Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Happy


The picture was taken in my backyard this week.
On Oprah yesterday I was so touched by the interview with Roger Ebert.
This quote from his journal was read by his wife.  It's one every person can live by:


"I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and I am happy that I lived long enough to find it out."

24 comments:

Deanna said...

Blessings to you and may you have a sweet week!
The flower is so pretty and I am ready to see more of these with our Spring coming. We have some green shooting up through the soil.
Get excited. It's been a long winter here in Kansas.
God bless,
d

Adrienne said...

Wonderful! I have one and a half daffodils in my yard - total. Yours is gorgeous.
~Adrienne~

Jeanne said...

I watched it too and was so touched
I posted that on Facebook yesterday
We are always on the same page
I love you
I love your daffodil.
Big hugs
Jeanne

Coleen said...

oh, that quote touched my heart...I am sorry i missed the show...I will post the quote on FaceBook,too..

Heart Hugs,
Coleen

Susan said...

daffodils at last !

Christine LeFever said...

Utter perfection. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Pam said...

Now that is a refreshing pic if I've ever seen one! Ours here are still covered with snow. Gorgeous pic!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

This quote is going up on my wall and will serve as my guiding principle.

Thank you!

I am loving that your spring is just that much ahead of ours - you're providing such wonderful preview!

PeggyR said...

Oh my gosh are you lucky! We can't even see ground yet, but snow is melting and sun is out today.

CindyW said...

I never watch Oprah, but Roger Ebert drew me to the show yesterday. He and his wife have such a deep love -- it was beautiful to watch them together. I was actually tearing up with her when she got to hear his voice again (via computer).

Susan said...

Marilyn, I saw that interview with Roger Ebert. He was smiling with his eyes, for sure. I am happy to be able to read that quote again. Thank you, and enjoy the pretty daffodils.

Cozy Little House said...

That is so beautiful. And right now it touches me in a way that I can't even describe. It fits what I'm feeling on this day. I thank you for that.
Brenda

beth said...

wasn't he {and his wife} just wonderful on oprah...what a love story they have and when she was eating alone in the dining room so he couldn't see her...oh my heart just broke !

Lady Prism said...

*If there is one unpretentious happy flower I have seen, then that yellow beauty from your backyard is surely it!

And what the fine Mr.Ebert has said is indeed the only truth to be observed.*

* A good happy day to you!*

Mary Jane said...

Happy Spring to you, Marilyn. Thank you for sharing this bit of sunshine.

Roger and his wife were indeed inspirational. We all have so very much to be happy about and thankful for if we just look.

Duchess of Tea said...

Marilyn darling love your daff and the quote so true darling, happiness is life is everything, health and happiness. Darling, I popped in to personally thank you for the sweet birthday wishes you left for Christopher. We are both ever so grateful for you kindness.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

parTea lady said...

Your daffodil photo is lovely. The few we have are not in flower yet. Thanks for the great Roger Ebert quote too.

dutchbaby said...

Thank you for this important reminder. It's striking to think of making ourselves unhappy as a crime, but it truly is.

Sherry said...

What a beautiful quote. Spoken by someone who has lived through some of the worst and experienced some of the best.

Mary said...

I missed the interview but know it must have been quite heart-wrenching to see. It makes one thankful for each day even with wrinkles and age spots!!

I picked my first bunch of daffodils this week - and then bought tulips at the store, just be to surrounded by some semblance of Spring.

Angela McRae said...

This sounds like you could have written it, because you are definitely living it!

Jakki said...

Now THAT is a quote to live by...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful yellow daffodil! My second favorite flower! I miss them, they don't grow in FL.

I also watched this Oprah show and enjoyed this quote from his journal.

Lucky you to be attending a St. Patrick's Day Tea Party! I hope you take lots of pictures to post!

Katherine

CindyW said...

I just read a wonderful article about Roger Ebert, from the perspective of a journalist who was mentored by Roger Ebert. It was an interesting and touching followup to the Oprah appearance:

http://deadspin.com/5482198/my-roger-ebert-story?skyline=true&s=i


It ends with on this note, "as you watch Ebert on Oprah this week and see him, ready for his closeup, the center of the world at last, if you wonder to yourself, "They're making him into some sort of saint. Is he really that nice of a guy?" ... just know that, yes, he really is that nice of a guy. But more than that, he's a wonderful, soulful writer who is better, and more devoted, than just about anyone in the game."