Can you believe it's nearly August already?
It seems like just three or four weeks ago, we were scrambling around trying to finish up that last minute Christmas shopping, and two days later the ball dropped in Times Square and three weeks later the year's half over -- or so it seems...
So... how are you doing on those goals? You thought I forgot, didn't you? TELL ME THE TRUTH! How many of you actually wrote your goals down ? I know a few of you did, because you shared them with me, but the other 60 or so of you... FESS UP! Did you write them down like we suggested? Did you put them someplace where you could see them everyday...several times a day? Did you share them with a friend who was interested in your success? How many of them have you accomplished so far?
Well, I'm not going to bother you about those right now, but I will soon. If you didn't do it, or if you're new to Ramblings, then you still have time. There's 5 months left in the year. So, if you're interested in making some changes changes in your life, and making some progress towards your goals before the end of 2004, check out the article at http://www.ringold.net/04_the_goals.html and see what kind of magic you can make in the next 5 months.
Check this out! This falls under the heading of Thing's I've Learned!
Okay...that didn't really happen to me -- though I do have a hefty list of other *true* cat stories from my recent years. But for these, I was just looking through some of my material to find something to write about, and that piece cracked me up, so... I thought I'd share :-)
- The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
- It will, however, make cats dizzy.
- Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
Attitude! I'm a fairly positive guy, and people tell me all the time how much they like being around me because I see the bright side of things, or I make them laugh. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most positive, I probably hang out at about an 8 most days, with a fairly frequent jaunt up to 9. I can see the positive in almost any situation. Of course, I'll grant you that sometimes I'm better at finding the silver lining for *your* cloud, than I am at finding it for my own, but still I'm pretty positive regarding my own situations, in most cases.
Someone gave me a cartoon once, which I enlarged and placed above my desk so I could see it all the time, and I keep it there even today. It was a cartoon of the guy who was down in what was *obviously* hell. The fires flare up all around him, and he was wielding a big ole pick, making big rocks into little ones, sweating profusely, and... whistling a happy tune, while he picks away. Back in the corner of this firey pit the devil was checking him out. . . looking him over, and whispering to one of his minions... "You know? we're just not getting through to this guy..." :-D When you refuse to succumb to the negative side of things and consciously opt to find the positive, life has a way of yielding it's sweeter fruit for you.
And that's just the way I try to go through life. Don't misunderstand me, now... I'm don't mean to say that I'm *always* positive. That wouldn't be true; but the likelihood of you seeing me when I'm not, is very slim. It's not *easy* staying positive all the time. It takes work and, especially in the beginning, it takes a conscious effort to train ourselves to overlook -- or recategorize -- the things that often tick us off. Zig Ziglar -- who has to be one of the world's most positive people -- says that a positive mental attitude *won't* allow you to do *anything*. But he goes on to say that a positive mental attitude *will* let you do anything *better* than a negative attitude will.
A positive attitude allows you to see the *possibilities* in life, while a negative attitude helps you always find what's wrong. A positive attitude lets you discover the GOOD in a thing or a situation, while people with a negative attitude could be sitting in a field of dollar bills, and still find a reason to complain. A positive attitude attracts upbeat and positive people, while a negative attitude attracks negative, unhappy people. Look around you, and if most of your friends are grumpy and unpleasant... guess what ? Birds of a feather. . . flock together, and if they 're flocking with you...*you* do the math.
I CHOOSE to be positive, and you can too, if you're not already... And here's a few tips to help you get there:
This has worked for me for a lot of years! Try it for a few weeks and tell me if you don't feel better, and help people close to you feel better. And if the people closest to you are the most negative... put some distance between you and them for a while... and if all else fails, write to me, and I'll definitely have something positive and uplifting for you.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Learn to look at life through the eyes of someone who *loves* life. Let them help you modify your points of view.
- Limit the negative input into your mind, daily. Turn off the news and dump the newspaper. 99% of the news is about what's bad and nasty in the world, and you don't need to keep seeing and hearing that stuff, because that's all you'll dwell on, and that's what you're training yourself to notice.
- Read something positive and uplifting for 15 minutes every night before you go to sleep; something that highlights the positive power of mankind, the goodness and kindness of humanity, the ability to people overcome incredible obstacles. Develop an RDA (recommended daily allowance) of POSITIVE INPUT and make it the last thing you read or listen to before you go to bed. Your mind will have a powerful positive fuel to burn while you sleep, and you'll wake up a happier person.
- Find a friend to laugh with. Get *Goofy* if you have to, and learn to laugh -- particularly at "yourself" -- because most things in life aren't worth getting too serious over.
Okay ? Have an awesome week! And keep those cats off the washing machine.
Take care for now.
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Until next time, have an AWESOME day!
"Successful people do the things that unsuccessful people
are unwilling to do." (author unknown)
RESOLUTIONS for 2004:
1. Practicing what I preach. . .
2. Don't ever "settle for" . . . again
Kelvin ( http://www.ringold.net )
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