Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Friday!
Have an 
A-MAZ-ING weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Take the challenge . . . .

Can you sit for 2 minutes and do nothing? For those of you who have a bit of the Energizer Bunny in you, this can actually be pretty difficult. This simple video , Do Nothing for Two Minutes, challenges you to do just that -- do nothing -- and if you touch your mouse or keyboard during the countdown, you're greeted with a "Fail" message.  
Relax, and good luck.

"To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing 
in the world, 
the most difficult and the most intellectual."
-Oscar Wilde

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It's a generous gift to the world . . . .

"Someone once said that all the sorrow and trouble of this world is caused by unhappy people. If you realize that, even in your own life, you will see exactly where your own episodes of unhappiness have brought suffering or distress or (at the very least) inconvenience to those around you. People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you're fortunate enough. But that's not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don't you will leak away your innate contentment. The search for contentment is, therefore, not merely a self-preserving and self-benefiting act, but also a generous gift to the world. Clearing out all your misery gets you out of the way. You cease being an obstacle, not only to yourself, but to anyone else. Only then are you free to serve and enjoy other people."

Elizabeth Gilbert  (Eat, Pray, Love)

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

What do people live for? . . . .

I came across this video over at The Lettered Cottage, and it made me cry.... happy tears.  You will love this video about ordinary people living extraordinary dreams.  Enjoy.

"I hope your dreams take the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known."


Friday, February 18, 2011

Happy Friday!
Wishing you a weekend
 full of laughter!

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's all how you look at life . . . .

There are several versions of the definition of optimism, my favorite being, "a tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things; to be hopeful and confident that all will work out for the best." Please don't confuse this sort of optimism with Pollyanna(ism), which means to be unreasonably or illogically optimistic. As much as I live the life of an optimist, I am also a realist, so I choose to take on the attitude that recognizes life's challenges, but simply choose to believe that all WILL work out for the best. I believe this with all my heart. People who are optimistic don't deny that problems exist; they learn how to adapt while searching for solutions. I know, I know, there are days when nothing seems to go right! Some days it's very difficult to see the silver lining in the clouds, but it's important that you do, especially for your physical and mental well-being! The staff at Mayo Clinic talks about how optimism can improve your health, so you might want to check that out here. And this one, by Web MD, will give you tips on how to become more optimistic.

Robert Brault once said that "an optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's a cha-cha."  (I got a visual on that one, and it made me smile.) 

Optimism is a choice. It's all about how you look at life. Each day we can choose whether to live like Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh's chronically gloomy friend, or to rise above it. We can choose to see the good in front of us, even when faced with bad situations. Hanging outside Eeyore's front door is a sign that reads "Eeyore's Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad." Choose to hang a better sign on your door!

"The average pencil is seven inches long 
with just a half-inch eraser,
in case you thought optimism was dead."

-Robert Brault

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I promise . . . .

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my 
peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person I meet.
To make all my friends feel that there is
something worthwhile in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make
my optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best
and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of
others as I am about my own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the
greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful expression at all times and 
give a smile to every living creature I meet.
To give so much time to improving myself that I 
have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry,
too noble for anger,
too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of myself and to proclaim 
this fact to the world,
not in loud word, but in great deeds.
To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side,
so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

-Christian D. Larson

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Love what you do . . . .

Loving what you do isn't about having the perfect job, the best home, or the smartest kids. And it's not about having a life without problems. In fact, it's not about having it all. It's about doing. When you focus on what you do and not on what you have, you do it better, you have more fun, make a difference, touch more lives, and feel a sense of fulfillment that only doing can give you. The greatest irony, however, is that life becomes easier when you're having fun. This doesn't mean you have to learn to enjoy what you're doing. Things change, and so might what you decide to do from time to time. But it does mean that wherever you are today, you can start focusing on the doing and have fun making a difference in the lives that you touch.

-From the book Choose Them Wisely

"When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight."
-Michael Bridge

Happy Friday!
Have a lovely weekend!
Photo via .la douleur exquise.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Share your smile with someone today!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mid-week stress reliever . . . .

Relax & enjoy.

 "Please Don't Go" by Barcelona

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Find something nice to say . . . .

Are you ready? Let's try this! Give five heartfelt, honest to goodness compliments today. It costs nothing but a little time, energy, and the desire to make your life and the lives of others better. Compliments are defined as gracious words, given freely, which create happiness for both the giver and the receiver. Who doesn't love a good compliment? It's amazing that such a small, simple skill like giving away compliments can change the way you view yourself and the world around you. 
Each time you give a compliment, you focus completely on the other person. Be sincere. Actively look for positive traits or attributes. It's not that hard! By doing this on a regular basis, i.e. 5 times a day, you begin to see how richly multifaceted people really are. People's positive traits jump out at you. Your thought processes shifts from looking for the worst in people to looking for the best. Being proactive spills over into your life. You see the possibilities, not the obstacles. Compliment giving is a jump-start for looking at the world in a positive, refreshing, stimulating, and creative way. 

Not sure what to say? Give these a try.

From the book:
Find Something Nice to Say 

by Kathy Chamberlin & Debby Hoffman

Photo by Sweet Monday Photography

Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Monday!
Make it a great day!

Photo via Everyday Health

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Friday!
Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Just try it . . . .

Are you constantly disappointed by others? Are your expectations so high that when they fail, you find yourself judging them? If you're slow to forgive and move on, you might need to disappear for a few days to reflect on the grace that's been extended to you. If you are finding that you can no longer extend grace to others, it's time for a break.

Learn to focus on the things you like and appreciate about your friends and family members instead of obsessing about the things that annoy or upset you, and you will be amazed at what your new focus reveals. 
Just try it.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The power of words . . . .

All the pain of a human life is caused by words, as is all the joy. We create words to define our experience and those words bring attendant emotions that jerk us around like dogs on a leash. We get seduced by our own mantras (I'm a failure . . . I'm lonely . . . I'm a failure . . . I'm lonely . . . ) and we become monuments to them. We must stop choking ourselves with words, as to liberate ourselves from our own suffocating mantras. Make an attempt to clear these negative words from your mind. They have the power to sabotage your own happiness, and YOU have the power to change that. Replace these mantras with self-encouraging words (I believe in myself . . . I'm grateful for this day, and what I can do with it . . . I believe in myself . . . I'm grateful for this day, and what I can do with it . . . ).

When you have spoken the word, 
it reigns over you. 
When it is unspoken you reign over it.
-Arabian Proverb

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams . . .
Follow your heart


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