What is Positive ThanksLiving?
Facing the world with optimism – strategic optimism!
Not that pie-in-the-sky, everything is perfect stuff… rather, the bold assertion:
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Be thankful for now. Is that difficult sometimes? Yes. It can be. I've been there. If you're looking at your "now", and it's so far from what you want or what you had, it can feel discouraging. Our inner push to set goals or our outer need for achievement and...read more
Be kind. Always. With yourself and others. It's rare to know how much someone else is hurting... Even if you're standing next to them... (Regardless - even if you're their spouse, parent, sibling, best friend, significant other, and especially if they're a stranger.)...read more
Isolation is the dream killer. Reach out! Reach out to share your wish and obstacle. Then surround yourself with people who are dedicated to helping you overcome your obstacle. These are Barbara Sher's ideas. She says that, as humans, we are problem solvers. Even if...read more
Happiness doubled by wonder - that's what can grow out of being thankful and living a grateful life. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. - Gilbert K. Chesterton It's not that simple, though....read more
Looking on the bright side - can you do that? All the time? If you're anything like me, it takes real effort to continue to look on the bright side - regardless. But even though it takes effort, (and sometimes huge effort), it never hurts me in the long run. In fact,...read more
You are capable. It's time to stop thinking you can not - and step up. Move on. Reach out. Push forward. Lean into... You are capable of so much! Set your achievable goal. Make a plan. Now go do it. And don't discount a small goal. They count. Even if it's a small...read more
You'll see a change if you make one. What are you waiting for? If you're waiting for something to happen in your life, maybe it's time for you to take action. Chicken or egg? It's so easy to look at our life and think it needs to change. That's as far as we go. And...read more
Positive people in your life - do you have enough of those kinds of encouragers around you? Sometimes we need to have less of one thing and more of another... Here's an idea: Be so positive that negative people don't want to be around you. (I dare you not to smile at...read more
Begin with positive thoughts and there's a good chance you'll "feel" better! Since you have control over both your thoughts and feelings, maybe try an experiment. Want to feel better? Begin with positive thoughts! Hurricane gust. Gentle breeze. How do you "feel"? Our...read more
Prayer provides strength. And isn't strength what we all really need as we face challenges and questions? Strength to move forward, strength to meet the challenge, strength to persevere, strength to overcome, strength to stand our ground, strength to... As good as...read more
Tomorrow holds promise. Positivity is knowing there are still good days to come even when today is not good. Hang on. It'll get better. What can you be thankful for in this moment? Write it down. (Yes, I'm talking to you - pick up your pen... it'll just take a...read more
Wisdom and patience - are they synonymous? Is there a connection? Rob, my husband, writes weekly about values in business and leadership. The sentences below concluded his post last week. Have you ever noticed that when you sit with a wise person, they also seem to...read more
Learn to laugh at yourself - it's a sign of maturity! I found a fun quote from Ethel Barrymore, a great-great aunt of Drew Barrymore. She was an actor from 1895 to 1957 and part of a family who made their life on the stage. She said, "You grow up the day you have your...read more
Look to the future. Sure, you can learn from the past, but stop making the past your focus. It's the future that holds promise! "Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then."...read more
It's not as though we won't experience pain just because we're optimistic people... every person on this planet will suffer in some way, at some time. This hurt that could be physical, mental or spiritual will afflict all of us. It's not going to be possible to be...read more
"A gentle answer turns anger away. But mean words stir up anger." Proverbs 15:1 NIVR Ever tempted to respond in anger? I found this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: Anger is one letter short of danger. Wow, that is so true, huh? I've gotten myself into danger when I...read more
Celebrate all the little things. No need for a special day for a party. Any day can be the right day to celebrate and invest in relationships. "Life is short, wear your party pants. ~ Loretta LaRoche quote I have a friend who, after a month of celebrating her...read more
Character = Who we are when no one is watching. Hopefully it's good character! "Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day." ~ Heraclitus Social and News media is filled with scathing reports detailing the faults of...read more
Plant kindness. What grows from being kind to others is beautiful and nourishing. Kind or Critical? In case you were wondering, criticism is not kind. Criticism is like a poisonous weed. I'm imagining criticism - that deliberate judgment of others - is like hogweed....read more
Kindness includes looking for what is good in other people. Stop being critical of others - criticism steals your joy. Instead, look for what is GOOD in those you meet, work and serve with, because a little bit of kind consideration makes life sweet. ...read more
Today Is My Everything. (Notice the first letter in each word of that sentence creates an acronym.) Use TIME wisely today to make an impact on all your tomorrows. We can't change the past. Though we can prepare for the future, today is the only resource we have. 24...read more
Love those around you. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa Love does not judge. Judgemental = having or displaying an excessively critical point of view. Many times I feel judging and criticising are kin to each other. Criticism = the...read more
Goodness. It needs to begin somewhere... Let goodness begin with you. And if not now, then when? Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and...read more
Success happens one decision at a time. Stop the cycle and overcome analysis paralysis. Choose and move forward. Rob and I took six months - 182 days - to choose our first new couch. ("Chesterfield" if you're in Canada.) We analyzed everything about each couch we saw....read more
A friend listens to hear what isn't said. Take your communication up a notch. Be quiet. Let your friend speak. Wait. Wait some more. Sometimes what really needs to be communicated doesn't happen in the conversation, it begins in the silent...read more
Actions speak much louder than words. Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him." ~ C.S. Lewis from "Mere Christianity" Stop overthinking it... Ask yourself, "If I loved my neighbor, what...read more
Make everyone's day happier by giving them a piece of your heart instead of a piece of your mind! Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is...read more
"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun, like "struggle". To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now." ~ Fred Rogers quote No one is perfect. Not even you or me... and yet we are all loved,...read more
It only takes one step. Just one. One step in the right direction - today. It's further than you were yesterday. Got a goal on the horizon? What's one task, idea, activity or step you can take in the right direction toward that goal? Now's the time - be further along...read more
Notice what others do well. Point it out. It'll make their day! People simply feel better about themselves when they're good at something. ~ Stephen R. Covey We have the ability to make the world around us better, simply by noticing the good stuff and commenting on...read more