100 Words: The Germ


She had heard that this germ could be caught. She was not very sure of the details. But somewhere deep within she had the means to fight it. Every time it threatened to creep up and catch her unawares, she found resources to tackle it. It didn’t matter what the price was – she was not going to get infected.

However, as she grew older her defenses crumbled. Fighting this virus was costing her too much.

It wasn’t worth it. She succumbed. She caught the germ.   The germ of happiness.  Now there’s no turning back. She’s L-positive. Happy for life.



For years, I found ways not to be happy. Somewhere deep within my psyche there was a resistance to happiness. With the passing of time and painful experiences that forced me to grow, I began to stop resisting happiness. As Pearl Buck said: Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Are you resisting happiness?

May you be inspired – every day!

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  1. Jodi says

    Yep! It’ll be right there waiting until you say yes to it! Best to say yes sooner rather than later!

  2. says

    Corinne, we should all be so lucky as to catch this germ! ha! I do not resist happiness. On the contrary, I embrace it. With every fiber of my being. Because I know it’s transitory and fleeting. And because it’s our right as divine beings to be content. I’m so glad you no longer resist happiness. I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you, my friend! :)

    • says

      Such a beautiful comment, Bella – it had to be yours! Yes, we must embrace happiness with all of our being. I’ve learned to glean happiness from the ‘worst’ of situations and it’s amazing how it changes our perspective on things! Everyone deserves happiness, dear Bella! ♥

  3. says

    That’s one germ that I need to hold on to! Many say that happiness is a choice and I’m beginning to believe that they are correct. Thanks for spreading the germ sweet sister!

  4. says

    I want to be infected too! What a beautiful story, Corinne. I think we all resist happiness. I know I do. Whenever I am happy I have this fear that it will be taken away from me and in so doing I ruin those moments of happiness.

    • says

      I used to be that way too, Rimly. In fact, whenever I was happy I would think of terrible things that could happen to make me ‘come back to earth’! Now I’ve learnt that I don’t have to pay a price for happiness – it’s available for free, if I choose to have it!

  5. says

    I truly enjoyed this 😀 I recently contracted a virus (I hope it gets quarantined before I pass it to others)…

    If it’s the germ of happiness then I wish to have it :P… You’re really good at 100 words BS 😀

  6. Jan Neel says

    This is so great, I did fight happiness, I have written of it on one blog post or another, I didn’t feel as though I had a right to be happy. I fought long and hard to stay miserable, what WAS I thinking????I love to smile I love to see the smiles of others….Life is a joy!

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