30 days of thankfulness…

Be thankful

Last year at this time, I wrote all about my past teaching experiences, but I didn’t tell all the stories.  I think sometimes people go about their day-to-day lives and they don’t realize how hard it is for “others” to acclimate.  Let me explain “others”.  Others are the people who have seen more.  War veterans, drug users come clean, homeless, recovering alcoholics, people from poverty, cancer survivors, empaths, police detectives, people who live with invisible diseases, counselors, teachers and many, many more.  “Others” try to blend in, but it’s really hard sometimes.  They carry around the knowledge that there are bad things out there…bad things that perhaps normal people don’t notice.

So for my 30 days of Thankfulness on my, ahem, slightly larger Facebook Fan page,  I have paired with people from all walks of life.  Yes, all of the above types of people and I dearly LOVE them all.  They have the biggest hearts of anyone I know and they also hurt the most when things don’t quite go as expected.  The funny thing about the inspirational page owners is that we are people too, and sometimes, real life tries to kick us when we are down, but because we know, just know, others are counting on us to get up again, we do.

So I made a post and kicked off my 30 days yesterday, and the one word I used was “Life” because I am very thankful for it even though it does not always go as planned.  I am also thankful for my readers here because you guys have been with me for a while.  You know more than my FB fans do, because to them, it’s just pretty quotes.  But to me, and you, we know there are always stories behind every quote.  Always LIFE behind every quote I make.  So here’s to the life behind the quotes.

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Tune in Thursday all month long for Thankful Thursday here on the blog.

Author’s note:  I completed an extra journaling section just for you guys who are part of the 4 Weeks to Wellness challenge!

 

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The Greatest Gift

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

I woke up today with these words on my heart.  Do you know someone who has started to sound like a clanging cymbal?  Perhaps they use the word love, yet love would be an unconditional thing of which they have put stipulations around said professed love.  They have faith, or so they say, but if they did, they would not question your motives?  What is love without trust.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love is kind.  It does not think thoughts that have never entered your mind, nor is it boastful.  It does NOT rejoice in iniquity, which by the way, means crookedness.  If said love rejoices in the truth, then you should not be afraid to speak the truth in front of those who truly love you and know what love is.  The last line above is my favorite “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  That is the test of a true love.

I also like Love never fails.  What does get in the way of love is the ego.  On Monday, I am going to do a different kind of Motivational Monday where I talk about speaking from a place of love.  It is very difficult to do.  Especially in hard times, sickness, and pain.  It will be part of a blog book tour I am on and you will have a chance to comment, so make sure you tune in.  Those who comment that they would like a digital copy of the book will be entered in a drawing.  I’ll need your e-mail after you win, so check back.

Lastly, I would like to say that I have been given a great gift in my husband.  Almost 18 years…it does endure all things.Love Never Fails

 

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See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil…

I remember being a child and seeing the three wise monkeys sitting somewhere I went on a regular basis.  I believe it was the doctor’s office.  I would stare at them and think about the meaning.  As a child, you are constantly asking questions about the world and if you’re lucky, you have good influences in your life to help guide you.  No matter what you do, sometimes it is hard to avoid the first one.  “See” no evil.  It is everywhere.  Around us daily, just waiting to happen.

It is suggested that the legend of the monkeys was derived from Analects of Confucius.  Basically, it said this:  “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety”  Meaning do no evil as well.  What am I getting at today?  I’ll tell you.

Reduce negativity in your life.

I had another doctor appointment today and it got me thinking about things in life.  You can approach life as best you see fit, but I am saddened to see that most people heap negativity on top of negativity no matter what they do.  If you are on Facebook, scroll through your feed and look at the types of things people post.  If you would like, delete the evil you see.  That’s right.  Hide them.  Poof.  Gone.  Next, check out your surroundings.  Do you have positive books around you?  If not, get a few.  Make an attempt to see no evil…especially if you can control it.

Listen to less negativity in your life.

Hear no evil.  Watch the news all the time?  Tired of the ugliness out there?  Turn it off.  Yes, I know it’s still there.  Pray, meditate, think nice things, or do what makes you feel good instead.  Have a friend who always calls to tell you when bad things happen?  Or a ahem grandma?  Be honest.  Say something like, I am making an attempt to create a positive space around me and I would love to talk to you, but I want to hear about what’s good in your life lately.  Can you please help me with that?  I think it would be good for both of us.  If they don’t understand, well, you still win because now they call you less.

Speak less negative thoughts.

Speak no evil.  This one is really hard, I know.  Let’s say you are trying to put some positive vibes out in the universe and whoever it is, keeps pushing back with negative.  It’s all about them at that moment, no matter what you might think, it is not your battle.  I know this goes with previous posts, but it is true.  Hurt people want others to hurt.  I know people who remain so lost in their own pain that they can’t focus on the good at any time.  I keep those people as far away as I can.  Some I have to see at holidays.  Ahem, but others, I don’t.  Don’t let them drag you down.  If they can’t find other topics, they need to be on limited access to you.  So, I say to you the same thing I say to my FB group:  << here

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