Today’s Positive Thoughts

I am…flossing

Flossing Day encourages the regular use of dental floss to promote healthy teeth and gums. Interesting focus for the day after Thanksgiving which most of us spend eating and then eating some more. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day for good oral health. It helps prevent gum disease and cavities. Another benefit is reduced dental cost when taking good care of our teeth.

I made another addition to my brushing routine this year. I got myself a Waterpik. Surprising to see a little more food removed from between my teeth after brushing and flossing.

I found Flossing Day at www.daysoftheyear.com. For more information on flossing, go to: www.flossing.org

Quotes on flossing:

“Flossing is so important. Brushing does not get in between your teeth but flossing will.” – Linda Harkins

“It’s like the business equivalent of flossing. You don’t have to like it? You just have to do it.” – Peter Horan

“Never floss with a stranger.” – Joan Rivers

“There is only one goal. That’s to keep working and keep flossing.” – Red Buttons

Today is My Day!

Yes, the Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparent Day. Something I didn’t think would happen for me. Then five years ago my first grandchild was born. This makes National Grandparent Day my day. Now I even have another grandchild. I am lucky to have a boy and a girl for grandchildren. I felt my two sons were a blessing and now to have two grandchildren is wonderful too.

Marian McQuade started in 1970 looking to have established a National Grandparent Day. Which happened in 1978. I learned there is an official flower and an official song. Pretty blue forget-me-nots with yellow centers are the flower and “A song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill is the song. I decided to listen to it on youtube. There was comment about going to the zoo with grandparents.  This reminded me of last November when I and their grandfather took our grandchildren and their parents to the San Francisco Zoo. It was fun. The kids rode in a double stroller. Weather was sunny and a little breezy. We brought our lunch and had a picnic. The first animal we saw were the giraffes. They were the animal theme for my grandson’s baby shower so he has lots of them in his room. The kids rode on the little puffer miniature steam train with their dad. While their mom and us the grandparents watched and took pictures. We also spent some time at the playground inside the zoo.  Fun day for all of us.

Speaking as a grandparent I don’t care that much what the activity is with my grandchildren I just want to spend time with them. I don’t live close to my grandchildren. I won’t see them on the 9th. I going to visit them a week later. Whenever I see them is okay with me. It is all a blessing.

I wish all fellow grandparents a Happy Grandparent Day.

Quotes Grandparents:

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley

“Everyone needs to have access to both grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” – Margaret Mead

“What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loos change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. – Gene Perret

“Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” – Mary H. Waldrip

“Grandparents make the world…a little softer, a littler kinder, [and] a little warmer.” – unknown

Book Lovers Day

I am…a book lover.

Book Lovers Day encourages you to give yourself some quality time reading a book. Like curling up on the couch with a cup of tea to enjoy the adventure in your favorite book.

Book reading is a great hobby. It’s an important one, too. I read that employers look for it on resumes. Reading is educational, informative, and relaxing. It makes us both smarter and happier people.

Here is a couple of ways to celebrate. Show the your books some love by cleaning and maybe rearranging the shelf you display them on. Gift a book lover friend with a homemade bookmark, first edition or signed book. Throw a book themed party. Guests can wear clothes of a character in the book and serve food from the story. Like having a tea party for characters in “Little Women”. More current party theme around play “Hamilton” based on Autobiography of Alexander Hamilton.

Do you have a library card? If not maybe a good day to get one. Some libraries offer downloadable eBooks.

I belong to Gold Country Writers organization in Auburn California. Earlier this year we started a Read and Review program. So far this year each month we have been reading books written by fellow author members. I have enjoyed reading two memoirs. I got to know my friends on a deeper level from reading their memoir. I also read a couple of novels one based on a true story and one spiritual book around generosity of giving. We will review a book of poetry next month and in November my book I am…Transforming: Creating Meaningful Change through Empowering and Inspiring Thoughts. On my own I am currently reading The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr Edith Eva Egar. Another powerful memoir. I think I have discovered that I enjoy memoirs. As I also enjoy movies based on true stories.

 

Quote on book lovers:
“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” – Eugene Field

I am…working with focused attention

By using different techniques I have improved my concentration.  One of these techniques is using the insight timer app on my cell phone to meditate. I can use it for two minutes to over 30 minutes. I can just listen to music, sounds of nature or a guided meditation. Other techniques include spending a few minutes petting my cat, rocking in my rocking chair, sitting outside on my back deck, listening to soft classical music, taking a short walk or having a snack. These and other methods like logging off e-mail  help me reduce my mental chatter, so that I can keep my attention on what’s in front of me.

With focused attention I am able to complete projects in a timely fashion. Maybe because I have taken steps to reduce stress and anxiety this makes staying focused easier for me.

Quote on attention:

“The best way to forget oneself is to look at the world with attention and love.” – Red Auerbach

“The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss

“Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.” – Jim Rohn

“When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.” – Michael Leboeuf

Experience (I am…experienced)

I have over 30 years experience as a professional bookkeeper and I have just over 10 years experience in writing inspirational cards and messages. I have around five years experience writing a blog. I have experience writing and publishing a book. I am currently writing a series of books. I find I am increasing my knowledge about writing from attending meetings of the Gold Country Writers. They have guest speakers, twice a month critique meetings, writing retreats, a mentoring program, writing contests, and  a newsletter. Their newest program is called Read and Review. Currently we are reading books written by our members. We gather together once a month and give the author a review of their book followed by posting a review online. I am enjoying this program for a couple of reasons. One is reading books by fellow members I feel like I am getting to know them better especially since two were memoirs and one was a novel based on a true story. Second the guidelines for doing a review are giving me more experience in how to be a better writer.

Where is your experience? In something you enjoy I hope.

 

Quotes on experience:

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“All experience is an arch, to build upon.” – Henry B. Adams

“Every moment is an experience.” – Jake Roberts

“Experience is the teacher of all things.” – Julius Caesar

“Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” – Oscar Wilde

How can you help keep California beautiful?

I am…volunteering

One way is by volunteering to participate in California Coastal Clean-up Day. I volunteered with other members of my church to help clean the shoreline in Burlingame. We we’re provided with gloves and bags for garbage and recyclable items. The item I saw the most was cigarette butts.

California Poppy

Weather was pleasant with just a light breeze. Plus it was fun to work alongside friends. Oh, and the beach looked beautiful when everyone finished.

Then I moved to Sierra foothills from San Francisco Bay Area. Here I volunteered at a clean-up program in Auburn State Recreational Area. Again we were provided with equipment and given an area  in the park to cover.  I worked an area near a bridge and found lots of broken glass. I did need to wear long pants because I was walking through tall grass. I actually picked up a tick at my ankle though it hadn’t bite me yet. I was lucky.

During the summer months I get up early to take walks. The temperature is comfortable then vs. the 95+ degree later in the day. There is a nice paved path outside entrance to my community. It goes up and down making it a good work out for me. It is also next to a road and after seeing aluminum cans along the path I started bringing a plastic bag to pick up the debris. Good for me to get in a walk plus an opportunity to keep my area clean and beautiful by picking up trash.

What opportunities do you have to help keep California beautiful?

Quotes on volunteering:

Because I know I can contribute, I therefore believe I can volunteer my contribution.
-Preston Tulay, former Peace Corps and UN Volunteer.

Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another. –Erma Bombeck

Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. – Author unknown

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. Author unknown

Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them. – Harriet Naylor

Your Words are Powerful

I am…careful with the words I use.

Our words have the power to shape our world. Use them to create the good we desire. Positive words uplift ourselves and others.

If we direct positive words toward a person or situation they have a positive effect. This would mean that negative words directed at a person would have a negative effect. So my thought here is to be careful with our words before expressing them either aloud or on paper. Words put on paper are just as powerful as those you express out loud.

As you go about your day, keep in mind the power of your words. You can make the world a better place by the words you use. You have the power to support and encourage others by the words you use.

We are in this world together let’s work toward peace, love and understanding by being careful with the words we use.

Quotes on words:

“Da Da”: Powerful enough to make a grown man cry when spoken for the first time by his son. – Source unknown.

“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or evil.” Siddhartha Gotoma or Buddha (563-483 B.C.)

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless.” – Mother Theresa

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.” – Dale Carnegie

Words have longer life than deeds.” – Pindar

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

I am…me

Yes, I am…me as today is National Selfie Day. Who knew that 3 years ago this “Special” day was created.

Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them.  It’s National Selfie Day!

On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.

While the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies)

To observe this day – Use #NationalSelfieDay to share on social media and visit www.nationalselfieday.net.

I used my tablet recently to take a selfie on me the trail to Cathedral Rock in Sedona AZ.  That is the photo I shared on this blog.

Now go out there and take a selfie. Have fun.

Selfie Captions:

  1. Confidence level: selfie with no filter.
  2. Have you ever considered finding another hobby besides taking pictures of yourself?
  3. Too bad you can’t take selfies of your character.
  4. Does this selfie make me look fat?
  5. Real men don’t take selfies.
  6. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  7. Anybody have plans to stare at their phone somewhere exciting this weekend?
  8. Your hair is 90% of your selfie.
  9. That awkward moment when someone is watching you take a picture of yourself.
  10. May you someday find someone to love you as much as your selfies indicate you love yourself.

I am…in sync

I had a busy work day at a client and tired as I was just wanting to go home and stop moving.  I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store. I stopped at the local Safeway store in order to get a few things for Thanksgiving lunch I was going to have with my mother. I drove into the parking lot and luck was on my side. I found an end parking space near the door. I went to get a shopping cart and found one even though there were only a few left. This would be a good indication that the store is very busy. I proceed inside and I quickly found everything I needed. I am walking down the freezer aisle heading to the checkout stands and to my amazement it looks like there is a station straight ahead with no one in line. And before I get there the cashier asks me if I am ready. To which I say Yes. Unbelievable that  I didn’t have to stand in a long line and wait. Easy in, Easy out. It is nice when my thoughts are in sync with my action and outcome.  Life can be sweet.

Quote on in sync:

“If people aren’t in sync, things won’t work out well.” – Stephen Hopkins

“Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.” – Stephen Richards

“When you stop existing and you start truly living, each moment of the day comes alive with the wonder and synchronicity.” – Steve Maraboli

I am…thankful

Today is Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. It is a day when I usually sleep in, take a walk, watch the Macy’s Holiday Day parade, visit family and friends, cook and eat lots of food, watch a little football and some years go to the movies. This year I won’t be doing any cooking.

During the dinner meal is a wonderful  time for everyone including children to share what they are thankful for. I am grateful for the wonderful meal that is being prepared for me. I have lots more to be thankful for including the birth of my granddaughter 3 months ago. Since my dinner is being taken care of by someone else I went to Safeway and participated in their Hunger Bag program by making a purchase to support local food banks. I also sent a floral arrangement to decorate the home I will be celebrating in.

Research shows that thankful people are happier. The Institute of HeartMath has recognized that being thankful improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically. Doesn’t that sound good? Remember it is physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time.

Being in a state of thankfulness is doable. Let’s build a strong muscle of thankfulness. The more we work this muscle the stronger it gets. Here are a couple of ways to develop and grow this muscle. Today Thanksgiving would be a great day to start a gratitude journal. Write down what happened each day that you are thankful for.

On a daily basis, tell someone how thankful you are for something. Could be their friendship. Tell fellow employees, friends, family, and even perfect strangers! Let’s help make this a world of grateful, thankful giving and receiving people.

If you are taking a walk you could add saying out loud what you are thankful for. Doing this first thing in the morning will lead to your having a positive day.

How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving this year? Whether you practice a traditional Thanksgiving celebration or are making new traditions and memories, I wish you a very happy and healthy holiday!

Quotes on Thanksgiving:

“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” – E.P. Powell

“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” – Robert Caspar Lintner

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser