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Take Their Breath Away

Negative people need drama like it’s oxygen. Stay positive and take their breath away. – Unknown.

Wow – how much do I LOVE this quote – it’s such AWESOME advise.  I never really thought about it this way, but it’s sooo true.  I have a sign in my classroom that says Drama Free Zone, and compared to a lot of rooms, mine is pretty peaceful.  Why?  Because I work to keep the drama away.  They’re not allowed to talk about one another or complain about each other, and for the most part it works.  The negative nancys know that if they start, they’re going to be shut down right away.  I am, in a sense, depriving them of their oxygen.  So when you come in contact with your own negative nancy, shut them down, don’t buy into their need for drama and watch how quickly they wither away and “die.”

Play To Your Strengths

It’s your life. Be sure you’re playing to your strengths instead of simply to other people’s weaknesses. – Kelly Rudolph

The first time I read this quote, I immediately flashed back to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and the false Professor Moody telling Harry to “Play to your strengths.”  But this quote isn’t really about Harry Potter, it’s about being true to yourself and being the best you can be.  It doesn’t matter what somebody else can, or cannot do.  What matters is what you are capable of, and what you can do that would make you an even better person.  Play to your strengths.  Find out what you’re good at and work to get better, but more importantly, figure out where YOU are struggling and find a way to make yourself stronger.

Please and Thank You

Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. – Thomas Sowell

When I started teaching at the high school level seven years ago, I was shocked and appalled at how discourteous many of the students were.  I’m not talking typical teenage behavior,  I’m talking a complete and utter lack of common manners.  Please and thank you were not a part of many (not all) of the student’s vocabulary.  I made a vow that day.  My students, the ones I came in contact with frequently, would learn basic manners if it killed me.  They had to address me correctly, and I returned the favor and called them Mr. or Ms.  If they wanted something, they said please and when they got it they said thank you, and I did the same.  At first they thought it was a big joke, or a game, but I kept insisting upon it and it finally seemed to sink in.  They started to understand that when you treat people with respect, and that was the one thing they craved more than anything else.  It’s such an easy things to do, treat people with politeness and consideration and the payback is immeasurable.

It’s All in the Attitude

Positive thinking and negative thinking are attitudes. They are points of view, and show the way people handle their affairs.

I cannot say this enough – it’s all in how you look at things and it’s all in YOUR attitude.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying crappy things don’t happen.  They do happen.  People get sick, people hurt you, people die.  And I am in no way saying that you should be at your grammy’s funeral skipping around singing “tra la la, grammy’s dead.”  And I’m certainly not saying you shouldn’t be sad if your grammy passes away.  But the thing is, when something like that happens, what you SHOULDN’T do is get so caught up in the sadness that you forget about the amazing life your gram probably had, or the wonderful life she led.  See, ATTITUDE.  So when the crappy things happen, look at them and try and find a way to find a positive in them.  It may take a while, but I have faith in you.  You can do it, and when you do, it’ll make your life so much better.

Choose Wisely

Set goals that make your heart sing. Then achieving them is an experience of uplifting joy. ? Amy Leigh Mercree

We all have things we have to do, and things we want to achieve – goals.  Doesn’t it make sense to work toward things that bring us joy and happiness, that way when we attain them, it seems less like work?  Seems pretty simple to me.  Oh but wait….I have to lose 50 pounds, and that’s hard work.  Yeah, it is, no doubt about it, and I can think about having to lose 50 pounds and how hard it is, or – and this is where the choosing wisely comes in, I can today choose to take a nice walk or maybe add my favorite fruit smoothie to my diet instead of a soda – or a water.  See the thing is, that’s a small change that makes me feel good (and when I feel good, my heart sings) and gets me one step closer toward my goal.  So set your goals and think about little things you can do to help you achieve them, and that make you feel good.  The results will be AMAZING

It’s Called Perspective

May you see sunshine where others see shadows, and opportunities where others see obstacles. – Unknown

We’ve all heard of the expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  It’s a good expression, but I started thinking.  Who decides what are lemons.  Now I’m not talking literal lemons of course, you get those, you make a lemon meringue pie!  It’s the other things I’m talking about, the life Lemon3experiences.  Think about what the quote says – see sunshine where others see shadows.  First off, you can’t have shadows if you don’t have sunshine, and secondly, what’s so bad about a shadow.  On a hot sunny day, a little shade, or shadow can be a very welcome thing.  And really who decides an obstacle is an obstacle.  We tend to do that to ourselves, so next time tell yourself it’s not an obstacle, it’s an opportunity to try something new, or learn something.  It’s called perspective, and sometimes it’s good to develop a different one.

The People in our Lives

We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our path for a reason. – Unknown

In our lives, we interact with a lot of people.  Some are in our lives for a long time, and some just touch the periphery, but all of them are there for a reason.  That reason may not be apparent right away, but it will become apparent.  I recently saw a meme on facebook about going back in time and doing things different.  My first response was heck yeah, but then I really started to think about it and no – I probably wouldn’t do anything differently.  My life is not a cake walk by any stretch of the imagination, but I am where I am supposed to be, when I am supposed to be.  The people I interacted with in the past have shaped my now, and perhaps, just perhaps, the people I’m crossing paths with now will be touched by me and go on to do something great and amazing and wonderful.  We may never know why we crossed paths, and that’s okay just know that there is always a reason.

Go Big

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings. – Unknown

Life is scary.  There are no two ways about it.  It’s a pretty scary world out there, but you can’t let your fear hold you back.  You can’t let it stop you from working toward your goals and achieving your dreams.  Don’t just pay lip service to your dreams and goals and to your beliefs.  Reach out and try or take a stand.  Know that you can do it.  You can reach your goals – you just can’t let your fear hold you back.  Those first steps are scary as heck, but you can do it.  Take the chance!

Live Your Dreams

Your dreams don’t have to be lofty; they just have to be lived. – Kelly Bouchard

I kind of love this quote so much.  I have dreams, we all have dreams.  I have big dreams and I have small dreams.  Should I discount the small dreams just because they’re small?  No!!! Any dream you have, big, small or in between is awesome, as long as you live it.  Sure I have dreams of being a multi dreamgagillionaire and those dreams are great.  I also have dreams of greeting each day with a positive thought.  Well, those dreams are pretty much diametrically opposite in size and scope, but I have to say – when I get to be a multi gagillionaire, I’m going to be super happy.  I am also super happy every morning when I greet each day with a positive thought.  Why?  Because I’m living a dream!  So don’t worry about your dreams.  Don’t worry if they’re big or small, or if they measure up to the dreams of any body else.  They are your dreams!  So go out there and live them!!!!!!

Why Are We Here?

You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.

Why am I here, what is my purpose.  It’s a common refrain uttered by many every day.  I think we are all destined for great and amazing things.  But what constitutes great and amazing?  I recently spent time with one of my students who was writing a speech for graduation – his theme was about heroism, and what constitutes a hero.  Certainly the men and woman who go to war are heroes, and our police and fire fighters are heroes.  There are some that would even say that teachers are heroes.  But what about the student who has to babysit their younger siblings all night every night so their parents can work, or the students come to this country speaking no English, but are still in school every day, struggling to learn?  How about the mom or dad who has lost their job and is sending out resume after resume and calling any and all potential employers only to face rejection day in and day out?  Or the person who is battling addiction, and slowly winning, or worse losing, but still trying again.  They’re all heroes.  They are all living out their lives with great courage and purpose, trying to be the best possible people they can be.  It’s how we all must live.

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