11.30.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #10


Today I'm thankful for my life. I've had good days and bad days, and I'm thankful for every one of them. This is probably my last post in this series. May peace, happiness, health, and gratitude be with you today and every day. Thank you.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.



11.29.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #9


Today I'm thankful for my health. When asked to describe myself, I always say, "I'm happy and healthy." It's the truth, but it's also a daily affirmation, and it's also true. Did you see what I did there? :) 


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.



11.28.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #8

(image borrowed from Google images)

Today I'm thankful for freedom. The freedom to live where I choose. The freedom to work at a job I choose. The freedom to think and speak and worship as I choose. Some people are not happy with the current state of the United States, and I will admit it does have its problems, but I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Thank you.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.

11.25.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #7


Today I'm thankful for kind people. Each time I witness or hear about an act of kindness it renews my belief that people are basically good, and kind, and honest. Let's all be kind and watch it spread around the world. Wouldn't that be amazing? Thank you.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.



11.24.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #6


HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!

Today I'm thankful for having enough food. If you have enough to eat, you are rich. Be thankful.



Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.


11.23.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #5


Today I am thankful for my bike. It's an ideal vehicle for transportation and exercise. It brings me a sense of freedom and it takes me back to my childhood, when things were much simpler. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it's so much fun! :)  Thank you!



Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.




11.22.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #4



Today I'm thankful for my job. It's not high pay or high status, but it suits me. I've had the same job for almost 3 years and I still love it. I am truly blessed.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.


11.21.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #3



Today I'm thankful for my pets. I've always loved animals. I have two of the sweetest cats who add so much joy to my life. I'm thankful that I am physically and financially able to care for them and provide for them. My life would not be the same without Lacy and Mia. Thank you.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.


11.20.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #2



Today I'm thankful for my home. It's not big or fancy or expensive but it's warm, dry, and safe. I know I am blessed. Thank you.


Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.


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11.19.2016

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR, POST #1



This is a new series called THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR. It's a series of thankfulness inspired by the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. But honestly, we should be thankful all year long. As I've said before in this blog, gratitude is a funny thing. If you are thankful for what you have, more good things will come into your life. So here we go. Post Number One in the series, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

Today I'm thankful for this blog, and you, my dear readers, and the technology that brings us together. Thank you.

Now go take on the day.

Peace, out.


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3.22.2016

THE ANT AND THE POPCORN

 
I'm a janitor by profession. Last night I was at work, vacuuming, when I saw a piece of popcorn moving on the carpet. I shut off the vacuum and got down on my hands and knees to investigate. I found a little, tiny ant carrying this piece of popcorn across the carpet. He was taking it to his nest to share with his family. I was touched. I didn't vacuum him up. I let him be and I let him keep his popcorn. I felt good about it all night long and still today. Small things matter. Small lives matter. When you are kind, you get to feel good about it for a long time. Be kind.

Enjoy your day.

Peace, out.



1.02.2016

TWO DECISION MAKING TOOLS

(borrowed from Google images)

I would like to share with you, two of the tools I use for making quick decisions. I call them THAT LITTLE VOICE and RISK VS REWARD.

In a nutshell, THAT LITTLE VOICE is the voice in the back of your head that says, "Whoa, wait a minute! This is a bad idea!" or something similar. That's the voice of reason, intuition, common sense, and a lifetime of experience. It's best to listen to THAT LITTLE VOICE at least 90% of the time.

RISK VS REWARD goes something like this: You need to make a decision quickly so you weigh the risks (what could go wrong) against the reward (what do you have to gain).

Here are two real life examples that happened to me:

EXAMPLE #1
A few days before Christmas, two little girls came to my door carrying an ice chest. They asked if I would like to buy some tamales. I had a decision to make. THAT LITTLE VOICE said, "Whoa, wait a minute! You know nothing about these girls or the conditions under which the tamales were made. You could get food poisoning very easily if the food was not prepared and stored properly."

So I did a quick RISK VS REWARD analysis. 
RISK-
I could get very sick.
REWARD-
I love tamales.

The REWARD was not worth the potential RISK. So I had to go along with THAT LITTLE VOICE. I politely said, "No thank you." It was the smart move. I will never know if the tamales were good or bad, but I tend to trust my intuition.

EXAMPLE #2
I bought a new digital camera before going on vacation in Florida a few years ago. While I was there, I spent a lot of time with a woman I met online. We went to the beach and took turns taking pictures of each other with my new camera. A young man approached us and offered to take a picture of both of us together. I had a decision to make. THAT LITTLE VOICE said, "Whoa, wait a minute! You don't know this guy! You just bought that camera! I've heard stories of this exact con, where the "nice young man" runs away with the tourist's camera."

So I did a quick RISK VS REWARD analysis. 
RISK-
I could lose my camera.
REWARD-
It would be nice to have some pictures of both of us together.

Again, the REWARD was not worth the RISK. I listened to THAT LITTLE VOICE and politely turned him down. I will never know if he was a thief, but I think I made the right decision.

Your comments are always welcome.

Now go take on the day!

Peace, out.



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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

(borrowed from Google images)

May 2016 be your best year ever!

Peace, out.