If God brought you to it,
He will get you through it.

26 January 2014

The Other Side of Happy

Happy and Sad Half Faces by Jim Dandy

happiness beckons...

a choice you have to make

no matter what the circumstances are

at the perfect time

it will all make sense

happiness beckons...

cast that smile up on the shore

the right attitude is your anchor

the best is yet to come

claim and embrace your bliss

happiness beckons…

yet you dwell on the odds

counting the obstacles 

instead of the bounty

that passed you by unnoticed

happiness beckons…

yet you live in the past

like a spurned rose

you wither on the vine

and idly wait for Gaia to claim you 

© Bing Yap [PinkLady] 2014

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Björn January 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM  

You express the difficulties to seize happiness when it beccons so well... An opportunity lost an it withers

Gabriella January 26, 2014 at 5:20 PM  

I find that some people are better than others at seizing happiness! There are also moments in a life time where this is easier than others. I like the image of happiness casting a smile on the shore.

Claudia January 26, 2014 at 5:34 PM  

sometimes the fear of being disappointed can hold us back to really embrace happiness...ah we should have more courage to run with her..smiles

Bing Yap January 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM  

Bjorn, sometimes we just unkowingly let the opportunity go because we are so engrossed in our misery.

Bing Yap January 26, 2014 at 5:51 PM  

Gabriella, thanks for appreciating my post. As they say, happiness is a matter of choice.

Bing Yap January 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM  

Claudia, that is so true. Fear is our biggest drawback.

Anonymous January 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM  

Grief works like this, standing on a sunny shore and wondering how to embrace the happiness there. Something about the distance between the two that is slowly healing. I've heard it said that happiness is getting what you want (or getting it back) but wanting what you have (the sun that is here today). Best -

Brian Miller January 26, 2014 at 8:40 PM  

oh, living in the past will def pull us down...that fear of disappointment...nice job letting us see both sides....

good to see you as well...it's been a while smiles...

Mary January 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM  

I like the approach you took to the 'on the other hand' prompt. So true sometimes that happiness does indeed beckon people sometimes, but they don't heed its call....and they look into the past instead of the present & they miss their chance for happiness before taking the leap of faith.

Thank you also for sharing this with Poetry Pantry. Nice seeing you back posting again!

alan1704 January 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM  

Hope in very difficult circumstance. Life is sometimes cruel and the past is always the past. Happiness is found in love. Nicely written.

Laurie Kolp January 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM  

So true... happiness is in the present moment.

Anders Woje Ellingsen January 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM  


The happiness
is good, I guess.
But better is
the common bliss.

·: † :·

Robert Bourne January 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM  

good outlook on life in general...

Anonymous January 26, 2014 at 11:31 PM  

I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln's quote: "We are about as happy as we make our minds to be."

You are right that dwelling on the past, or our hurts sets us up for a cycle of despair.

Loredana Donovan January 27, 2014 at 12:37 AM  

Yes, happiness is a choice. Love this ... a wonderfully optimistic poem :)

Sandee January 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM  

I'm glad that you remember the past, but I'm so happy you have chosen happiness.

Have a fabulous day honey. ♥♥♥

Anonymous January 27, 2014 at 1:03 AM  

I wish you a happy new week.

Sherry Blue Sky January 27, 2014 at 1:13 AM  

BING!!!!!! I am so happy to see you in the Pantry - one of the very first members of Poets United!!!!! I love the message in this poem, which you exemplify in your own life so well - it isnt what happens to us that defines us, but how we react to it. Great write!

Glenn Buttkus January 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM  

A lovely ride here, but it does put me in mind of defining happiness, because it is conjured up and enjoyed in many guises for many reasons. Some negative individuals are happy when they are hurting other people, every which way; and yet "on the other hand", too many of us are so skeptical, we pass up on our own happiness without recognizing it.

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:03 AM  

Brian and Mary, I am so happy to be writing here again. Despite the busy schedule, I really miss poetry and I am so glad that I have d’Verse and the Poets United to go back whenever I feel the urge to create. Thanks for the warm welcome. ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM  

Blueoran, that is so true. I lived in that very dark place for a while and it took some conscious effort really to say “I have had enough of my misery.” It is a decision one has to make that whatever the circumstances are, he will find the sun.

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:08 AM  

Alan1704, I agree that in love, there is happiness. So be in love with life itself. ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:09 AM  

Laurie, Anders and Robert, thanks for the kind words. ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM  

Bwfiction and Loredana, happiness is indeed a matter of choice. thanks for the kind words.

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM  

Sandee, it is only by remembering that we learn from the past. And that’s where the past should just be- for the lessons. Thanks for always being so supportive of me. You are one of the blogging friends I treasure. Hugsssss ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM  

Marciento, thank you. ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM  

Sherryyyyy, I missed you!!! Poetry Pantry is my favorite place and I always check it out whenever I go back here. Glad to join all of you this week. ♥

Bing Yap January 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM  

Glenn, that’s very well said. Happiness that stems from positivity is what we are all aiming for. I hav encountered many of those negative individuals you mentioned but believe me, you win them over to the positive side when you stop the cycle and radiate light that brightens up their day. The best revenge is kindness. :)

anthonynorth January 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM  

Great message in this. Enjoyed it.

Stormcat Poetry January 28, 2014 at 3:28 AM  

It's OK to be sad too but not to wallow in it. Sadness is necessary to realize your humanity, lament your mistakes, and console your losses. I am happy for my times of sadness for then I truly appreciate my joy when it comes.

Cressida de Nova January 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM  

Leave the past behind
Dance in the light
Give Thanks

Anonymous January 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM  

love it. regards, fiveloaf.

Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM  

I could take a lot of guidance from this piece, for sure.

Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 4:36 AM  

A poetic reminder to make the best of what we have - nicely done.

Abruvanamedsly January 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM  

the right attitude is your anchor

the best is yet to come

claim and embrace your bliss

...indeed. Felt.

Bing Yap January 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM  

anthonynorth, Stormcat Poetry, Cressida, fiveloaf, jack, rowantaw, Abruvanamedsly-
Thanks to all of you for the kind words and for the appreciation.♥

Bing Yap January 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM  

anthonynorth, Stormcat Poetry, Cressida, fiveloaf, jack, rowantaw, Abruvanamedsly-
Thanks to all of you for the kind words and for the appreciation.♥

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect. It means you decide to see beyond the imperfections.

"Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward to the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage and confidence." ~ Og Mandino

If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting, but I would have to decline, for life would no longer teach me anything.
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