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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. Journey of Life Journey of Life May 23, 2012

    Sometimes … sometimes … but most of the time I can’t resist it since naturally I am a happy person …

  2. Jodi Jodi May 23, 2012

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

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Absolutely, Jodi! The faster we get happy the better for us and the whole human race. πŸ™‚

  3. Rachel Rachel May 23, 2012

    L-Positive. I love that! Great, great story. πŸ™‚

  4. Laina Laina May 23, 2012

    I love this! How creative, and yes I caught the happiness germ! Woo hoo πŸ˜€

  5. Bella Bella May 23, 2012

    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! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      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! β™₯

  6. femmefrugality femmefrugality May 23, 2012

    I’ve done this at various times in my life. I’m learning to just let the “illness” take over, though. πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      I’m so glad for you that you’re letting happiness take over, Brynne.

  7. Leah Leah May 23, 2012

    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!

  8. Sayantan Sayantan May 22, 2012

    The germ is so contagious Corrine…thanks for spreading it across! God bless!

  9. Nikky44 Nikky44 May 22, 2012

    You know Corrinne? I’m certainly now a BIG fan of the 100 words post!!! I love it!!

  10. Janaki Nagaraj Janaki Nagaraj May 22, 2012

    Lovely…I feel infected too πŸ™‚

  11. Myrna Myrna May 22, 2012

    Nice. I already got the bug, I’m L-positive. I hope it’s an epidemic.

    Good writing Corinne!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      I’m glad you caught it too, Myrna. Yes let’s hope it’s an epidemic.

  12. rimly rimly May 22, 2012

    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.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      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!
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  13. Sandra Tyler Sandra Tyler May 22, 2012

    Gosh, I’m like that too. I get happy for a moment then I quickly remind myself of all the things I can worry about:)

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      I used to be that way, Sandra. Thankfully, I’ve trained my mind to think happy πŸ™‚

  14. Sigrid Rogowski Sigrid Rogowski May 22, 2012

    Thanks for the post Corrine. You made my day.

  15. Punam J R Punam J R May 22, 2012

    I have caught TOO many of those germs.. GOD save me now.. from infecting everyone else.. with them!! Atisssssssssshhhhoooo!!! There u go! πŸ™‚

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Be careful, you might get quarantined, Punam πŸ˜‰ Meanwhile, keep spreading the germs!!

      • Punam J R Punam J R May 26, 2012

        Pray!! Why would someone want to quarantine me??? These are good germs. Ohhh yeahh, I forgot those who left behind.. he he.. those who can’t bear to see me happy happy.. πŸ˜›
        Thanks to you, Corinne for such a wonderful write up.

  16. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando May 22, 2012

    This has so infected me! πŸ™‚ What a positive post, Corinne!

  17. Jenn Jenn May 22, 2012

    What a fun 100 word post! Great job with this πŸ™‚ Cheers, Jenn.

  18. melissa melissa May 22, 2012

    I truly enjoyed this πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€

  19. The Social Frog The Social Frog May 22, 2012

    Great post! I think sometimes I do but it is rare.

  20. Jan Neel Jan Neel May 22, 2012

    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!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues May 26, 2012

      Thank you, Jan. Yes, I too didn’t think I deserved to be happy and so the attempt to fight it. I’m glad you and I have realized differently and yes – life is a JOY β™₯

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