The Bluebird of Happiness – Retreat Part 3 of 3

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The “Sisters Keeper” project was boosted with donations of blocks during the retreat.  This is an ongoing project and block donations are accepted at any time.  It’s a good way to use your leftover fabric and provide a service.

Kay presented a devotional about finding happiness.  She created a beautiful bluebird for each retreater.  Here are some highlights from the devotional:

Stashing Sisters - Bluebird of Happiness

Happiness is something we all desire. It’s been said that happiness is a choice, but often there are things that make it difficult for us to make that choice. There are times when things occur in our lives that overwhelm us and our emotions take over or our body chemistry is changed by trauma and we really don’t have complete control. But like the sand in an oyster being covered over by a pearl, time does return us to the point where we can make the choice to be happy. Remember that anger, sadness, etc. are also choices.
THE BLUEBIRD OF HAPPINESS is the prize in a fairy tale by Maeterlinck.  A woodcutter’s children are sent out by a fairy to search the world for the Bluebird of Happiness. The children visit the ends of the earth but only when they return home do they discover that the Bluebird has been there the whole time.
Happiness comes from an unselfish life, without thought or motive of reward.  When we wake up in the morning and hear the birds singing, it is a reminder that each day is a new beginning. Each day we are given the opportunity to be cheerful and bring some sunshine into the lives of others.
  • The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. (Allan Chalmers)
  • In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of greater importance. (Dieter F. Uchtdorf)
  • Scars remind us of where we have been. They shouldn’t dictate where we’re going.

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