April 17, 2017
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Here we go again, a new week. I hope yours will be as good as I know mine will be, Over the years I have learned that if I remain optimistic and expect that all will be well it usually is. The great thing about living on the bright side is that the feeling is contagious and results in friends and acquaintances sharing in the better times.
In fact I get as much pleasure in the reflected happiness of others as most anything else. Today I would like to share an edited article written by Henrik Edberg that he published on the Positively Present blog. He tells us how each of us can help others enjoy their lives.
10 Simple Ways to Spread the Optimism and Positive Energy Starting Today
- Just be there for someone. Listen and lend the optimistic and grounded perspective to someone in your life in need of it. At first I find it best to just the let other person vent, to let him or her get issue at hand out into the light. So I am just there fully and listening.
If she or he gets stuck in negative thinking or in making a mountain out of a molehill then it can be helpful to add your own perspective to ground him or her and to help shift perspective on the situation.
- Play positive music. Uplifting music is of course a great way to boost your own mood and open up new perspectives again.
- Take 30-60 seconds to give a genuine compliment. Think about one thing that makes the other person tick. A small or bigger passion. Or something good that people too often take for granted about him or her. And then give a compliment about that. It often means more than you might guess.
- Smile. A smile puts you and the people around you into a better and more relaxed headspace.
It works even when you don’t feel that much like smiling.
- Hide a secret note. Take 60 seconds out of your day to write and hide a note with a compliment. Or some encouraging words. Or make it a note of thankfulness. Hide it under their pillow, in the lunch box or wallet or perhaps the book he or she is reading at this time.
- Help someone to wind down. Being busy with work or school can over time add a lot of tension and stress. And that can certainly get in the way of optimistic and constructive thinking.
So help someone in your life to wind down.
A break like this can do wonders for the mood and perspective for the both of you.
- Cook or bring their favorite food. If she’s having a bad day then cook her favorite meal. Or get her favorite takeout food. Or maybe just a small treat, like a piece of the chocolate or the special cupcake she loves the most.
- Hug. A hug is, perhaps often even more than a smile, something that can make someone feel a little better and a bit safer again. Use it when appropriate of course.
- Share what you’ve found or made. It could delicious fruit that you’ve picked. Or the jam, cookies or bread you made. Or fish you’ve smoked or the beef you made jerky out of.
- Pay it forward. If someone in your life adds a bit of optimism and positive energy to your life then don’t just return it somewhere down the line. Pay it forward to someone else too. And together build a growing upward spiral of optimism, encouragement and kindness.
Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.
Richard M. DeVos
If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!
If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
And the double-clicking icon puts your window in the trash,
And your data is corrupted ’cause the index doesn’t hash,
Then your situation’s hopeless, and your system’s gonna crash!
If the label on the cable on the table at your house,
Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
But your packets want to tunnel on another protocol,
That’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall.
And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss
So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
‘Cause as sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang!
When the copy of your floppy’s getting sloppy on the disk,
And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary risk,
Then you have to flash your memory
and you’ll want to RAM your ROM.
Quickly turn off the computer and be sure to tell your mom!
Take interest in your future. It’s where you’re going to spend the rest of your life.
Pastor Dave Charlton tells us, “After a worship service at First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Kentucky, a mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose his place and will have to start his sermon all over again!’ It worked.”
Friendship is what binds the world together in peace, may we all become friends.
“I was walking the streets of Glasgow the other week and I saw this sign: ‘This door is alarmed.’ I said to myself: ‘How do you think I feel?'”
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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