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Well I wondered what April would bring, and as in an earlier post there have been many blessings this month. Not just for me, but for others I know. But, April 30th was the first day of my new part time job. And, there is the possibility of making it into something special, for me and for the company. Time will tell, but for now I am grateful for another new beginning and the joy of another step on my journey.

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This special post by Barbara fits right in with my 2012 theme of Gratitude, Joy, and Attitude.  Love the positive mind and spirit…exactly my thoughts.

What can I do?

I’ve seen a lot of things on the internet recently, either articles or postings, that seem to be drenched in fear and the need to spread it. I don’t know if people are just focusing on the negative to a point that they fear everything and anything, or if I’m just noticing it in contrast to how I live my life. Trust me, I am realistic and not living a Pollyanna life. I know there is economic crisis, corruption, wars, and evil in the hearts and acts of mankind.

But I also know there is goodness, justice, kindness, and love. I subscribe to focusing on and changing that which is in my power. For example, I have no way to stop the Illuminati from taking over the world (if it exists or if they haven’t already). I cannot tell or affect if aliens are on their way to attack, abduct, or destroy. Nor can I suddenly make religions and countries change their beliefs and interactions with each other. I cannot make politicians be honest or corrupt men change their hearts. And I surely can do nothing if the world is going to end in Dec. 2012 as so many predict and believe.

But I assure you, there is plenty that I can do that actually makes a difference. I can be kind to my neighbors. I can teach my children right from wrong. I can be generous with my time, talent, and treasure. I can encourage the sad and love the lonely. I can forgive those who hurt me and end grudges that I may carry. I can (and do) pray to God and trust in his love. I can make a difference in my life, in my friends’ and family’s lives, and I can influence those that I come in contact with every day.

I read once that there are 365 versions of “fear not” in the Bible – one for each day of the year. Since that book influences me and my life, I find comfort in the fact that there is enough hope and protection to cover my every day. And if I should fall victim to aliens, the Illuminati, or the other evils in the world that people spend their time and energy to purvey, well, I know who wins in the end.

In the meantime, let us pick up our hope and our faith. Let us act in ways that make the world we touch a better place. Let our light shine brighter than the darkness that surrounds. And let us be blessed!

GO TO BARBARA’S BLOG AND LEAVE HER A COMMENT  http://mightyinspiration.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/what-can-i-do/#comment-154

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River Seridó
River Seridó (Photo credit: grungepunk2010)

Thank you God for the many blessings in my life, and the joy that has filled me up as I walked out of past struggles with your guidance.

I live to walk the path you want for me, and need to KNOW only your voice, your whispers to guide my every step, every thought, word, and action throughout each day. Keep me on the right path ~ to step confidently over each rock across the river, over any narrow road, any times where I cannot see where I’m going, and guide me to choose the right way in any fork in the path.

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I think I need to change this year’s topic from Gratitude, Attitude, and Joy ~ to ~ GRATITUDE, JOY, AND ATTITUDE.  I realize that when I am grateful and joyful, my attitude is so positive.  

Yes it is seven days since last I wrote…shame on me J  To my defense; I was away for a few days…in the place of my special JOY.

Reedy River Water Fall - Autumn 2011 by Ann Marquette

I was in Greenville, SC where I attended a TEDxGreenville Salon (a monthly meeting).  The topic of this one was…

“The Wisdom of Youth”

Details: Who says our youth aren’t ready to take on the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century? Come meet and learn from a roomful of “HeadStrong” 18-and-unders here in Greenville whose ideas and actions are already shaping our community and our world.

After listening to the teens that night I was filled with gratitude and joy for their bravery in stepping out of their box and walking into the path of their dreams…taking actions to make them happen.  They improved my attitude about teens and I feel very proud of them.  Thanks Ben Riddle for being a leader with your peers.  Great job, all of you.

The rest of my time in Greenville on this occasion was meeting up with friends, including meeting 2 of them face to face for the first time.  What a delight.  It seems each time I am there, my schedule gets busier, more like I am already living there.

Not only is Greenville HOME to me, but when there, I and filled with peace, energy, inspiration, motivation and a sense of endless possibilities.  I am grateful and joyful for God guiding me to this place where all these feelings/sensations improve my attitude to a much higher space.

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I love Friday the 13th  It has been a wonderful few days since I wrote last. Here are my latest GRATITUDES AND JOYS.

Monday the 9th…Actually on Friday the 6th my brother and I got an offer on mother’s house in Michigan. After a couple of counter offers back and forth we all agreed on one this past Monday the 9th. I am sure our gratitude and joy could be felt between us, from me here in Georgia all the way to him in Michigan and back. My brother signed the contract which was created by our agent and faxed to buyer’s agent.

Tuesday the 10th ~ through today. The contract was signed by the buyer, home inspection done and after reading the report the buyer accepted house as is. She then met with her mortgage representative and they have requested the appraisal to be done. Thank God everything is moving along wonderfully.

In the middle of all this great news is the blessing of many friends who are so happy for us, and continuing to pray for an easy breezy finish to this process and a successful closing.

A couple of days this week it was cloudy and raining. Instead of feeling down for lack of the bright sunshine, I changed my attitude to one of gratitude for the benefits of the rain; and imagined myself as the ray of sunshine because I am a child of God and loved by Him. Joy filled my heart.

I love hearing from others of blessings they have received. One of my friends who is fighting foreclosure got word this week from her bank that she is on a three-month trial period to paying on time the amount they have set, after which she signs some document she hopes will mean that her new lower payments are for the life of the mortgage. That will be awesome news for her and I trust she will be specially blessed. She is a good person and works hard to do the right things.

Another friend I heard from this week told me she and her husband finally got a buyer for their house in Florida, enough to cover what they owe on the mortgage.

The last few days have been freezing cold, and this morning there was snow flurries, so small it was more like a misty snow fall. It lasted about a half hour, and then the sun came out for the rest of the day. It was a blessed day, this Friday the 13th.

A special thank you to Julie Catherine whose blog post yesterday “Writing to Your Inner Tune” has inspired me to think about my own writing, and to look deep inside myself to write true to myself. Thanks Julie. Check out her post and follow this wonderful writer and artist. http://juliecatherinevigna.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/writing-to-your-inner-tune/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2

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Yesterday (Sat. Jan. 8th)…It was wet and cloudy most of today. I could have let it make me feel low, but my attitude was

Rain, Rainy weather

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gratitude for the rain and the quiet day.

I am grateful for a wonderful hairdresser who always gives me great cuts, including the one yesterday.

Someone close to me, kind of hurt my feelings, but I know the words, nor was the tone meant to hurt me. So, my attitude was “this feeling will pass.” 🙂 But, the circumstances got me thinking.

As there are major changes, for the good, going to come about in the somewhat near future I realize that with those changes will come some sadness. I know the sadness will pass as the joy and gratitude in the changes take over.

I feel underlying changes taking place within myself and others in my life. This has happened before prior to some major changes.

Overall it was a good day.

Today (Sun. Jan 9th)…Again it is rainy. Strange how the chemistry in many of us creates a less than happy feeling. It has been proven that gray cloudy days, not enough brighter light makes people sad. Today I tell myself that there is so much to be grateful for, including the benefit of the rain to nourish our earth and give us water, that my attitude is more one of joy today.

One of the special blessings today was sharing in the birthday celebrations of a friend with her family. Her Dad is also a good cook and great at making homemade soups.
Today was a yummy chicken soup. There was so much left over that each of his two daughters’ families were given leftovers to take home and some for me as well.
At 3pm today I had another bowl of that delicious soup and it actually made my spirit smile.

Tonight my Joy was meeting a good friend for dinner then coffee at Starbucks and a ramble through Barnes and Noble.

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I’ve been working on my list of goals for this year and timelines to accomplish them. Some are ongoing so it only means scheduling the time to work on them.

Two of my goals are writing projects. The first one is finishing book two in the Little One series. The other is my blog for this year. There are other goals on my list, but right now I want to talk about the blog goal.

I decided to have a particular theme to write about this year and hope that most of my readers will participate.

It has been a tough three years for millions in this country. I have been attending networking meetings and see people who are strained under the weight of trying to find a job and all the ripple effects of being out of work for a long time. They are stressed with feelings of guilt, anxiety, sadness; some become depressed.

A growing issue is the number of suicides committed, for a variety of reasons …depression caused by many things such as bullying, feelings of rejection and not being loved; loss of jobs, homes, unable to feed family and self. This has become an epidemic.

This is the time to turn things around for the better by being grateful for the blessings, and finding the JOYS in our lives.

It is important for us to take time out from the job search, the other busy stuff we do and spend QUIET QUALITY time with God, to allow his peace to wash over us. In order to do this, we need to turn off the TV, radio, our phones, and especially the computer. Many of us spend too much time on emails. Just walking away from the computer is of no use, because subconsciously we’re listening for that sound which tells us “You’ve Got Mail.” 🙂 We need to take quality time; time to rest, to do something good for ourselves. A couple times a day, take 15-20 minutes to get quiet and relax every part of your being. You will be amazed how much better your day will be for doing this.

We need to get in the habit of each day remembering things we are grateful for…

Today, I am grateful for another day to thank God for his blessings of a roof over my head, the ability to pay my bills and feed myself, for the beautiful sunshine, for my health, hearing my brother’s voice on the phone.

WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?

And, take the time to make a list of those things which bring you JOY.
After my first book was published I read the book “Shine ~A powerful 4-step plan for becoming a star in anything you do” by Larry Thompson.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_tc_2_0?rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3ALarry+Thompson&keywords=Larry+Thompson&ie=UTF8&qid=1325808516&sr=1-2-ent&field-contributor_id=B001HMRPLC  In the book he suggests writing a list of things we’ve done, accomplished, and/or experienced. You may think you won’t remember much, but once you get started the memories keep coming. It is surprising how many good things have happened in our lives…some may be huge, and some may be small simple things. But all the same, these are things to remember when we don’t feel so good about ourselves or our circumstances. It is good to write them down and put the list on the refrigerator, or your bathroom mirror, any place you look at everyday to remind yourself.

As a start, a few of my special JOYS are:
My Brother
Spending time with friends
Writing
And, being by the river and waterfall, listening to the sound of water at my favorite resting spot along the Reedy River in Greenville, SC 🙂

WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?

Let us share what brings us joy, what we are grateful for, and our attitudes will be positive. It will help us to remember other things that make us happy when we share.

Join me for a year of GRATITUDE, ATTITUDE, AND JOY.

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