook, feeding our roots.sometimes i can get to stomping around and bemoaning a fervent hope that did not come true—that i don’t even realize that a different blessing has been showered upon me. When I see that, the moment is SO transformational. What a different heart dear Megghie would have developed if she had been able to see how very loved and blessed she was despite the horror of Father Ralph. {like Scarlett realizing too late that she never loved Ashley…}

  6. TBM says:

    I love The Thorn Birds and It’s a Wonderful Life. Have a wonderful and happy day.

  7. joseyphina says:

    Great piece. Thanks for sharing this.

  8. I’m mindful Kate this moment of what an asset and stream of sunshine you are to my life. It’s a thing I vacilate with, being in the moment, letting go, letting God vs worry, dwelling, freaking out overloss of control.
    Praise God that He helps rein me in and reminds what it is that is before me. Pure golden light. Nothing else, no worries, nothing to dwell. Nothing is as important.

    Thanks you darling Kate, for the way you have with words expressing what we all need to hear and learn.
    You my friend certainly are His gracious teacher ~ BB

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Oh sweet Baroness~ we all need reining in sometimes—we are His kites, and every now and then He has to rein us in to keep us from getting tangled and torn by trees and power lines. You are so inspiring, kind, loving, giving….bless your day, dear friend. hugs aplenty to you!

  9. Inner happiness is always the best medicine in life Kate! Wordly thoughts and worries will strangle it away from you leaving you a shell in dispair…stay lifted my sister and blessed with sweet joy!

    • Kate Kresse says:

      oh you are so right, dear poet-friend and brother. We must, must, must resist the temptation to leap onto a path leading to bitterness and despair. God wants us filled with His joy—and wants us to leap into His arms each day. Have a great day

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