Blame-Yours, Mine or Ours

kids blame    One of the things I noticed when my children were growing up is how quick they were to blame the other. They would say “It’s her fault, she did it, or she made me do it.”

Funny thing, that’s the same thing my sister and I would say when we were little. We would put the blame on each other. When we grew up, we quit blaming each other and took responsibility for our own mistakes.

It’s the same way we our attitudes. You know you have truly become an adult when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your attitude. You don’t blame someone else for how you feel.

I heard a speaker at a conference say, “No one can make you feel lousy, negative, ugly, or dumb. That is, unless you allow it.” He went on to say, “If you are confident in yourself, and who you are, you recognize no one has that kind of power…unless you give it to them.”

John C. Maxwell, author, speaker to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders and organizations and pastor,  once said, “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.john c maxwell

 

 

 

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Nothing is Impossible

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.” Quote by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, a writer.

220px-Jim_Lovell_at_LC-39Do you ever get up some mornings and wonder if something you need to do is impossible? Fortunately, that doesn’t happen to me as much now as it did when I was younger. Perhaps it is because now, at this age, I’ve seen so many things I thought was impossible become possible. It could also be that as we age we become wiser and realize that anything is possible if you believe it is. Either way, there are some young people who believe anything is possible. When these men were young they obviously believed it was possible, for look what they achieved. Bill Gates,Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs.

Too many times we stop short of achieving what we believe is possible because we become doubters. Make today your day. It should be your day. Don’t doubt. Go forward into the realm of “possible” and achieve your dreams–meet your destiny.

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All Our Dreams

220px-Walt_disney_portrait “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Walt Disney

I doubt if there are many people in American who don’t know who Walt Disney is. We’ve heard of Disney World and Disneyland and I imagine many have visited one or both in their lifetimes.

His quote above should be dropped into the hearts, souls and minds of every child in the world from 1 to 90. Think about his quote. “Our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue”.

In addition add to that courage, belief in yourself, discipline, desire to work hard, positive attitude and someday you can have your dream.

So, what is your dream? Is it big enough to step out and begin?

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What have you brought to life?

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
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He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose.

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We do it?

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Buddha buddah

Wow, so if I am overweight I am because of what I think…I think about food and eating and being hungry.hamburger

If I am angry it is because I am thinking on something or someone who has made me angry.angeer

If I am sad then it is because I am thinking sad thoughts.sadness

Who knew I had so much control?

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Great Minds

EleanorOne of the best quotes I heard about the mind was said by Eleanor Roosevelt. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

I pray my mind is always an open door for ideas. To excel in life one can only do so by traveling the road that is filled with ideas. road

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The Power We Have

Our minds. Do we really know how powerful they are? Do we really know how much control our minds have over our lives?
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There is a simple test you can use to see just a tad of the power.

Think of something sad. Very sad. Now, look in the mirror-what is your demeanor on the outside?
How do you feel on the inside?

Now, reverse. Think of something happy, wonderful. Look in the mirror, now what is your demeanor?
How do you feel on the inside?mirror 1

How you program your mind will determine your outlook and your output.

Which do you prefer to feed your mind?

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January-is it off to a fast start?

I don’t know about you but so far into 2014––I have battled a horrible, and I do mean horrible, cold. Been totally out of commission for a week, just now getting where I feel like sitting up. Now we have blizzards coming in where temperatures can be deadly if you have to be out in it. I don’t even have my Christmas tree down.

cold weather Yet through this first six days of the new year, I am most grateful that things aren’t worse. There are many reasons all of us could get up and complain this morning. For me, today I know there are many people out there having a rougher time. This seems to put my things in perspective and my heart goes out to them and a prayer up to God to help them.

It seems when you are sick and don’t feel good, little things get to you much quicker than usual. I’m just grateful I am on the mend and things are looking brighter.

I hope for others, today is a special day. I hope they are warm and cozy inside and fed nourishment both physically and spiritually. I especially hope they have thankful moments throughout their day too.

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Checking on what I missed this year.

Before the year closes out I wanted to refresh my mind and make sure I haven’t left things that were important undone.

Martin Luther Kind Jr Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

If I got to busy to take time for a friend this year, I want to apologize to them and make a note to spend time with my friends in 2014. If I didn’t call or write as often as I could have, I apologize and will make an effort to keep close in the coming new year.

250px-Shakespeare William Shakespeare said, “Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shore, so do our minutes, hasten to their end.”

I’m pretty sure I let minutes of my life escape me this year without seeing the whole beauty that God created. I missed many sunrises and sunsets because I was too busy to appreciate they were there for my enjoyment. In the new year, I hope to remember as I rise in the morning to appreciate the sunrise that comes up to play peek-a-boo with me. At the end of the day, may I put forth an extra effort to see the beautiful sunset that finishes my day.

As you close out your year, may you too determine what is important for you to make your new year, 2014 special.

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Wonder of Christmas

Dickens Christmas “Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!” Charles Dickens

I, like so many others love Christmas. I recall my Christmas times as a child and the wonderment of Christmas morning. To be transported back to that time is ever so sweet. To see faces that have long since passed just once more is a special present. May your Christmas be special this year and transport you to a Christmas long ago.

*Photo from Speakingbooks.org

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