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01 June 2017 @ 01:42 pm

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. use it. Dwell in possibility. – Oprah Winfrey

This life that you’re living – well it’s yours.  It’s not your mother’s life, or your father’s.  It’s not your spouse’s or significant other’s.  It belongs to you, and so do the choices you make.  This is your life to do with what you want.  You are not obligated to live out the dreams of anybody else.  You get to chose your own path, it is not only your right, it is, as the quote says, a privilege.  Don’t get so caught up in living the life that others have chosen for you.  Instead, search your heart, and figure out what you want, and go for it.  It may not happen today, and it may not happen tomorrow, but if it’s your choice, it’s worth working toward.  This is the only life we get, so we owe it to ourselves to make it the best one possible, and the best way to do that is to make it your life.  Your choices, your decisions.  Who knows what amazing things could happen.  The possibilities are endless, but to explore them, you have to choose your path.

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

31 May 2017 @ 07:41 am

Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe. – Claudia Black

I talk a lot about listening to your inner voice, and trusting your intuition.  I talk about it a lot, but sadly, I don’t do it as often as I should, which is a shame.  When I look back at things that have happened in my life that haven’t gone well, I often find that my instincts were saying do something different, or don’t trust that person.  Inevitably, when I look back, I find that my intuition was always waving it’s arms and saying, “Danger Will Robinson, danger!”  We have this inner voice for a reason.  Bazillions of years ago, it was there to warn us not to walk on that deceptively solid looking ground that  was actually quicksand, or telling us not to go in the cave where the saber tooth tiger lived.  Well there are no saber tooth tigers any more, and most of us don’t in an environment where quicksand is prevalent.  We do, however live in a world where there are situations which can impact us negatively or there are people who are willing to step on us to get to what they want.  That inner voice is still there, warning you about them.  Listen to that voice, trust it, and don’t doubt it.  It’s there to help you, and it will if you’ll just listen.

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

30 May 2017 @ 07:04 am

True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her. –  Zig Ziglar

This quote speaks to me on so many levels.  As an educator, I spend my days trying to lead students in the right directions.  Sometimes it’s a bit like trying to herd cats!  However, every once in a while, I find success and I help a student make a good choice, or even better find the path that leads them to an incredible future.  Those are the times my heart simply sings!  It’s not just teachers who have this chance to help people find their path, and at the same time find joy from themselves.  Look around you, chances to help people are everywhere.  When you help someone else find the right path, not only do you help them, but you help yourself find real joy and happiness.  So take the time to look around and help those around you.  The benefits to them are great but the benefits to you are immeasurable!

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

29 May 2017 @ 04:38 pm

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing. –Eva Young

Having a plan is a great thing.  99% of the time, if you’re going to do something, having a plan is good – great even.  However, if you get too caught up in the planning, you may never get to the executing of that plan.  Let’s be honest, we plan because we want things to go well.  That make sense.  However, no matter how much you plan, things are NOT going to be perfect.  That’s just not the way it works.  Think about weddings and other formal events you may have organized.  No matter what contingencies you planned for, something always goes wrong.  It may be big, it may be small, but it happens.  The thing is, most of the time, the only person that noticed, was you.  So make your plan, and then just go for it.  Take the chance and see what great and amazing things will happen!

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

25 May 2017 @ 11:00 am

It is not the easy or convenient life for which I search, but life lived to the edge of all I may be.  – Mary Anne Radmacher

OK, let’s be 100% honest, I am searching for an easy or convenient life.  Seriously, who isn’t?  Of course we want things to be easy and convenient.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t strive to be the best that you can be, either.  I don’t necessarily think those two things are mutually exclusive.  If my dishwasher broke, and I had to do the dishes by hand, that wouldn’t push me to be a better person and accomplish more.  It would just make me cranky because I had to wash the dishes by hand.  Having conveniences, or living a life of ease doesn’t mean you’re not going to push yourself to accomplish more.  It just means you may have access to some things that other people don’t have.  The drive and determination to be all that you can be, that comes from inside of you.  It doesn’t come from having things, and it doesn’t come not having things.  So if you have “things,” that’s great, and if you don’t, that’s okay too.  Still strive to be the best person you can be.

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

24 May 2017 @ 07:54 am

In human affairs there are efforts and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. – James Allen

This is a very long and convoluted way of saying, you get out of it what you put into it.  It’s a pretty basic life lesson, but it’s one so many seem to be missing.  I see it every day in school; kids think they deserve everything, and they don’t think they need to put forth any effort to get it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard kids say “Oh Mr. So and So gave me a D.”  No, the teacher did not GIVE you a D, you earned it.  This doesn’t just happen in school, it happens in life too.  So many people think they deserve something for nothing, and a lot of times, they get something for nothing.   There are plenty of people who receive public assistance who need it, and then there are those who use their career.  I can’t tell you the number of students I’ve urged to work hard in school so they can go to college or trade school and get a good job, only to be told that it’s no big deal, they’re going to collect welfare or SSI.  It breaks my heart because to me, there is nothing more satisfying than putting forth your best effort and seeing the end result.  Take pride in yourself, and in your work and put forth the effort and what you get back will amaze you.

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

23 May 2017 @ 08:01 pm

If you do not understand my silence you will not understand my words. – Anonymous.

I had a friend when I was younger.  She and I just got each other.  Our conversations consisted of looks, and half finished sentences that left those around us confused.  Many of us have that kind of friend.  You don’t have to talk all the time, you don’t have to be doing anything, you can just be.  It would be nice if everybody could be that way.  If they knew how we felt even when we didn’t tell them.  The thing is, there is no secret skill to this.  Pay attention to the people in your life.  Focus on them, really pay attention.  You should have a fairly decent idea of how they’re feeling without them telling you – and they should be doing the same.  We really need to take some time to focus on the people around us, and make that connection, because if you don’t, you’re never really going to understand them.

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

22 May 2017 @ 10:43 am

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “Thank You,” that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart


The initial reaction of so many people when they read this, is “I don’t have any reason to be thankful.”  Here’s the thing, you do have so many things to be grateful for.  The fact that your alive is a huge one.  You’re reading this?  Great, that means you can read, and that is something to be grateful for.  Now on the surface you might think those are pretty stupid things to be grateful for.  First, they’re not stupid, but second, once you start thinking about things to be grateful for, you start finding more and more.  Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal of positive thinking.  When you are thankful, or grateful, you are happier.  It makes you healthier (and yes, there are actual studies about this).  It makes you more personable,  it boosts your self-esteem and it just makes you feel better about yourself and the world around you.  Seriously, the list of benefits from being grateful or thankful goes on and on.  It’s such a little thing….giving thanks for what you have, but the benefits are immeasurable.  So start expressing your thanks for who you are and what you have, and reap the benefits of a life filled with gratitude and thanks.

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

21 May 2017 @ 07:05 pm

Listen to your heart. It knows all things. – Paulo Coelho

Sorry  this is so late, I was supposed to do it Friday, but life got ahead of me.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  So here we go, better late than never.  What does it mean to listen to your heart?  For me, I’m equating your heart to your conscience, intuition, or that little voice inside of you that knows things.  It’s usually right – annoyingly right when you’ve chosen not to listen to it.  But take a second and think about that voice, and the times you’ve listened to it, and worse, the times you didn’t.  How did things work out for you?  Probably not too great.  So when you’re faced with a decision, big or small, and you’re weighing your options take a second to check in with that inner voice and see what it has to say.

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

18 May 2017 @ 07:52 pm

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. – Napoleon Hill

I really had to think about this quote today – which is why this blog post is so late.  I don’t really think that I’ve achieved anything great.  So if I follow that thought process, that must mean I’m not willing to sacrifice, and I am selfish.  That saddened me, because I don’t like thinking that I’m a selfish person.  Then, I did some more thinking, and I realized that I was equating great achievement with money and fame.  I’m a teacher, I’m NEVER going to make oodles of money, and while I may be a bit selfish (especially when it comes to chocolate), I am not super selfish, and to some extent, I’ve made sacrifices.  Then I really started thinking about achievement – and what that means.  That’s when it dawned on me, as a teacher, and a parent, I’ve achieved some really amazing things.  I am influencing the next generation, and they are capable of accomplishing great things.  I’ve influenced musicians, and actors, scientists, business people and educators.  I may not have achieved “greatness,” but the life of someone I touched most certainly will, and that is pretty cool.

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