Happy As A Clam!


As I enjoyed the first cup of team this morning I had the thought…I’m as happy as a clam this morning.  Now, I’m a very curious person and I immediately thought next…wonder where that saying comes from?


I love Google, I love the internet, I love researching and finding the answers to my many questions.  I learn so much everyday and let me tell you something else…nothing squelches an heated discussion/argument faster than a google search!

Back to my original internet search this morning…Here’s what I found:
“Happy as a clam” originated from the idea that clams were happy at high tide when they were out of danger from human consumption.  Applied to people, this phrase means that someone feels safe or secure. Things are well in the world and danger is, for the moment, at a safe distance. A symbolic clamshell — perhaps made of good friends and family, financial security and similar items — contains the person well, providing protection with its virtually uncrackable hardness. As Saxe writes in his last line of his sonnet: “thy case is shocking hard!”

Okay…so yeah, that’s pretty interesting.  I was just feeling content this morning when I had the thought.  The house was quiet, boys asleep, hot cup of tea, day off from work, no where to be, no one to meet…nice, yes, very nice.

But reading about the clam at high tide gave me pause.
Safe and secure…
The world and danger is at a safe distance…

Why yes, this morning, this moment that is true.

I really do try and need to stay in the moment  because just last Monday…and the days before that…and on and off over the last couple of months, I have not felt safe and secure.  There is an ocean full of change and resulting anxiety going on in multiple areas of my life. Change is imminent…to what extent is yet to be determined.

So why is this morning peaceful and Monday was not?  I was reminded by a wise man named Darrel that NO MATTER WHAT…that as long as I had a relationship with God the rest was just details.  Doesn’t matter where I work, where I live, who lives with me (yes, my children will eventually abandon me), car I drive, etc…you get the point.  This is just a season…God willing, I’ll have other seasons.

I am uncomfortable, yes.  I am sad, yes.  But I’m also grateful (mostly) – God is SO ACTIVE in my life!  I’m being refined and growing…I’m being used in HIS Kingdom.  I’m in the game!  As my kids would say…I’m a Play-ya.

But honestly, I’m also grateful for the peace this morning.  I’m grateful to be as happy as a clam in this moment.


And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.