Happiness is…

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Happiness is shutting down the glowing screen and stepping away from the wreck for just a bit and taking a barefoot walk in the grass after the rain.

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And happiness is pausing long enough to peer up into a thousand tiny branches.

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It’s sticking out your tongue and sipping up the rain from the tips of trees…

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Or letting the edges tickle your shoulder as you walk beneath.

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Happiness is stretching out and reaching up…

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To feel the world around you, so you can more fully see.

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Happiness is pressing close,

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And stooping down and leaning in to all the wild things.

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Happiness is cupping tiny cheeks in the palm of your hands and looking  into little eyes to whisper kind,

“I’m so glad you’re here. You’re a good, good kid! I’m thankful God made you.”

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Happiness is checking on the grapes…

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And discovering that they’re all plump and ripe and ready,

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And ridiculously sweet.

It’s letting summer’s sugar squirt out onto your lips and dribble down your chin.

022Happiness is plucking from the vine and showing off your cheesiest smile…

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Or your sheepish grin.

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Happiness is running with your grapes!

Because, after all, you’ve got grapes! So you should run.

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No, really. I dare you. Run with grapes.

Who couldn’t be happy doing that?

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Happiness is enjoying life and God by opening wide the eyes and heart to take it all in.

Perhaps you could use a walk, too? To see that happiness isn’t so very far away.

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