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EnCourage Others by your ATTITUDE.

Positive-Attitude

The famous question almost redundant but I will ask anyway. When you see half a glass of water sitting on the counter – is the glass half empty or is it half full? Those who have a positive outlook on life see the glass as half full. Some people see life full of problems – others see life full of challenges. What is your outlook on life? We encourage one another by our attitudes.

I am reminded of the story of two shoe salesmen who went to a tropical island where no one wore shoes. The first shoe salesman came back with a negative attitude and was somewhat depressed. He said, “It was so discouraging – NO ONE WORE SHOES! I’ll never sell shoes there.” The second salesman came back and he was all excited. He said, “What great potential! What great opportunity! NO ONE WORE SHOES! I gave away a pair of shoes to the tribal leader and he loved them. All the other tribal members want shoes now. We have a wide open market! NO ONE WORE SHOES!”

What is your outlook on life? Do you need an attitude check?

Yes there are moments when we flail and get a negative attitude but when we allow a positive attitude to dominate our life everything looks so much better.

I start fresh every day.

  • Be thankful
  • Be kind
  • Be at ease and have fun
  • Be good to yourself and think good thoughts about yourself
  • Be a good detective and find positive things

Our attitudes can affect our behaviors.

Let me encourage you – to be an encourager. Encourage others with the words you speak to them.

Encourage others by having a positive outlook on life.
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

“We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
Charles R. Swindoll

I love jokes so here’s one…..

The Good Deed

A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping.
It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking
in her purse, she commented, “That’s funny. When I lost my
bag there was a $100 bill in it. Now there are 100 $1 bills.” The
boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found
a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”
 

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Have you ever come against a brick wall or felt that every good deed or action came to naught. Or maybe you felt discouraged by society and the destruction seems to be on the rise.

Is it just me or do you often think that there is a kinda madness sweeping o’er the world? If we just look at society in general we would only see the violent, selfish, injustice, flawed social policies, overall irrational behaviour.

The day to day news is filled with negative while the rich get richer and the poor seem to get poorer. Mankind appears to have digressed instead of maturing. Murders, debt, pollution, madness, greed, robbery, bitterness, fear on every corner.

Periodically I get overwhelmed with it all and I admit a little fed-up.

 

World is going mad
Secrets
Leaks
Coverup
Dissemination
Of truth
Investigation
Inquiry
Tensions
Less truth
Protection
Self preservation
Oh
When
Will
This
End?

Beverleyhoyles
May 13. 2013

 

I guess ultimately we each are responsible to make sure we are grounded and not get caught up in the madness cyclonic effect. To tend to the inner spiritual self and nurture ourselves to strength.

For God’s sake, yourself, your kids, your friends and the world; Be kind, treat all living things with compassion, remember that honesty is still the best policy in spite off and the very least will make you a teeny tiny wee bit happy for not lying.

I try to maintain a positive thought pattern, a positive outlook, a positive word.  So to that end I will say after the pity party let’s pick up y/our positive cloak and put it back on. Stand out from the crowd and if we have to, start a minority of good thoughts, good living, good graces. 😀

 

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
Abraham Lincoln

Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life. : Joel Osteen

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So today I shall remind myself   – Attitudes are more important than facts.

Now I’m gonna go look for something to make me laugh!

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W is for Watermelon and Wisdom!

Watermelon; hmm; one of my favorite fruits of all time.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant; Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center. Watermelon is thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is found growing wild.

A good source of Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Watermelons

A cold slice of watermelon has long been a July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day. That’s because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido.

Here is the website that discusses the above sentiment.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/06/080630165707.htm

Watermelon is refreshing, and it’s vitamins and nutrition and its benefits within have a mysterious wisdom.

WhooHoo Wisdom.  What a wonderful word but difficult to master.

One of the most important ingredients to wisdom is the willingness to learn and willingness to share your wisdom.

How wonderful wisdom is! It sparks life into other virtues. If a person has wisdom he/she will also have prudence (sensibleness, good sense), knowledge, and discretion. Wisdom inhabits caution/discretion. Prudence is the ability to discriminate between truth and error.

Be Wise:

  • Decide what is valuable
  • What are the goals
  • Know what is right and important
  • Don’t make a decision that will harm anyone else
  • Take special attention to hard decisions
  • Remember your family and your responsibilities
  • Explore choices
  • What are the consequences
  • Evaluate
  • Know yourself; weakness and strengths
  • Take time to contemplate
  • Be humble and be there for others
  • Surround yourself with wise people
  • Will this decision bring honor to the creator, to humanity, to the community
  • Never Give Up
  • Be Wise Parents and teach children to accept responsibility and consequences to behaviour

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children

Let’s face it, none of were perfect angels growing up. We all made mistakes, some big, some not so big. One thing I think we all need to guard against is letting our own shortcomings keep us from doing the right thing when it comes to raising our own children and caring for family; use wisdom.

“Learning how to be an approachable parent is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. Being approachable means being willing to talk about and deal with subjects that make us uncomfortable. . .without judging or lecturing. When our kids see that we don’t dodge difficult issues and that we are good listeners, they will come to us for help and guidance.”
 Paula Statman, M.S.S.W., Founder and Author, KidWISE Institute, Inc.

Abraham Lincoln, the movie has been much talked about in these past weeks.  It is amazing to read of  the candor and wisdom and words of Lincoln.

In a speech made in 1863, Abraham Lincoln said, “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

 

If you are a leader in any way shape or form; you are likened to the driver of the school bus.  You need love to lead and the knowledge to know the direction and under extreme circumstances wisdom to direct the path.

WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE

Wisdom is still ahead of knowledge even though knowledge is important. You can have knowledge much knowledge in fact but if you don’t have wisdom how can you use it or disperse it for the good of all.

WISDOM CALLS OUT

Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.  -Proverbs

 

TRUE WISDOM COMES FROM THE CREATOR; OUR GREATEST HELP!

A. W. Tozer and J. I. Packer have defined wisdom as follows:

“In the Holy Scripture’s wisdom, when used of God and good men, always carries a strong moral connotation. It is conceived as being pure, loving, and good.… Wisdom, among other things, is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve those ends by the most perfect means. It sees the end from the beginning, so there can be no need to guess or conjecture. Wisdom sees everything in focus, each in proper relation to all, and is thus able to work toward predestined goals with flawless precision.”1

“Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it. Wisdom is, in fact, the practical side of moral goodness. As such, it is found in its fulness only in God. He alone is naturally and entirely and invariably wise.”2

               1A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy (San Francisco: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1961), p. 66.

                        2J. I. Packer, Knowing God, p. 80

 

To have the truest wisdom/true wisdom you need knowledge.  But where do you get knowledge.  For me the first place I gain knowledge is from the creator. True wisdom affects our entire pattern of life: our attitudes, priorities and interests, and all our relationships, from family to business to authority. It is not a matter of knowing a lot of rules or how-to’s. Rather, wisdom is built on a foundation of understanding human nature, including its weaknesses (such as the tendency to conform), and it works with basic principles, such as trust, respect, and responsibility. We can learn these principles from for example the Proverbs. The wisdom of God is the highest education in the world. I understand there is a great debate whether there is a God or should we believe the Bible on and on; I am not interested in this debate here. What I want to say is that a loving God is available to lend a hand in our growth, wisdom and love.

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Thoughts to Ponder!

“God’s definition of what matters is pretty straightforward.  He measures our lives by how we love.”
―    Francis Chan,    Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God


Eyes that look are common, eyes that see are rare.

J. Oswald Sanders

A wise man learns by the mistakes of others,
a fool by his own.
Latin Proverb

The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
Catherine the Great

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M stands for Mushroom and Meekness!

Hmm mushrooms. Grown in most unusual way; usually mushrooms are grown in compost including straw and hay.

mushrooms

Mushroom
A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. Wikipedia

It is known that edible mushrooms are consumed by humans as comestibles for their nutritional value; Mushrooms have Niacin, riboflavin, vitamin D, potassium, selenium to name a few.
They are occasionally consumed for their supposed medicinal value.

The Humble Mushroom is waiting in the shadows to be picked. The meek and mild mushroom waiting for our table but don’t be fooled there are poisonous mushrooms out there so be careful.

We can be valuable and sought for like edible mushrooms or we can be toxic like poisonous mushrooms.

We choose who we want to be. Yes there are circumstance in our lives that would drive faith away, drive away love or un-nurtured love, bitterness, anger, fear, confusion; the list is endless. In acute situations it could involve counselling. However there comes a time we Must face the demons and seek after that which is good. Like Meekness.

Meekness is not exactly a sought after attribute nonetheless an important one.

How would you describe Meekness?

• Humble, patient, kind, gentle even under provocation from others
• Don’t repay evil for evil
• Person of good conversation, live a good life, good deeds done in humility without fanfare.
• Calm temper not easily provoked
 • Bridles anger -Anyone can get angry
• Linked to humility not prone to jealousy or envy
 • Goes against human pride and the ills of humanity of grabbing, greed, climb the ladder and knock the-other-person-off-the-rung-  if-you-can kinda a mindset
• So I’m told that meekness “literally means “strength under control
• Meekness is not weakness, but strength harnessed for service
 • Not wimpiness or spineless as some would suggest
• Doesn’t create collateral damage
• Not survival of the fittest by force
• Exercised in Compassion
• Concerned with the interests of others
• Gracious

What practical example can we give for meekness.  The kid who sits alone at the lunch table; join him.  I am sure you can think of others.

Quotes I am Pondering Today!

With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.
 -Abraham Lincoln

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 “I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation in speaking his opinion. But really great men have a … feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them; that they could not do or be anything else than God made them.”
-John Riskin

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Poem by Abraham Lincoln

Meekness is not weakness

Meekness is not weakness its strength under control,
Don’t think of me as weak, shy, reserved, or timid.
I’m a child of the king the half has not yet been told.
No! You can’t walk all over me and treat me like a door mat,
I’m not trying to straighten out the world and that settles that.

I refuse to respond to every critic and I won’t let it bother me,
I may have the power to do something about it, but my time
Is too valuable you see: I’ll keep my focus and stand tall doing
What I’m called to do. My strength and power is in God’s control
Meekness is not weakness, blessed are the chosen few.

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Day 27 of my 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for pedicurist.  :D  Hey I am thankful I have feet! 😀

A family history of diabetes and leg amputation and my personal battle with ingrown toenails is enough reason for me to continue with my pedicures.

Honestly I enjoy the overall pleasure of a pedicure. Even on a day when I don’t feel so great; a pedicure gives me a sense of well being.

Let’s look at a typical day according to Foot Care Direct (http://www.footcaredirect.com).

Feet endure a cumulative force of several hundred tons. The average person walks approximately four miles every day or 115,000 miles in a lifetime. When someone is engaged in strenuous activities, the miles increase.

Family health history, daily pounding to the feet and the facts of foot care [clean feet, nail care and foot massage] is enough for me to realize that pedicures can be an excellent way to help keep my feet healthy with the added benefit of looking and feeling better.
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On any visit to my pedicurist I am assured my pedicure will enhance my health. A pedicure from the soak, foot care, to cream and massage and final polish is most invigorating, relaxing, and therapeutic for my feet.

After a pedicure I smile with my toes. In fact you can put a polished smile on each toe.  😀

I have a wonderful pedicurist in my home town at Divine Spa and believe me it is divine.

With the words of my pedicurist; Have a Divine DAy!

Pertinent Quotes

He maketh my feet like hinds’feet, and setteth me upon my high places. Psalms18

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.  Leonardo da Vinci.

“Your feet will take you to where your heart is.” Irish Proverb

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