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People Not Things

If you align your priorities in such a way that puts people first, everything begins to make more sense.
~ Chalene Johnson

I had to think a LOT about this quote.  At first I was thinking put other people first, which isn’t a bad thing.  But sometimes you need to put yourself first.  But then, I got it.  People, not things.  Put people first.

People Not Things

people not thingsRight away I can hear people saying that of course they put people first.  Now I’m going to challenge you. Do you have any littles running about at home?  If you do, take a second and think about the time you spend with your littles.  And if you don’t have children, think about your spouse, significant other or even your friends.  After work it’s home to fix dinner, throw on a load of laundry, tidy the house, get the kids cleaned up and pop them into bed.  Weekends can get lost in a haze of chores.  Now I realize all those things are necessary, but once in a while it’s okay to push all that stuff away and just hang with your friends, or let grandma and grandpa watch the kids and have a date nite with your spouse.

We can get so lost in the doing and the having that we forget who we’re doing things for, or why we need to have the things.  What good is having a canoe or sailboat if you don’t spend time on it with people you care about?  Not too good at all.  Don’t get me wrong, I like having things, and I would love to have a new car, and if I picked up a second job, I could easily afford a brand new vehicle.  And my littles aren’t so little, in fact, they’re full on adults.  But guess what?  They still live at home, and I know that won’t last forever, so I’m enjoying spending time with them while I can, before they start off on their own big adventures.  So, yes, I’m choosing to focus on the people not things, because in the end, I want to be remembered for someone they loved rather than someone that just made sure we had things.

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

They Make You Stronger

The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Hard times suck, pardon my language.  But there is no doubt about that.  I don’t think anybody has ever gone through a difficult time and said “Yippee, that was fun.” But there is something good that comes from challenges, they make you stronger.  I’m going to be completely honest.  I started writing this post at about 8:00 this morning.  Things kept happening, and I had to put it aside.  No big deal, I figured I’d finish it after lunch.

they make you strongerWell today after lunch, something happened at work.  And it broke me.  I am literally shattered into a million pieces deep inside my soul.  I want nothing more than to crawl under my covers and cry for a month.  I am broken, and maybe in a few days, weeks or even months, it will make me stronger, but right now, I just hurt.

It’s funny, someone tried to point out a couple of good things that tied into all of this, and I practically bit their head off.  Logically I know the good things that have come from this.  I’ve even said a few of them out loud myself.  Are they making me feel better?  Yes and no.  I’m still broken inside, but I am reminding myself of those silver lining things.  It’s not making my world sunshine, butterflies and roses, but it is helping to put things into perspective.  And maybe in perspective is a good place to start.  And maybe soon those broken places will start to go back together, and maybe, just maybe I’ll be stronger because of it.

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

Find the Fun

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever seen the wonderful Disney movie, Mary Poppins? If not you should, but if you did, do you remember the song A Spoonful of Sugar?

find the funIn every job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job’s a game

It’s right there, the element of fun.  Find the fun, the enthusiasm, find the joy and you’ll you’ll be amazed. Think about any time,  you’ve been doing chores. When you’re dreading them and hating on them, they seem to take forever, and things go wrong and it’s just an all around blechy time.  Now think about a time when maybe you’ve been working with a friend.  You’re joking around, laughing, having a good time.  Maybe listening to some music while you work or something.  I’m betting the work went a lot easier and you accomplished a lot more.
If you’re not enthusiastic about what you’re doing, if you can’t find the fun in it or find the joy in it, your progress will be limited.  You may get it done, but that’s all.  It’ll be done.  I can’t stop thinking about an old time barn raising.  Everyone would come together and work to get the barn or whatever built.  There would be food, and fun, laughter and jokes, and probably a party at the end of the day.  They found the fun and the work went quickly and in a very short time – boom, a barn!
If you have a goal, something that you want to accomplish, you need to approach it with enthusiasm and joy.  You need to find the fun.  Find the enthusiasm and watch as you accomplish something outstanding.


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

Find Your Strength

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity. – Albert Schweitzer

I was looking at this quote this morning, and my immediate thought was I disagree, but as always, then I started to think.  Obstacles are adversity and find your strengthif you overcome them, then you obviously have the strength to do so.  But how do you initially find your strength?

Every day, you’re faced with adversity and obstacles.  Some may be big, and some are very small, but regardless of their size, they are there.  It’s how you deal with them that help you to find your strength.  Look at your obstacles and tackle them head on.  Ask for help if necessary, because in my mind, knowing that you need help is a sign of strength.

I think that the strength comes when you face your obstacles head on.  Know what you are able to do, ask for help when needed and conquer the obstacles that life tosses at you.  Every time you do, you find your strength to move forward and master what comes next.


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

Find Your Happiness

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. – Joseph Addison

While I wish I could say there was an easy peasy way to find your happiness, I have to admit, there is no one step fits all approach.  That being said, there are some basic tenents which will help you to find your happiness.

find your happinessAccording to this quote, you need something to do, something to love and something to hope for.  I don’t think that’s 100 percent accurate.  I think love is the most important thing.  If you don’t love, you’re never going to find real happiness.

Now before you get all up in arms, I’m not talking just about romantic love, though romantic love is pretty awesome.  I’m talking about love in general.  If you don’t love, or have love in your life, I think you’re life will be pretty empty.  That will make it hard to find your happiness.

So love in general.  I know, pretty vague, right?  But it’s not, I promise.  Love gives our lives purpose, and if our lives have purpose, we can find our happiness.  If you love your job, or love a friend, or love your dog, or even love your house, your car, your clothes, or even your existence, that’s the kind of love that helps you find your happiness. Am I making sense yet?

Okay back to the quote, and let’s apply the general love to it.  If you have something to do and you love it, you’re happy, right?  And if you set your sites on a goal that excites you (goal=hope, excite=love) you’re on your way finding your happiness.  And it all wraps itself up nicely in the something to love.

So yes, find, think, hope and do what you love, and you’ll find your happiness!



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

The Time is Now

Don’t wait until everything is just right…There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you grow stronger and stronger. – Mark Victor Hansen

I’m sitting here today completely exhausted from an extremely busy senior week at school, thinking about all of the things I still need to get done for

the time is now

both work, and myself and wondering how it’s going to get done. Well here’s the thing. I can spend all this time thinking about it, or I can just start doing it. There is no better time to start than right now. The time is now. Not later, not tomorrow, not next Monday or next month. The time is now and there is no better time.

Procrastination is a huge problem for me. Now there can be some benefits to delaying something a little bit while you weigh your options and figure out strategies. That can be sensible. But flat out waiting to start because you’re waiting for the perfect time. Well that’s just pointless. There is never ever going to be a perfect time, or a perfect scenario to start something. So why wait?

The thing is, life is messy, and perfectly imperfect. So if you’re waiting for the perfect opportunity to do something, you’re going to be waiting a very long time. If you want to do something, the time is now! Just summon your courage and take that first step. That’s the hardest part. But you can do it. Just don’t be afraid to start. The time is now!

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

You’re not Goldilocks

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
– Napoleon Hill

I’m sure you’re familiar with the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  This porridge is too hot.  This porridge is too cold This porridge is just right. This bed is too hard. This bed is too soft. This bed is just right.  If you’re thinking your Goldilocks, and you’re waiting for the time to be just right, I’ve you're not goldilocksgot a news flash for you.  You’re not Goldilocks, and the time is never going to be just right.  So if you’ve got something that you want to do, just do it.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t have a plan.  You need a plan; plans are important.  But you don’t want to get so caught up and committed to your plan that you never start.  It happens, and it happens a lot.  Think about dieting.  Have you ever caught yourself saying you’ll start your new diet on Monday?  Monday’s fine but what’s wrong with right now?  Just start already.  You’re not Goldilocks and it’s never ever going to be just right.

It’s the same with any goal you put in place.  Too often, you get so caught up in waiting for the perfect time to start something new, that we forget to start. Don’t lose sight of your goals by getting lost in the details.  Set the goal, develop a plan, and most important, don’t forget to start.  Remember, you’re not Goldilocks, the time is never ever going to be just right.

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

Don’t Take the Easy Way

Don’t Limit Your Challenges… Challenge Your Limits. – Anonymous

I was sitting at school today talking with some of my junior class officers about the classes they’re taking next year for their senior year.  I was blown don't take the easy wayaway by what they were telling me.  One boy is taking 5 AP classes!  One girl was concerned because she didn’t think pre-calc was going to challenge her.  To my way of thinking, your senior year is a time to relax, take some fun classes, and focus on applying for college.  According to them I am wrong, and you know what.  I am.  Don’t take the easy way!

What would our world be like if we all took the easy path.  If we didn’t challenge ourselves? Don’t take the easy way.  Push yourself. Try new things.  Set goals, meet them and set new ones.  Always keep reaching higher and higher.  Don’t say I can’t.  Say I will.  Always push your personal envelope to go further than you have before.

This is your life.  It’s the only one you get.  Do you want to just coast through it, or do you want to try and be the best you can possibly be?  Don’t take the easy way through life.  Always strive to do more and be more.

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

Let It Go And Move On

Don’t let little things take up too much room in your heart, or you’ll spend your entire life being annoyed and upset. – Karen Salmansohn

I don’t know if I’m the only person that does this, but judging from all the memes I see, I’m not.  I’ll remember something dumb that happened ten years ago, and flip out all over again about it.  Really, I just need to let it go and move on.  What’s happened has happened and there is no point in stressing out over it.

let it go and move onThe quote says not to let the little things take up too much room in your heart, but I’d add to that and say don’t let them take up too much room in your head either. When you let the little things take up residence inside of you, it’s the start of a giant recipe for disaster.  Let it go and move on.  If you don’t they fester and stew and just totally bring you down and ruin your outlook.

Life is too short for that.  Seriously!  Do you want to spend time stewing, fretting and being annoyed and upset, or do you want to enjoy life?  Personally, I’m all about the enjoyment.  When I get into those moods where I’m remembering every dumb thing I ever said or did, or every perceived (or real) insult or slight, I try really hard to let it go and move on.  I like my life and I want to enjoy it.  I don’t want to hang on to negativity.  I don’t think you should either.

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

Rise Above

Do not let circumstances influence your thoughts and moods. By rising over them mentally, you will eventually rise over them materially. – Remez Sasson

It’s tough to do.  I’m not going to lie.  It is so easy to let the drama in life bring you down.  It’s so easy to fall into the trap of negativity.  Believe me, I find myself living there sometimes, but the goal is to try and rise above it.  You may not always succeed, but you have to keep trying.

rise aboveHere’s the thing.  What goes on around you, other people’s drama and such – you have no control over that.  As my principal is fond of saying we “control what we can control and move on from what we can’t.”  He’s not wrong.  If you don’t have any control over it, rise above it.  Don’t let it bring you down.  You want your vibration to be as high as possible.

What do I mean by vibration?  I’m talking about how you feel inside.  You can’t control other people’s drama but you can control how you react to it.  And if you allow all that negativity into your life it lowers your vibration and attracts more negativity to you.  Try to let it go and rise above it.  When you do, when you let the positivity fill you, you attract more to your life.  And when you think about it, isn’t that the goal?

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


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