Category Archives: HAPPINESS, JOY, CONTENTMENT

All the joy the world contains Has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.” ― Śāntideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva.

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There is no right or wrong path. There is only the path that you choose. Whatever you choose, there will be many opportunities for you to grow and expand 
– Kuan Yin

A cup of tea would restore my normality. Douglas Adams

 

 

The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933), Saturday 15 September 1928,

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I don’t want tea,” said Clary, with muffled force. “I want to find my mother. And then I want to find out who took her in the first place, and I want to kill them.”
“Unfortunately,” said Hodge, “we’re all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it’s either tea or nothing.

― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

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   Lee Emmett, Australia
 
HIGH TEA

‘give me beverage,’ says mrs average
‘make mine green tea,’ responds mcphee
‘coffee’s my drink,’ asserts dolly pink
‘fuchsia and lemon,’ quips jack devon
‘who wants apple cake?’ asks lambert lake
‘or strawberry jam tart?’ adds doris dart
‘scones and cream cheese,’ mad simon pleads
‘chocolate meringue,’ smiles su-lin chang

 

http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=121885

The digger of fern-root has abundance of food, but the parrot-snarer will go hungry.”

http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-TreRace-t1-body-d6.html

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Just occasionally you find yourself in an odd situation. You get into it by degrees and in the most natural way, but when you are right in the midst of it you are suddenly astonished and ask yourself how in the world it all came about. If, for example, you put to sea on a wooden raft with a parrot and five companions, it is inevitable that sooner or later you will wake up one morning out at sea, perhaps a little better rested than ordinarily, and begin to think about it.

Thor Heyerdahl   The Kon-Tiki Expedition: By Raft  across the South Seas (translated by F H Lyon).

After a storm comes a calm.

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foto- storm on waterfall way nr bellingen jan 2014

Before a rain storm:
Cats will clean themselves more and meow more,
Cow and sheep will huddle together seeking comfort,
Horses “switch and twitch” and sometimes bolt,
Insects fly lower and bite more, and
Birds chirp louder.

http://weatherstories.ssec.wisc.edu/sayings/sayings.html

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” ― Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Some people will not tolerate such emotional honesty in communication. They would rather defend their dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others. Therefore, having rationalized their phoniness into nobility, they settle for superficial relationships.”

http://dailynewsdig.com/35-honesty-quotes-and-sayings/

Just when the caterpillar thought its life was over, it became a butterfly

http://proverbsway.com/tag/inspiration-quotes-about-butterflies/

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Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.

~Drew Barrymore

All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ~ Lev Tolstoi

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May God grant you always…
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

http://tacomaweekly.tripod.com/Irish-Quotations.html

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy. ~ Albert Einstein

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The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm
 

 

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-Leonard Bernstein

http://www.quoteland.com/topic/Violins-Quotes/355/

As I come down the hill from Toro Poutini’s house My feet are sore, being bare, on the sharp stones And that is a suitable penance.

James K. Baxter, Collected Poems (OUP 1979)

http://www.australianpoetry.org/2012/11/26/the-sacred-politics-of-james-k-baxter/

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“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.” 

― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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Yankunytjatjara Love Poems by Ali Cobby Eckermann 

“I will show you a field of zebra finch Dreaming in the shadow of the

                        puli puli ochre

            when the soft blanket of language hums kinship and campfires

                        flavour windswept hair

 

            little girls stack single twigs on embers under tjamus skin of painted

                        love

            the dance of kalaya feathers will sweep the munda with your smile

 

            do not look at me in daylight; that gift comes in the night

            tomorrow I will show ngunytju our marriage proposal in my smile”

– See more at: http://www.recoursaupoeme.fr/chroniques/tourist%E2%80%99s-guide-australian-poetry/ian-gibbins#sthash.hrRdfAxG.dpuf

 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. :

Mahatma Gandhi

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My Sitting Down Place

My Sitting Down Place by Gail Kay, Proserpine, QLD

I go down to the creek

Where the water gurgles

Joyfully

As it hurries along

Over the shining sand and pebbles

To its destiny

With the sea.

Dappled sunlight

Flits and moves

Across the water, over the creek bank,

And the birds sing happily

To the accompaniment

Of insects and crickets.

I sit in silence as I soak it all into my soul.

Peace flows

From the water

To my heart.

Whatever life brings me I now can face

Because of this,

My sitting down place!

Read more: http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/my-sitting-down-place#ixzz2jlzLSCKG

 

 

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.”

― Samuel Johnson, The Idler; Poems

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“There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance.”

― C. JoyBell C.

The banjo is such a happy instrument -you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.”

― Steve Martin

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Did you hear that they’ve isolated the gene for banjo playing?

It’s the first step to a cure!

http://www.you-can-be-funny.com/Banjo-Jokes.html

“Dance is an hourly and daily discipline, but it is also a lifelong happiness.”

http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/Whitbit/quotes.html

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Doris Humphrey
There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise man grows it under his feet.”

James Oppenheim

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If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

-Stephen Levine

It is much easier to earn a lot of money than to find a bosom friend.

http://www.hanban.com/chinese-culture/chinese-proverbs/chinese-proverbs-friendship.html

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MEMBER’S POEM: A FRIEND

A faithful friend is hard to find’

Who’ll stand through thick and thin, ]

But  my ‘ ‘dog, ‘Dutch,

‘ is just ‘the kind

Who’d do that sort of thing.

She’s just a ‘Cairn terrier pup,

‘ As full of mischief as can, be.

With ears and tail cocked up so bold

As straight as one can see.

Two gleaming eyes, a cold, ‘wet ‘nose,

She stands there all agog,

A tiny bark, a wagging- tail

And that is ‘Dutch,’ my dog.

 

Happy as a clam, is what my mother says for happy. I am happy as a clam: hard-shelled, firmly closed.”

― Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

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Te anga karaka, te anga koura, kei kitea te Marae

The shells of the karaka berry, and the shells of the crayfish, should not be seen from the Marae

Although this clearly has a hygienic undertone, it also refers to discipline. A tribe or war party who disregards organization and has no concern for where they leave their rubbish and gear reflects poor leadership and discipline, thus becoming easy prey for a more regimented force.

http://www.maori.cl/Proverbs.htm

I meditate and put on a rubber tire with three bottles of beer. Most of the time I just sit picking my nose and thinking.

 James Gould Cozzens (1903-)  http://en.nordsprog.com/liknande/en_99813

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“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

― Osho, Everyday Osho: 365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now

“Coarse rice for food, water to drink, and the bended arm for a pillow – happiness may be enjoyed even in these.”

(Confucius)

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“He’d noticed that sex bore some resemblance to cookery: it fascinated people, they sometimes bought books full of complicated recipes and interesting pictures, and sometimes when they were really hungry they created vast banquets in their imagination – but at the end of the day they’d settle quite happily for egg and chips. If it was well done and maybe had a slice of tomato.”

― Terry Pratchett, The Fifth Elephant

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.”

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Laughter is the language of the Gods.

They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.

~Scottish Proverb

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“That’s what was wrong with drinking too much. You became immune to drunken delights. There was no solace in liquor. Before you got happy, you collapsed.”

― Richard Matheson, I am Legend and Other Stories