Monday, July 28, 2008

You Lift Me Up

I have given a lot of thought to this particular blog. A few people have visited my blog because of the name "Happiness is a Choice". I wanted to share with those that are interested the reason for the name.
I have a dear and darling little niece who is 18, and not quite a year ago she was involved in a tragic car accident where one of the people involved in this accident lost her life. My niece walked away from the accident with a few bumps, bruises and road rash. That was all that was physically wrong with her, emotionally it was another story. As anyone can imagine it has been a very difficult and challenging process trying to deal with all the emotions that have inundated her. She has bourne her trials with grace and humility and kindness. If anyone could have reason for depression and self-pity it could be her, but she has risen above that. She has always been a very happy person, very sweet and almost childlike in her ability to deal with people with an open heart and generous spirit. One of her teachers was asked to write a recommendation for a scholarship for her and he wrote the most beautiful things about my little niece all basically stating that she has had more then her share of trials for someone at such a young age and she has made the conscious choice to be Happy. What an amazing strength in one so young. She doesn't give into despair, she has taken responsibility for her own life and happiness.
Every time I feel a little let down of spirit I think about my niece and it gives me strength. I hope I can be just like her when I grow up!

6 comments:

J+S said...

What a nice tribute to pay to such an incredible gal!

Deedee said...

I always feel uplifted when I read your entries...you put into words what I often am thinking. Deedee

Heidi Ashworth said...

It's so amazing how incredible and strong the younger (youngest) generation is (are). What an inspiring story! I also believe that Happiness is a Choice. Even for those who need meds to feel better, it's still a choice you have to make if you want to be happy. It can be pretty tough.

Tara said...

Auntie,
That was awesome!!
Love you

Marivic said...

Very inspiring post. Thanks for sharing! One reason I left something for you on my blog. Please check it out when you get the chance.

lvs2dance said...

I totally agree with what you wrote about her...she is indeed a beautiful person to be around and I too always feel happy when she is in my presence