Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gratitude Attitude - Day 1

Today I am grateful my kitten is feeling better after a medical scare. I am also thankful for my wonderful husband and gorgeous kids as we are about to have a fun-filled, spooktacular Halloween together!

I read somewhere that it takes 28 days to make or break a habit. Numbers are not my strong point but this one always stuck with me. What a simple little number! It is so much easier to look towards a long term goal if you can break it into smaller increments. If it only takes a mere 28 days to make a good habit or break a bad one, why that's totally do-able.

I have been given a lot of thought lately to having an Attitude of Gratitude. If the "power of suggestion", "what we think we create" and "The Secret" are truthful theories, then adding a Gratitude Attitude to my life is a goal I wish to achieve.

Not only will it help me to be a more positive person but it will bring more positivity into the world. One person's act of gratitude has the ability to affect many others. The first hand effect would be for the person receiving the thanks to feel good. That person would then take that good feeling into their day and encounter others with positivity, thus causing a second hand effect. The more gratitude and good feeling thrown into the universe, the more the universe vibrates with positive energy. Send your gratitude out in the form of thought, action, words, art, whatever feels right to you.

Today I am starting my 28 days toward a new habit of holding a Gratitude Attitude. I would love for you to join me in posting your gratitude(s) for the day along with me!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gentle Nudging Appreciated


Energy is all around us. We give of it, we receive it. There is negative and positive. The wind, the rain, a leaf decaying on the forest floor all exude and receive energy. People choose the energy given and received whether consciously or not and that energy affects us.

I have known energy vampires (extremely negative people who suck any positivity out of your day and leave you feeling negative and defeated) and have had more than my fair share of negative people and influences in my life. I have also seen my fair share of negative days where nothing seems to go right, my mood is the pits and I'm feeling mighty low. My saving grace is the fact that I was born an optimist.

I love to laugh, smile and love; tend to see the glass as half full; and have been able to move past most negativity. Part of the process has been to choose not to have hurtful people in my life, to act consciously and think positively.

With all the work and awareness, pain still enters. Sometimes it is brought on myself by letting my guard down and allowing others words to hurt me. Other times it is by my own actions when not fully staying aware. Allowing myself to throw out negativity attracts more back. Still other times it may be due to the simple human flaw of misunderstanding (we drag our baggage with us and may think someone is saying one thing when really they meant another).

This happened recently to me on a blog. I truly love this blog and read it regularly. On occasion the author says things that cause me to bristle, but I move on without judgement and love the parts I love and disregard what may not be for me. She did not have the same respect for her devoted follower.

I decided to comment on a post and fear I may have added too much sarcasm, forgetting the typed word does not show inflection (like a voice). Not everyone grew up with the sarcasm and crass humor I did. That should be obvious to me but was overlooked. All posts on this blog must be accepted by the owner. She accepted and proceeded to attack. Yikes!

I will admit my fault in not re-reading my reply. I most likely would have noticed how my approach in the reply could have been construed as "not nice". I was thick on the sarcasm. I do wish the blog owner would have simply rejected my comment and pointed out my wayward words somewhere other than the thread so I could be enlightened without ridicule. To make it look ugly (which is not what I intended) and then to attack was a lot of unnecessary negative energy.

This is my admission of fault in the matter and my wish to the universe to continue to guide me on becoming ever more positive. Dear universe, when I stray or am perceived as being astray, gently guide me back on track thus keeping negative energy at bay. Negative energy can build and build. I wish to be a positive beacon of light so that I may reflect negativity and brighten the world.

I am only human with good moods and bad, positive thoughts and negative, ups and downs. I have made many mistakes in the past and will make more in the future. I am aware of this. I am also aware that I am learning and I have choices. I choose positivity to both give and receive. I choose.

I am aware that I used the word "I" entirely too much in this post, darned it! Will have to work on that for next time. Hitting the sack for now my friends. Love and peaceful vibes to you.

(p.s. the universe already knows the story behind the picture above. for all you sentient beings, this was taken a few years ago during a fall camping trip in Door County, WI)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

You Never Know What You'll Run Into

Boy oh boy! You never know what you'll run into when out running errands. Literally!

The first picture is a view of a car that drove "into" the UPS store. I was standing at the bed store two doors down. The second picture was taken after the wrecker was able to pull the car out. The stinker part? The store had just finished a huge remodel job. Once I found out no one was hurt I was struck with a case of the giggles!

Sure seems to me as if we all live at warp speed these days.
Us: My schedule is too hectic. I have too much to do with no time to do it. I have to go, go, go with no leisure time to enjoy.Universe responding: You want to slow down? (crash) Now you'll have to stop for a moment!

Think about it.

People are funny :0)
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