The Face of Happiness

sunflowers to be 2018

My last post on the topic of mass shootings was depressing, although 
another chance to bring awareness to this frequented tragic issue in our country.
However, I thought it was time for a more hopeful topic. So, this photo shows
sunflowers-to-be! Yes, sunflowers growing from seeds (one of three pots), and
watching them sprout evokes feelings of awe and wonder – awakening
excitement and promise of tomorrow and of new life.

After they grow to around 12″, we’ll transplant them in the ground. We’ve 
also planted some seeds around the yard and are enjoying watching those
sprout up, too. We have a garden area in front of the house that might be
a good place for transplanting these – for tall, happy sunflowers greeting
all who stroll by. The trouble is that we have deer wandering around all
the time. So, we’d have to put some kind of wire fence around them. Other-

wise, we’d be providing lunch for the dear deer. 🙂

Anyway, below are some quotes I found online…

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt,
covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.”
~ Anonymous

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”
~Paramahansa Yogananda

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunflowers are happy flowers. They exude joy and friendliness, don’t you think? Fingers are crossed and with our love and care, we pray these seeds will grow to their full potential. I’ll keep you posted, and I hope you enjoyed this splash of hope and inspiration. xoxo

sunflowers

(Goal in sight) 🙂

 

On The Wings Of Peace

My friend, Sue, shared this post from Teri in Ireland, and hopefully many are spreading the ripples of peace. This is my turn and may you find it in your heart to do the same. With love and blessings, Lauren ♥

Masked Native

Mike's card for world peace0002

During the 1980’s, Mike Bryant created a Peace card. He hoped that by sending it to friends and relatives, they would sign it and re-post, and a chain of Peace would spread around the world. I have to admit that I never got around to sending on the card. I wish I had, but as Mother Earth heaves with sadness, and her people are drowning in sorrow and grief, I offer this Peace chain, to join with other Peace chains along the way. With today’s technology words travel further and faster. Taking up the sword is not the answer. Peace is the answer.


hummingbird circled

Image of world globe from original card by Mike Bryant

Wings of Peace is author’s own.

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Shelf Life & Simplicity

I think we all strive for more than temporary happiness, but I’m guilty for eagerly anticipating the weekends. Those are two days in which I can live by my own schedule and do whatever I please. That being said, I’m extremely grateful for our jobs and
on a deeper level, we should embrace each day for the gift it is.
This quote by Vikrmn conveys several points, not all agreed upon, but the larger meaning for me is to focus more on concrete happiness and to allow oneself to dream big – the photo was another gorgeous sunset from last week.

Work picassa 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes an ordinary event is most meaningful. The photo below was taken when I visited my daughter at her work. We’re grateful she is now employed full time after graduation and she’s enjoying it. This was a simple day surrounded by beauty.

lauren 1 edited BESTMay your “today” be blessed and every day following, and may you live in the simplicity of what makes you happy. ♥

 “The bigger the dream, the better the story.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich

Lauren Scott © 2015

 

Just Go For It!

 

 

Accomplish picassa with Sabrina's photo 2015

 

In honor of our daughter’s university graduation, I found this quote, which I thought was perfect for today’s festivities and celebrations. The gorgeous photo is from my good friend, Sabrina.

Our daughter has persevered not only academically but also personally and today she’ll walk across the finish line with a Bachelor’s Degree in hand. To say we’re proud doesn’t even cover all the emotions. 🙂

So go out and Live, Dream, Act and Believe!

Sending much love, Lauren ♥

Young at Heart – Tanka (and a bit more) :)

Back to school image

It’s time to step out

of my comfort zone and back

onto a campus –

new goal is exciting, but

my nerves are doing dances

© LScott 2013

Back to School Photo: Google Images

I began working full-time after high school,
married in my late twenties,
had children and here I am.

I’ve just been inspired by my daughter graduating
from community college.
A
dditionally, there were many older adults
who graduated, as well,
some in their fifties and
the oldest was 73!
I’m 52, so I think I fit in, don’t you? 🙂

My goal is to return and work towards an AA in English;
a great opportunity to refresh my brain in many aspects.
Can I do it?  Of course I can…
but I’m a little nervous, too.

I feel good about this; something new for me,
as my kids are now moving on, too.
My hubby has also encouraged me,
so the timing feels right…
to satisfy a hunger to learn more
and to keep my brain young.

If any of you can relate to this new chapter in life,
I’d love to hear your story.
Wish me luck!
🙂

Lauren Inverness 2013

Join me for Coffee? :)

Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening!

heart latte

I’m deviating from my normal poetry posts, but I hope you join me in a caffeine toast.  Come on over, pretend we’re sitting around a table, in a cozy cafe or coffee house, watching the sun shine or listening to the rain drop against the windows. We hear the murmur of voices around us, as others catch up on years past or on yesterday’s events. By the way, this is very casual, no formalities, just fun and relaxing. 🙂

So, let’s talk coffee…what’s your favorite? I never used to be a coffee drinker, until a couple of years ago; with a little help from my friends, I grew to love any kind of lattes. I’ll also drink regular coffee, but it needs a little sweetness.

Okay, you’re probably wondering if this post is all about coffee…well, not really…but it’s a great ice breaker, don’t you think? And just so you know, I’m not editing this too deeply…it’s as though we’re talking, you and I. 🙂 I felt like simply chatting and I also wanted to share a little something I experienced a few days ago…

golden gate bridge sunrise image

I woke up feeling extremely happy. I know, very original. 🙂 For those of you who read my previous post, you know my family is happy about our daughter’s college graduation last night and beginning her next chapter in life. Then our son will be graduating from high school in two weeks and moving on to college in the fall, as well.  So I do have reasons to be happy, but there are also matters in the mind to keep the worry meter running.

Regardless of all that is happening, I felt such a deep, physical and weightless sensation, not an everyday occurrence. It was like walking on air, waving arms and all, ready to shout out, “Hey, World, I’m feeling really happy today!”  I can already imagine reactions! 🙂

walking-on-air

Well, it happened; a very real feeling of euphoria and it was awesome!  It’s really hard to explain and come across in somewhat of an intelligent manner, and one that is rated G.  🙂

But you see, my point is this post isn’t just about coffee and artificial stimulants; it’s about natural “highs” and how we can simply be happy for no apparent reason! Maybe in my dreams (that I don’t usually remember) I was thinking of one of these exciting events, which caused me to wake up feeling an extension of the excitement. Who knows?

However, can’t we be happy about the small things, too?  Like noticing my hydrangeas blooming (thanks to hubby), enjoying the sunshine, receiving a complement from someone, getting a “kiss” from a much loved canine?  🙂 I believe even small miracles are all around us if we open our eyes to them…

I suppose I felt like sharing some inspiration, but conversations are meant for many voices, so I’d love to hear from you, if you have the time…have you experienced this before?  Or do I sound absolutely crazy? 🙂

Well, thanks a “latte” for stopping by and with all silliness aside, I truly do appreciate all of you who visit my blog. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it to a year and a half of writing, reading, learning and making new wonderful friends!

I’ll end now with a little “Happy” inspiration from one of my oldies…

“Your life will be changed and you’ll feel truly blessed,
When you look real close, you’ll find Happiness”

puppy hugs

© LScott 2013

All Photos: Google Images

http://lscotthoughts.com/2013/02/12/a-choice/

P.S. It appears I really love happy faces!  🙂 (oops)

Kindness

Holding Daisies

Does your heart try
to please every soul
turn frowns upside down
dry tears and console

Do your eyes see the good
in everything around
in every person you pass
on the streets in your town

If the answer is yes
then you’re quite the friend
you have an abundance of love
to share again and again

Yet, you’re also at risk
to having your heart broken
because not all will agree
with your words spoken

So you do your best
for the common good
and hope all your loving actions
are truly understood

© LScott 2013
Photo: Google Images