Post 02/23/2023

Dear Members and Advocates:

I am yet to meet a person that has not experienced anxiety at some point in their life.  But for many of us, the anxiety seems constant….weekly, daily, even hourly for some. We need to be reminded that anxiety solves nothing, and only brings on negativity that drains us mentally, emotionally and physically.

The heavy burden of anxiety will distract your positive thoughts, cloud your positive focus, and zap away your positive energy.  Remaining positive is the key to success; mental, emotional and physical success.  There have been hundreds of books written about the power of positive thinking. Why is that? Because it works.  If you want to reduce anxiety and improve your daily life, then practice Positivity, and its free.

The more you practice Positivity, the better you will feel about yourself and your future.  Learning to incorporate Positivity into your daily life starts with giving yourself a break from anxiety.  It reminds me of a story I heard decades ago.  Here is the story that has kept me moving forward with a positive attitude while avoiding burnout.

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all …. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.  Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied , “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an Ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.”

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow, but add humor into your day and smile more.

1.   Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
2.   Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3.   Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4.   Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5.   If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6.   If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7.   It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8.   Never buy a car you can’t push.
9.   Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
10.   Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
11.   Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12.   The 2nd mouse gets the cheese.
13.   When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
14.   Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15.   We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
16.   A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
17.   Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today
18.   Get involved; if you have a seat at the table you will not be on the menu
19.   AND MOST IMPORTANTLY Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!  I THINK!
20.   Can you add one to this list?

Recognize one new thing each day that adds Positivity into your life.


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