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05 May 2016 @ 07:35 am

Everything I do, I do to make my heart sing. ~ Michael E. Angier

What do you do that gives you joy?  When I came across this quote, I liked it and thought this would be an easy blog post to write, but guess what, it isn’t.  In fact, it’s pretty darn hard.  I thought I did all sorts of things that make my heart sing and fill me with joy, but I really don’t.  I don’t know that heart singany of us really do.  Sure I do things that make me happy.  I enjoy reading, and spending time with friends, and of course my kids.  Those are all things that make me happy. Happiness is good, but joy is even better. Don’t think I’m downplaying happiness, because I’m not.  Happiness is awesome and I hope everybody is happy!  But happiness isn’t joy. I think joy comes when we stop thinking about ourselves.  It can come when you’re giving of yourself completely to help somebody else, or it can come when you’re sitting in a field watching a bird take flight.  It can be found when you’re watching the awesome power of a thunderstorm, or skiing down a mountain.  I think that’s when you experience real joy and your heart sings, when you stop thinking about yourself and you just are.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
04 May 2016 @ 08:00 am

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps. – David Lloyd George

We’ve all heard the expression, take a leap of faith, and while it’s hard to do, sometimes it’s the only option.  When I was really young, there was a EKdaredevil called Evel Knievel, and one of his stunts was to try and jump across Snake River Canyon on his motorcycle.  I’m quite sure that when he was planning that jump, he didn’t say, “Well, I’ll try and jump halfway across and from there, finish it out.”  That wouldn’t have worked and he would have ended up in the river.  He went out all out made the one giant leap.  There are lots of times in life where you have to make that one big giant step when everything in you is saying don’t go all out.   Be bold, be daring, be courageous and take that leap.  You have no idea what amazing things could be waiting for you on the other side!

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
03 May 2016 @ 07:28 am

Don’t let the regrets of yesterday destroy the hopes of tomorrow. – Joel Osteen

How many of us can look back on our lives and say we have no regrets?  I’m guessing that number is pretty low – close to zero actually.  I dislike generalizations, but I feel pretty confident in saying that most all of us have things we regret.  That’s human nature.  Regrets stink, but they’re a fact of regretslife.  We do something, we mess up, we feel badly about it.  Sometimes though, we get so caught up in our regrets that they immobilize us – we can’t move past them.  That’s not a great thing.  We can’t get so caught up in the past and in our regrets that we can’t move forward and look to tomorrow.  No matter what has happened in your past, chances are somebody else has made a similar mistake and survived, and you can and will to.  So don’t dwell on yesterday, pack away the regrets and look forward to what is coming tomorrow.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
02 May 2016 @ 08:56 am

Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win;  you were born for greatness;  you were created to be a champion in life. – Joel Osteen

It’s easy to become complacent, and to travel the path of least resistance.  It’s kind of like driving down the highway and being in the flow of traffic.  trophyYou’re just there, keeping pace with everybody else.  But the fact of the matter is, you are an amazing individual, and you don’t need to go with the flow.  You were born to stand out, born to achieve greatness.  It’s not easy thought.  Honestly it’s far easier to go along with what everyone else is doing and just stick with the status quo.  But is that what you want?  Do you want to be like everybody else, or do you want to live up to your potential greatness?  Take a chance, take a risk and reach for the greatness!

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
29 April 2016 @ 06:43 am

Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. – Daphne Rose Kingma

It’s only natural to want to hold on to things in our lives.  We treasure our memories, we hold on to keepsakes from past events, and boy oh boy, do we futurehold on to grudges.  I’m not opposed to holding on to treasured memories, but you can’t hold on to them so tightly that you can’t reach out and grab the future.  The future is out there, and you have the power to make it a great one, but not if you keep yourself mired in the past.  Open yourself up to the new and wonderful things that are coming your way.  Don’t try and recreate the past in what is coming.  The past is just that, the past.  Treasure the memories of the past, but don’t dwell on them and don’t live in the past.  Dust them off every now and again and visit them, but then put them away and move ahead.  Look forward to what is coming, and know that you have, in you, the ability to make it the most wonderful adventure ever.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
 
28 April 2016 @ 06:18 am

Happiness is never decreased by being shared – Buddha

When you have a batch of cookies, and you share them, you inevitably have fewer cookies.  You will probably make people happy by sharing the buddhacookies, but you’ll still have fewer cookies.  The really cool thing, is that when you share happiness, it doesn’t decrease, in fact, it INCREASES.  In fact, the more happiness you share, the more happiness you have and the more happiness you have to share.  Happiness is really cool like that.  It’s a lot like love, in fact.  The more you have and the more you share, the more you have to give and share.  So take that happy mood of yours and share it with those around you and watch the happiness grow exponentially! Factor in a batch of chocolate chip cookies and watch that happiness factor REALLY take off 🙂

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
27 April 2016 @ 07:22 am

selfimp With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Life can, for lack of a better phrase, suck sometimes.  You can have days that totally bring you down.  But you want to know what’s really great, is those days end, and in the morning, it’s a new day.  With new days come new thoughts, new attitudes and success. And even if the yuckiness of the day before tries to invade your new day, just reach down into your inner strength and remind yourself that you are so much stronger than anything that life tries to throw at you.  Marshall that strength and rise above and make the new day a better day.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
26 April 2016 @ 07:38 am

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

Unless your life is perfect, and who among us has an absolute perfect life, you will have some challenges in your life.  Some will be bigger than others, challengesand some, well some are going to seem insurmountable.  I don’t necessarily know that I totally agree with the quote about challenges make life interesting, but I think they are there for a purpose.  They make us stronger and help us to learn to rely on our inner strength and fortitude.  We are a very capable species, and we can handle anything that life throws at us.  It’s when we come out on the other side that we realize just how strong we are and how much our struggles have added to our lives.  And honestly, I think we appreciate the outcome just a little bit more and it makes the victory that much more sweeter.  The mature attitude would be to look at each challenge we face and know that we’ll be better for them in the long run, but I’m not super mature!  I’m going to grumble and fuss as I work my way through the challenges life throws at me, and then I’ll throw one heck of a victory party when I come out on the other side!

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
25 April 2016 @ 07:28 am

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together. – Jessica Howell

So sometimes you think you have something wonderful and amazing in your life, and you think, “Hey, this is great.”  And then it all explodes and goes sometimeska-phlooey.  It sucks, it really really does.  When that happens, you have a couple of choices, you can fall into a funk and focus on how bad it is and get into a “Woe is me,” mode.  You can do that and it’s your life so you have every right to do that.  However, you can also regroup, and refocus your energies and start looking around for a way to make things better than before.  Or, maybe things will just fall together on their own, and your only job is to recognize it.  Be open to the fact that the way things were isn’t always the way things are supposed to be – as good as they may have seemed, there could be something better coming along.  If you let it.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

 
 
19 April 2016 @ 07:05 am

Learn to express rather than impress. Expressing evokes a me too attitude while impressing evokes a so what attitude. ~ E. James Rohn

As much as I like to joke that it’s all about me, it always has been and it always will be.  It really and truly isn’t.  Honestly, it’s not an attitude I usually have and it’s more of a joke than anything else.  But what I have found that on the occasion when I do try to make it all about me, whatever it is becomes an epic fail.  When I do things that are for the benefit of me and me only and may be detrimental in some ways to others, they never work out.  I can look out for my own best interest and still try to work for the greater good and those are the things that tend to work out for the best!

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.