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Always look on the bright side of life!

August 1, 2014

Those of you who know me, know that I like positive and thought provoking quotes.

I collect them, print them out and put them into a binder. You can find these quotes anywhere, the internet, Oprah TV, magazines, you hear them on the radio, there are lots of them in the Bible. When I am frustrated, or I just need to regroup, I pull out the binder and read through the quotes. As I do this usually one or two stand out and give me something to ponder, or better yet, put me into a better frame of mind.

I keep wondering what it is about these quotes that makes me not only want to keep them, but keep going back to them. Why is it that I need to have them available? On any given day, I find, that it is easy to focus on the negative. Does it take any less energy to focus on the negative? I don't think so, in fact it actually drains me of my energy sometimes. So I keep going to the quotes to redirect my thinking and to help inspire me. When I am looking for inspiration, I am choosing my path, and given a choice I will try to choose the positive and energizing path.

Am I always successful in this endeavor? No, I worry -a lot, and I feel frustrated when I do not have control over a situation, I over think things and then over think them again. When I do this someone or something usually reminds me that this way of thinking is not to my advantage. Have I also mentioned that I hate being told what to do...!

I know that I am not perfect, but that knowledge is the starting point for me to build up from. It is the bottom step on my climb up to the life that God has given me to live. And what a life it can be as long as I choose to follow the words of this old song....

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate his last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do
Just when everything looked so dark

Man, they said we better
Accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, do not mess with Mister In-Between
Do you hear me, hmm?

Blessings, and to quote Glorie Abelhas, "Good fortune shies away from gloom. Keep your spirits up. Good things will come to you and you will come to good things!"

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