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On Monday, I greeted my Facebook friends with a “Laurie is wishing everyone a Happy Monday”, to which I received messages such as “Good Morning”, “Wazooooo…. coffee please!!”, “Hooray for Monday! Woohoo! Happy Happy Joy Joy!”, and “uuuggh, are you trying to make me puke?”

Don’t get me wrong, I am not expecting my friends to be uber-cheery all the time, but I have to say that the latter comment bothered me a bit. I do not get negativity, I really don’t. Negative energy is like fingernails on a blackboard to me. Why did it bother me? Well, I guess I am just happy to be alive. I also find that if I greet each day, especially if I start off feeling less than exuberant about the start of it, with a positive affirmation, it just makes for a better day. Why dread the day or the week? That just puts us in a negative place and sets a tone for the rest of the day and the week. I’m a cup-half-full type of personality or maybe half-full-to-potentially-overflowing, so I returned the message with a comment saying to cheer up.

So far, I am having a great week and I hope you are too. I refuse to let the stresses of everyday life (and tax time) get me down. Being negative would just put me in a non-productive mindset… and I have too much on my plate to give negativity a place at the table.

So now I leave you with some of my favourite quotes and wish you a Happy Wednesday.

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~ Buddha

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~ Author Unknown

“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“Affirmations are like prescriptions for certain aspects of yourself you want to change.” ~ Jerry Frankhauser

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

“Optimists enrich the present, enhance the future, challenge the improbable and attain the impossible.” ~ William Arthur Ward

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” ~ Ralph Marston

“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy, because we will always want to have something else or something more. “ ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

“If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Be grateful for the day… B(e) Positive.

P.S. I thought this one was very fitting…

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ~ Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

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I’ve had writer’s block for a week. It happens from time to time. I am not entirely surprised, especially after having recently finishing the queries on my second manuscript and dealing with a teething baby. Thankfully, the Writer’s Workshop has come to the rescue and this week one of the choices was to “write about someone who made your childhood bearable”.

my Mom…

my mom

So many attributes describe my Mom. Love. Beauty. Grace. Selflessness.

I was a child constantly bullied as you may have gathered from previous writings on my blog. I was also very lonely, in part because of being the outcast at school and among my peers and because we lived in a rural community. I’d come home from school in tears. Some days it was because of the wad of gum one of the boys stuck in my thick curly hair and other days it was because the teasing was so cruel that I just couldn’t bear it. Mom was always there with a hug and encouraging words. Sometimes she wouldn’t say anything about what happened with the bullies—she’d just get me to help her with whatever quilt she was working on at the time.

One time, I think I was about 7, Mom took construction paper and fashioned an entire Hawaiian island complete with a volcano and a hula dancer. I’ll never forget it or the time she put into every detail. I was off school because I was sick. I was always getting “sick” to avoid going to school. Sometimes she’d let me get away with that, as long as I kept my marks up.

Mom was, and still is, a great teacher. She taught me how to bake, although, to this day, she still teases me about my childhood obsession with putting chocolate chips in everything. She taught me about the different tropical plants she grew and in the nicer weather she’d take me out in the garden and I’d learn about herbs and flowers. She taught me to throw myself into being creative or to lose my thoughts in a great book. Dad, Mom and I built a library in a room in the basement. I helped Dad with making the bookshelves and then Mom and I catalogued hundreds upon hundreds of books. I read many of those books especially the classics she suggested; Wuthering Heights, Lost Horizon, Robinson Crusoe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Jane Eyre, A Tale of Two Cities and the like.

My mother gave me the tools to take pleasure in the little things, like the sound of a cardinal, the smell of an orange, or the blooms of a rowan tree. She taught me that no one could take away my happiness unless I allowed it. She showed me that to live a balanced and simple life makes one content.

Mom, in her gentle way, got me through the torment and gave me something to look forward to every day—our time together.

Mama’s Losin’ It

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