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Each day is a new day, a precious gift from God...Live it wisely!
Hi, I'm Gini. I'm a photographer... I'm an artist. I dabble in all sorts of art mediums; therefore, my self proclaimed nickname...GiniJack.
It is my desire in life to help others and to open eyes to the beauty & wonder all around us. No, I don't have any magic spells I can cast & I'm not a scholar of any sorts. I am simply a child of God who realizes I am blessed and wants to share my celebration of life.
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9 Secrets For Creating A Peaceful and Happy Existence!
I opened my blinds this morning & saw the most gorgeous sunny day outside. What a wonderful way to start the day, being greeted by the marvelous beauty of nature.
I have to say, one of the things I truly love most in life is my backyard. It's not an elaborate backyard by any means, no massive deck, no picket fence, no swimming pool, no fire pit or outdoor kitchen. In actuality it's a simple backyard but it's surrounded by the most beautiful trees. I can sit all day and enjoy the beauty of the trees. I'm an artist so the crooked branches arching their way towards the sky and the various shades & shapes of the leaves captivate me in wonder. My backyard is a playground for all sorts of wild life….birds, squirrels, an occasional turtle, rabbit, deer or egret. I always enjoy sitting on my patio watching the frolic, feeling the breeze, listening to the songs of the birds. It keeps me grounded. It makes me happy. It makes me realize how truly blessed I am.
Happiness…what exactly is happiness? According to Webster’s Dictionary it is the quality or state of being happy, having good fortune, pleasure, contentment, joy.
I believe it is the ability to relax, enjoy and appreciate…..where you are, your surroundings, your talents, your gifts, the people you are with, the moment you are in.
Do you sometimes feel like the whole world is out to get you. We’ve all been there…You get up late, hurry your shower, slip on your clothes to find a stain on the shirt you wanted to wear. Start out the door with your morning drink in hand. Next thing you know your drink is on the floor…now you have a mess all over your kitchen (that you don’t have time to clean up) and worse even yet…you now have no morning drink! You get in your car and 5 minutes down the road you start wondering if you closed the garage door, or worse yet, you realize your cell phone is still sitting on the kitchen counter. We all have those days and yes, we all get pulled down by them, but we don’t have to let them define who we are or control our mood…i.e., our happiness.
The truth is YOU control your own destiny to becoming a happier & more successful you…you and only you! It is easier though when you learn to master a few essential secrets for creating that happy existence.
9 SIMPLE SECRETS For Creating A Peaceful and Happy Existence…
To truly be happy you have to learn to
GET OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF! Learn to ...LET IT GO!
So, open that back door, step outside for a few minutes. Listen to the birds sing their cheerful little songs. Watch the squirrels skip and frolic. (Geez, I wish I had half their energy!) Feel the breeze, the warmth of the sun, smell the sweet, sweet aroma of the summer blossoms. Enjoy the beauty of whatever your surroundings.
When we learn to get out of ourselves for a little while, when we start to recognize all the many blessings, big & small, that surround us…HAPPINESS COMES!.....and when you're truly happy, your heart is full... full of gratitude, full of appreciation, full of love, full of joy!
Happiness is A Gift…A Gift we give ourselves when we simply learn to breathe, to relax, to enjoy, to give thanks and most of all, to appreciate!
A special thank you to my new friend Mike T., from whom I "borrowed" numbers 6 & 7. These are principles he lives and works by. Good solid advice we will all do well to remember!
Tell me....What are you doing today for you? What makes you happy? What are you appreciative for? Please share with me in the comments below. I'd love to celebrate "Your Happy" with you today!
Wishing you all a Full Heart today and every day!
Below are some of my BackYard Friends....
Thank you for your nice comment Nela. It's funny, I started taking pictures as practice assignments for a photography class....getting familiar with my camera. I always knew we had beautiful wildlife outside our door but somehow the photography really woke me up to how magical it really is. I try to keep my camera by the backdoor at all times because I never know when "someone" is coming to visit!
Thank you for this lovely reminder of what contributes to our happiness... I'm sure that if I did at least one every day it would create a huge difference.
Your photos are amazing, I especially love the cute squirrels! Your backyard really seems like a magical place to be :)
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