happiness is......

.... a few things that have made me smile this week so far....

"Love Is Only a Word" poem by Paulo Coelho. Please take 30 seconds to read it. It's truly beautiful....

Life is too short for us to keep important words, for example, ‘I love you’, locked in our hearts.
But do not always expect to hear the same words back. We love because we need to love. Otherwise, love loses all meaning and the sun ceases to shine.
A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears. The sun asks:
‘Aren’t you tired of waiting?’
‘Yes,’ answers the rose, ‘but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.’

And yet, even when Love does not appear, we remain open to its presence. Sometimes, when loneliness seems about to crush everything, the only way to resist is to keep on loving.
Our one true choice is to plunge into the mystery of that uncontrollable force.
Then we discover, when we go home, that someone was there waiting for us, looking for the same thing we were looking for and experiencing the same anxieties and longings.

Because love is like the water that is transformed into a cloud: it’s lifted up into the heavens, where it can see everything from a distance, aware that, one day, it will have to return to earth.
Because love is like the cloud that is transformed into rain: it is drawn down to the earth, where it waters the fields.
Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force.
Love is only a word, until someone arrives to give it meaning.

Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the keyring that opens the door.

Pictures of baby elephants.....

Hanging out with this gal at the farm this week (can you tell who's who in the flea market ski masks?):

This BEAUTIFUL French oven......
(I will be getting one soon)

the idea that this might happen in Athens..... just the idea made me happy, although I could have been happier.......(fingers crossed it WILL happen sometime this winter)

(image from http://manfullyalive.com/2013/12/advent-and-snow/)

Seeing Anchorman 2 with Christian:

...and last but not least, I was so happy to have a day off yesterday so that I could spend time with my animals! I was super worried about them and just being able to have the extra time to run with them and monitor them more than usual on such a cold day made me feel so much better!

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