Few Grains of Happiness

So few grains of happiness, measured against all the dark, and still the scales balance. The world asks of us only the strength we have and we give it. Then it asks more, and we give it. — Jane Hirshfield, The Weighing.

I was sent the above today, and I took it as a sign to pass it on. We all have dark times, but Hirshfield is right. A few grains of happiness brings light to our day. Maybe, we should focus on the happiness a lot more and a little less on the dark.

The second line reminds me of one of my favorite quotes. “The good Lord never gives you a load you can’t tote.” We have all been given a load to carry from time to time, but somehow, someway, we carry it the distance we are asked.

The third line reminds me of all my football coaches. During practice or a game we are pushed to the limit, asked to give 100%, and then when we think we can give no more we are called on to give a little bit more. The great ones somehow find a way to do exactly that.

For many, these are dark times help your self and others find happiness in the darkness. When you or your neighbor is asked to bear an incredible load remind him/her/ yourself the load is never too heavy. And when one more straw is added to your back don’t let it bring you down, you can always carry a little bit more.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


  1. Webb- My neighbor with the paralyzed 17 yo boy stated that this type of comment was least appreciated of all the words that people use to sooth suffering such as this. Often times, I feel that a presence without words is best>

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