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Day 149: Motivate Monday

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Day 149: Motivate Monday. Here is a motivational quote from pastor Joel Osteen to get your Monday going in an inspirational way, “I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.”

Faith, trust, attitude, gratefulness are the positive qualities that give you “a leg up” on your colleagues and peers. They are the qualities that are the ingredients for a successful life.

If we could all have these qualities, the world would be a much better place. These attributes have a way of rubbing off on others. Positivity is infectious! All of us knows a person who is a “curmudgeon.” Just being around someone like this brings us down and we want to get away from him or her. I know I do!

I challenge you to go out there and be that “positive” person and spread your happiness around to as many people as you can! As they say, “kill them with kindness.”

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Day 143: The Lemming Effect

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Day 143: The Lemming Effect. This photo was not taken by me, just to let you know. I don’t even know if this rodent is a lemming or not, so forgive me. For those of you that don’t know what the lemming effect is, I will tell you.

It is a phenomenon where these small rodents have been observed to follow each other as they jump off a cliff or run into raging rivers to their deaths. This has been said to be a myth however. Whether it is a myth of not, I see this type of behavior in people, metaphorically speaking. It is a sad commentary in our world today!

I have been noticing that there is a lot of groupthink going on. Certain news outlets continue to spew the same tired talking points. I have also noticed there is not a lot of independent thinking going on. We are being told what to think and no one seems to question it. No facts to back them up whatsoever. I wonder how many people out there realize that this is going on besides me?

Have you noticed, like I have, that there are some activist groups out there that mindlessly chant and march down our streets for various causes and when asked why they are marching they have NO answer. Crickets!!!! Lemming effect anyone??? It is frightening and disturbing, to say the least! Have we all lost our minds? Our ability to think for ourselves?

I see it as the “dumbing down of our society.” You see it in our colleges and universities, our young adults are being told what to think. If they have a thought that does not comport with the professor’s they are shut down. They are rewarded when they mimick the thoughts of their professors.

I FULLY believe in the 1st amendment. Our freedom to say what we think is what makes this country so great! It is fine to say what you think, but is there any THOUGHT involved in what you are saying? In most cases, I say not. Also, if you have an opinion that differs from the mainstream media, you are labeled a “hater” and a “rascist.” Instead of an honest discussion or debate of the matter, those with dissenting opinions are totally shut down.

This groupthink mentality is a dangerous thing. Total conformity can lead to the downfall of society and the death of human expression and independent thought. Remember the book written by George Orwell entitled, “1984?” Are we headed down this HORRID rabbit hole? Take a look at some of the totalitarian regimes in history and how things worked out for them. Cautionary tales to be sure!

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Day 142 of 365: Guard Against It

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Day 142: Guard against it! There is one thing that you should guard yourself against in all your relationships as well as your marriage. That one thing is PRIDE.

Pride builds up walls that prevent open, intimate and loving relationships. Pride can cause a person to have an unhealthy sense of self-importance over others. Remember the Bible story of the Tower of Babel and what happened to those prideful people?

Instead, we should be a people of humility. Humility deflates our unhealthy sense of self, puts the focus on the other person and removes the tension and competitiveness in our relationships.

In our marriages, if we have humility we have an open and unselfish heart, free to love our mate unconditionally. That is what true love is after all.

One of my favorite songs is “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. It reminds us to do all those things we were taught to do in kindergarten. I think our world needs to take a lesson in humility!

Some wise words from the Bible, “Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love,” Ephesians 4:2.

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Day 133 of 365: Politics

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Day 133: Politics. Unfortunately we are bombarded by it continuously in our world today. It sickens me.

I am sharing a quote by George Orwell that sums it up very succinctly, “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”

On that happy note, hope you all have a great weekend and TRY to live your life without politics in it!

The photo was not taken by me, but from the free photo library.

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Day 128 of 365: Bible reading

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Day 128: Bible reading. One of my favorite comedians is George Carlin. I came across a quote from him that I want to share with you. He did not seem like a man of religion to me growing up, but maybe he was after all.

“I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me- they’re cramming for their final exam,” by George Carlin.

As I get older I too find that I am reading the bible more, but not for the final exam, but to find truth and meaning in this discombobulated world! I find God in the Word and it comforts me.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God,”

John 1:1.

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Day 121 of 365: Let your light shine!

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Day 121: Let your light shine! Here is a quote by Dwight L. Moody, “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”

This is an awesome quote, it tells us to shine our light without letting anyone know or without boasting about it. Like the lighthouse we are to “do what we do” and in doing so, others will notice, even if we do not broadcast it.

Letting our light shine is living our day to day life with happiness, passion and confidence in our purpose! It is like dancing or singing when you think no one is watching or listening. The confidence to “do what you do” and not worry about what others might think of you. That is hard, but that is how you do it! The older I get the easier it is to not worry about what other people think.

Go out and “do what you do” like no one is watching!

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Day 103 of 365: 5 of my biggest pet peeves!

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Day 103: 5 of my biggest pet peeves! Now I know everyone has pet peeves! Here is my list of pet peeves:

  1. My spouse not replacing the toilet paper roll or not putting the seat down.
  2. People who do not close their mouths when they chew.
  3. People who can’t put their cell phones down when they are out to dinner with someone else.
  4. People who pollute.
  5. People who turn into your lane and nearly clip your bumper when there are miles of road ahead of them.

Thank goodness I don’t have a bunch of them or else I would be “crazy” all the time! What are some of your pet peeves?

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Day 96 of 365: What we need more of in this world!

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Day 96: What we need more of in this world! Yesterday’s post was a bit on the negative side, so today I thought I would write about something more positive. I don’t mean for this to sound cliche, but what I think we need more of in this world is LOVE.

Our world has become so snarky lately. In America, ever since our election in November 2016 we have been living in a hate filled environment hell bent on destroying our country and our President. I have never seen any other President in my lifetime treated with so much disrespect and hatred. I may not agree with his style, Tweets and ill chosen words sometimes but he wants our country to yes become “great again.” Our country has been starting to turn around and that is a reason to be happy. There is a hatred so strong that rational vision has been BLINDED. I say that we need to open up our eyes, minds and hearts and give love a chance to enter! Filling our hearts with love helps our attitude, our outlook and our mental and physical health.

I am going to close with a wonderful quote from the bible, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” – Proverbs 3:3-4.

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Day 95 of 365: The 10 Things I am Worried About.

 

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Day 95: The 10 things I am worried about. I have been thinking about what our world has become from where it was when I was younger. There is a lot that has been worrying me. I often think about these things because my 4 kids will eventually have children of their own and I worry and fear that their world won’t be a good one. Here is my list of my worries about our current world:

  1. Lack of respect for others, in general and with any difference of opinion.
  2. Lack of one on one, face to face communications, because of cell phones.
  3. Lack of self responsibility.
  4. Lack of open discourse, inability to listen and hear other view points.
  5. Lack of tolerance for different opinions and beliefs.
  6. Lack of work ethic, giving up too easily.
  7. Too much vindictiveness and hatred.
  8. Lack of respect for ALL life.
  9. Lack of kindness, courtesy and manners.
  10. Lack of religion, morality and values.

As I am getting older I am readily seeing changes in this world and almost all of them are NOT good! I don’t even see myself as a negative person but it is hard to stay positive with all these unfortunate trends in our world!

Today I am saddened by the death of Reverend Billy Graham. He was such a positive force in our world! I am happy that he is with God now!

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