Conflict cannot survive without your participation.
– Wayne Dyer
I have a discussion a LOT with my students, and they really don’t get it. Every time they have an altercation with someone, or someone “gets up in their face,” they feel the need to react, and usually violently. They don’t understand that if they don’t react, the conflict will usually die out.
Granted, it’s not easy when someone is screaming at you or ranting and raving to not respond in kind, and even harder to respond with a kind word, but it is very effective.
Try to maintain a peaceful countanance, especially in the face of conflict. Lets spread an attitude of peace.
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Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think. – Horace
Yes, I know my Latin is completely wrong in the title – no worries, I did it on purpose Let’s talk about living our lives to their fullest. I know I THINK that I do that, but when I was reflecting upon this quote, I realized that I don’t. Not only do I NOT live my life to the fullest, I play it so safe, I’m heading into boredsville!
Think back to when you were a kid. We were outside all day, trying new things, being bold and daring (at least in our own minds) and living and enjoying our lives. I know as adults, we have responsibilities. We have places to go, things to do, people to see and bills to pay. I’m not saying we should shirk our responsibilities. Not at all! What we need to do is find a way to capture that joie de vivre we had when we were children. That absolute feeling of happiness and joy. If we can find a way to incorporate that feeling back into our lives, we will in fact be seizing our day and living our lives to the fullest!
You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
So this is a really convoluted way of saying don’t wait or it may be too late – at least in my mind. I’m all for developing a plan, and a strategy to get things done, and sometimes it pays to hold off and wait. The thing is, how many times have you missed out on something because you waited too long? It’s happened to he more times than I can count. It can be easy to miss the boat if you put off til tomorrow what you could be doing right now. The same goes for doing something nice for someone. Do it now. Act upon that impulse. A kind word, a smile or a helping hand may be the one thing that makes a difference in the life of someone.
Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. – Grenville Kleiser
One of my students today asked what intentions were. I told him and gave him an example, and we then went on to talk about how we can have the best of intentions, but unless they are put in to play, they are worthless.
I have tons of great intentions. I’m going to eat better, I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to blog consistently, and I’m going to be more organized. But you know what they say about intentions and how they pave the road to a less savory place. Now I realize that my intentions are all pretty self-serving, and as I think about it, that’s actually okay. You have to be able to help yourself before you can help others.
So why not pick one of those good intentions. It can be directed toward yourself, or others, and put it into play. Just one. Start small, set up a plan and follow through and see how it makes you feel. I’m guessing you’ll feel pretty amazing.
I have got to make everything that has happened to me good for me.— Oscar Wilde
Here’s the deal. We all have good things happen in our lives, but every once in a while, we all have some really terrible things that happen. We are PRO’s at celebrating all the good things. The challenges happen when we’re faced with the bad things. I’m not going to go into what constitutes good and bad, it’s subjective, and what’s bad for you, could barely be a blip on my own personal radar screen of life.
When those less than stellar things happen you have a couple of choices. You can curl up in a proverbial ball, roll over and play dead, or you can move on. I’m not going to lie, often times, the rolling over seems to be the only option, but it’s not. You can move forward. It’s hard, but you can do it.
That is not enough though, you have to find something good in what happened. No matter how small, try to find some good and that will help you with the healing and the moving on. Again, it’s not an easy task, in fact, sometimes it seems darn near impossible. However you and I both know that nothing is impossible. You can do it!
Every thought we think is creating our future.
– Louise L. Hay
Yesterday, I talked about listening to your inner voice. When you listen to your inner voice, and trust yourself, you can acconmplish great things. Today’s quote goes hand in hand with that, at least for me it does. If we are listening to ourselves, and believing in ourselves, our thoughts lead us to our future.
I’m not saying if you think of an apple, poof an apple is going to materialize in front of you. Maybe it will, maybe you have awesome mind powers like that lol, but I don’t. But if I’m thinking of an apple, I’m going to think about where to get an apple, and how to get an apple, and then I’m going to get the apple.
Yeah, I know it’s not as much fun as *poof* and the apple appearing, but the end result is the same – getting the apple. So listen to your inner voice, and focus your thoughts on what you want. What you want will materialize, if you put in the work
As soon as you trust yourself,you will know how to live.- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We put our faith in people all the time. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. I find it kind of humorous that the one person we SHOULD be putting our faith in, is the one person we usually don’t. Ourselves. The one person who has the ability to guide us in the right direction, and take us where we need to be is ourselves. We just need to listen. We all have that inner voice that is guiding us, leading us in the right direction. We just need to hear what it is saying.
Once you listen to yourself, and believe in yourself, you can, and will accomplish anything. It’s not easy though. The voices of others are so loud, and everybody in the world seems to know what is best for us. From what we should eat, to what we should wear, to how we should act and how we should live. It’s never ending. It takes skill to drown out the cacophony of voices and listen to your own inner voice. Do it, work on it. Listen and trust yourself!
Good Morning Everyone,
I apologize in advance because you are receiving 2 messages from me today. I try really hard to limit the emails to one a day. That, is actually why I am writing to all of you. Someone left this mailing list the other day, and it concerned me. Not so much because they left, though I’m always sad when someone unsubscribes, but for the reason they gave me. They told me that they had not been receiving the Daily Positive Thought on a daily basis, and in fact had only received it several times in the past year.
I make up the Daily Positive Thought, a week in advance, usually on Sunday nights, and they are set up to send, Monday through Friday. Now, I am human, and I may mess up and send one out on a Saturday (that just happened) or get my days mixed up so that what shows up on twitter doesn’t match the one that went out in the mail, but with the exception of a few human errors like that, these message are sent out regularly. If you are not getting them, please, please, please email me and I can TRY and fix it. I say try, because honestly, I am not super technical. I do the best I can with the limited resources that I have.
Sending out these messages has been great for me, and I hope receiving them has been great for you. Please, I’ll ask once again, if you’re not receiving the Daily Positive Thought on a regular basis, let me know and I will do everything in my power to fix it.
Have a positive day
Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.~ St. Francis of Assisi
I was going to blog about this quote, because honestly, it’s a great quote. If you break the impossible down into smaller chunks and start with what you can do, you’ll find that the impossible becomes possible.
That’s what I WAS going to blog about, but instead I’m going to talk about life. Life and how it seems so incredibly overwhelming and how incredibly difficult it can be to remain positive when you’re faced with the everyday frustrations that seem to crop up with annoying regularity.
I’m going through such a period right now, and if I’m not going to talk the talk and walk the walk, how can I, in good conscience, expect others to do it? I actually posted on my personal twitter acount that i was jumping off the positivity train and and climbing on the life sucks bus. This is NOT the attitude of a positive person by any stretch of the imagination. I’d like to say it was a momentary aberration, but the mood has persisted for a couple of days.
This is where the opportunity to make a choice comes in. I can choose to keep dwelling on this negative mood that I’m in, allowing it to consume me, or I can acknowledge it and then keep looking for positive things to hopefully override it.
I’m going to be honest, I’m struggling, but I’m working at it. The trick is, no matter what, don’t stop trying. It’s not easy, but it can be done. I know it! I’m having a hard time believing it, but I am trying.
What are your tricks to get you out of the dumps?