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Is it Possible

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

So I’m totally showing my age here, but growing up, the phone in our house was in the living room, and it was the type you dialed.  This was in the 70’s and early 80’s.  Now, I’m sitting at my computer and on the table next to me is this itty bitty rectangular thing.  It fits in my pocket, and I’m pretty much never without it.  It’s a phone.  No dialer, no cords (unless I’m charging it) and no wires.  Growing up, the concept of a cell phone was science fiction, now it’s something we can’t live with out.  And remember the Jetson’s cartoon (again I’m totally dating myself)?  They had video screens that they used to communicate – something we all thought was pure science fiction.  Hello Skype and Face Time, welcome to reality.

My point is – these things were all deemed as impossible and yet here they are, a part of our every day lives.  What gives anybody the right to say something is impossible.  Keep trying, and never give up.  Who knows, maybe today’s impossible will become your POSSIBLE!

Life Life Love Life

Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today. – James Dean


This is kind of an ‘in your face’ kind of quote for me.  I honestly hate anything that talks about dying any time soon.  But it’s true, you never really know what’s going to happen, and this is the only life you’re going  to get so you may as well make it count.  Never ever stop dreaming – dreams are what provide the fuel for living.  Take those dreams and make them count.  Try to live out each and every one.  But with that comes some responsibility.  You can’t live out your dreams if they are going to hurt somebody else or put you in jeopardy, so you need to choose your dreams wisely.  Live life Love life!

Let Go

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectations, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue.  Let go of the need for approval. – Lama Surya Das

We hold on to so much JUNK – well I know I do.  I hold on to things that made me angry or things that embarrassed me 20 years ago.  I hold on to regret and loss, and it’s stupid.  I’m working on letting go of all of that junk, and so should you.  Holding on to things that made us unhappy doesn’t do us a damn bit of good, and in fact, it just wears on us.

Make a conscious effort to let go of all that past baggage.  While your at it, let go of the need to please everybody all the time.  When it comes right down to it, the only person you need to approve is yourself.  The thing is, as long as you are holding on to all of that old baggage, you’re never really going to approve of yourself.  So make a conscious effort to let go of the past and focus on appreciating yourself for the wonderful person you are.

Management, Leadership and Life

Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things. – Peter F. Drucker

When I read this thought, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use it as a positive thought.  I couldn’t quite see how something that so clearly applies to work would cross over into life.  Then it dawned on me.  This is exactly how we should be living our lives.  Yes, we want to do things correctly – of course we do.  But more important than that is doing the right thing.

How we live our lives is the most important telling thing about ourselves.  It is said that character is how we act when nobody is watching.  We should live lives of strong character and strive to always do the right thing.

Daily Positive Thought Email – going away again

Hi Everybody

Well unfortunately someone reported one of the daily positive thoughts as SPAM, causing my mailing account to be suspended for 24 hours.  I have no way to fix that because the mailing program I’m using isn’t the greatest.

I’m hoping it was a mis-click on somebody’s part because you had to SIGN UP for the emails.  However, as I’m not happy with the company I was using because there is no way to contact them to resolve this while my account is suspended, I’ve decided  to suspend the list again until I can find a program I like that is affordable.  I’ve done everything I can to raise money/solicit donations to help keep the daily positive thought coming.  There are over 500  people on the list, if each person contibuted $2.00 every 3 months, I could use a real email list program.  But times are tough, and only one person donated, and that went to help defray the costs of the PO Box the mailing program wanted me to have.

I’ll just post the Daily Positive Thought here I guess.



Feeling Sorry for Yourself

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have. Dale Carnegie

We all have times where we feel sorry for ourselves.  It happens, it’s not good for us, but it happens.  The thing is, feeling sorry for ourselves doesn’t change anything, and it doesn’t do anything.  Well it doesn’t do anything productive.  What it does do, is make us feel even worse about our situation and in turn, we then feel more sorry for ourselves.  It’s this vicious circle.

I am not going to go all crazy and say never feel sorry for yourself.  If you can do that, I invite you to PLEASE share with me exactly what how you manage that!!!!  What I am going to say is don’t be self-indulgent about your self pity. Feel sorry for yourself, figure out why and try and figure out a solution.  At the same time, look around you at all the good things you do have going on in your life and try and focus on them.  Celebrate the good that is going on in your life.  Acknowledge whatever is making you feel sorry for yourself and try and move past it.  Don’t give in too much to the self-pity party.  Choose to celebrate life instead!

Words Have Power

Write it in your heart that everyday is the best day of the year… and so it’ll be. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our words are a powerful tool.  They have the power to hurt, and the power to heal.  The spoken word can bring us to our feet cheering and screaming, and it can bring us to tears.

Even more powerful than the spoken word is the written word.  When we write things down, we are making a committment to them.

But the words we inscribe on our hearts….the words we give our deepest belief to, those words are the most powerful.  So choose them carefully.  Choose words of happiness and joy, and inscribe them on your heart.  Make them a part of you.  Make them your life.

Not Trying is the Biggest Failure

Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try. – Jack Canfield

Let’s face it, you are NOT going to succeed at every single thing you try.  I hate to be the one to bring you down by telling you that, but it’s true.  A bit harsh maybe, but still it’s true.  The thing is, that even if you are not successful at an undertaking, you are still more successful than those who didn’t try.

Taking a chance is hard, and Lord knows it can be scary as heck putting yourself out there, but if you don’t, then you’ll never know.  You’ll always be left wondering about what might have been, and that’s no way to live.  So take the chance, and give it a try.  You may not have the success you envisioned but compared to those who never try, you are way ahead of the game.

Don’t Give Up

Its hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; but its harder to give up when you know its everything you want. – Unknown

Let’s be honest, on some level, we all know this.  Waiting is hard, but giving up is even harder.  Nobody wants to give up, but sometimes that seems like our only option.  It’s really not.  When we start thinking about giving up, we’re really giving into all those negative and pesky self-doubts that take up residence in side of us.

Don’t listen to them.  They can get loud – beleive me, I know just how loud they can get, but you are stronger.  You can drown them out.  Do it.  Don’t give in to the self doubts and don’t give up when you really want something.  Fight for it.  When the the negative thoughts start whispering in your ear, that’s your clue to start SHOUTING back.  Fight for what you want.  Don’t give up, don’t give in.  Fight!


Go where you are celebrated – not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start. – Unknown

You are amazing.  You know it, and I know it, so why waste your time trying to get the attention of those who don’t see the true value of you?

Do you remember when you were a kid?  There was always that one person you wanted t be friends with.  The one who wouldn’t give you the time of day, and was probably pretty mean and nasty to you.  Yet you kept trying and trying to get them to see how great you were.

I bet there are still people in your life that fill that same role.  You want them to notice you, and to let you into their inner circle.  Well guess what?  If they can’t see how amazing you are, are they really someone you want in yourlife?  Why surround yourself with people who don’t see the value in you?  Take the time to find people who recognize the amazingness that is you.  Those are the people you want to surround you.  Think about how great life would be if instead of focusing on ways to get people to notice and appreciate you, you could devote that energy to accomplishing something really amazing!

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