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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Curiosity and questions. Get curious. It might take a relationship to the next level. Sure, being kind is important, but maybe curiosity holds an even greater power? Curiosity may even develop into empathy for others. It's about asking questions - the right questions....read more
It all starts with one thing – and we need to appreciate the joy of one thing done. How? Be thankful for the one and then record it in some way.read more
What would you give? I found a poem with a plethora of things I would give if I could… and they’re not items that could be bought! What about you?read more
Wait. Hang on. Hold up. Pause. Why? Why wait? Will the moment ever be right? And if we're waiting for that mythical just-right moment, how much will we miss? (Oh, yeah. I'm preachin' to the choir here. Waiting is my pass-time. I've spent 50+ years practicing the art...read more
Forward is forward. Yes, you need to know your trajectory, but try not to get hung up on your speed. There's always a pace you'd rather be experiencing, but it might not be what's really happening. At least right now. Forward is forward - your speed doesn't matter....read more
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. What goal are you reaching for? How is perseverance changing your character? It’ll all be worth it!read more
Good friends help us appreciate the journey. How would you identify a good friend? For me, loyalty is a necessary value. What other values would you identify in a good friend? Perhaps: empathetic, trustworthy, supportive, humorous... Do you have any of those traits?...read more
Life goes on. And as positive as that statement is, it can be a jarring reality when we are working through a sad goodbye. Photos are an important part of grieving, as is reviewing memories. The act of grieving may never end, but it does change. It softens and the...read more
You have great worth. You’re here for a purpose – God does not make mistakes. Even if others don’t affirm or approve, you do have great worth.read more
This first day of a new year has me sifting through conflicting emotions. People I cherish are celebrating the birth of a long awaited baby. Oh, what joy in a dream realized. And yet others are coping with the untimely death of a sister and friend - the first in...read more
The secret to getting ahead is getting started. That's a quote by Mark Twain. Is he right? Maybe. Maybe not. From my personal experience, finishing is more difficult than starting... but not everyone is alike. For some it's starting that's a barrier. Either way, to...read more
You can. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. You’re enough. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and be assured that you are capable.read more
HIS plans are greater than my dreams – read Jeremiah 29-11 – Any dream we can dream as flawed humans will always be less than HIS plan. God’s plan always has hope embedded in it!read more
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