Weekend plans?

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today, I want to feature… YOU! It’s almost the weekend and I’d like to know how you plan to Lift the World this weekend.

lift-the-world.pngWill you encourage someone?

Will you support a new endeavor?

Will you help your neighbor?

Will you smile at a stranger?

What will you do to Lift your little corner of the World?

Let me know! I’d love to share what’s happening out there.

How Will You Lift the World?

Life got you down?

Welcome to T-shirt Topic Tuesday!

Four is greater than two originalToday’s topic is brought to you by a man on a plane.

My husband and I were travelling home after a wonderful visit with our out-of-state kids. The man sitting in the aisle seat had a lapel pin that said, “4>2.”

My husband, ever the curious, friendly fellow, struck up a conversation with the gentleman and found out the meaning behind his lapel pin.

Essentially, it stands for his philosophy in life: the things that happen for (4) me are greater than (>) the things that happen to (2) me. He believed, as do I, that we can gain and grow and learn from every experience, becoming stronger, wiser, and more empathetic towards those around us. Even when life is hard, or people are cruel, we can learn patience, forgiveness, and kindness. We get to choose how we respond in any given situation. Those choices can lead to great growth and progress in building our character.

So my challenge today is this: If you find yourself frustrated by the trials of your life, remember that you can choose to allow the situation to happen TO you, dragging you down, or you can choose to see it as happening FOR you, allowing you to learn and grow.

Let’s choose to grow together!

If you have a t-shirt topic to share, feel free to contact me! I’d love to feature you and your topic right here!

 

Confidence Defined

I’m adopting a new motto, just for today. I may re-adopt it tomorrow, but I won’t think of that now. What’s my new motto, you ask?

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

My husband has a t-shirt given to him a couple of years ago. It says, “Today, I can do anything.” If you know my husband, you know that fits him perfectly. This man is a miracle-man! He’s gone from a bed-ridden MS patient, to a fully functional, upright, walking, running,  bike-riding inventor who’s working full-time in a machine shop! Wow!

How’d he do it? Lots of little miracles along the way, but a big part of his progress has been his “can-do” attitude. While he was still in the wheelchair, he bought a condo that had 14 steps up to the bedroom. When people asked him why, he looked puzzled and asked, “It has stairs?” Then, he’d grin and add, “Because I can.”

That’s his answer to everything he does, “Because I can.”

What does this have to do with me and my writing? Well, when this sweet man sees I’m struggling, he pulls this t-shirt out of his drawer and invites me to wear it, “just for today.” It’s amazing how much wearing it helps!

So, while I still may wear his t-shirt sometimes, I’m going to try adopting this motto one day at a time. Say it with me:

“TODAY, I CAN DO ANYTHING!”

Reflections on Gratitude

I’ve been thinking how quickly life can change. We’re going about our lives, our daily routines, not paying much attention, when suddenly (or so gradually we don’t notice) life throws us a curve ball. Maybe someone we love becomes critically ill, maybe we lose our job, maybe an accident or fire takes away our transportation or home.

In those moments, we gain a new perspective. Those moments bring to our awareness what’s really important… health, family, friends, and security. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could learn to appreciate those things before they are taken away? Wouldn’t it be great if we could do something each day to take better care of our health? Tell our family members we love them? Show appreciation for our friends? Be grateful for our homes, our transportation, the food on our tables, all the little and big things we enjoy every day but often take for granted?

My goal this week is to find something every day to be grateful for that I haven’t noticed until now. Creating an attitude of gratitude is a choice, one that I’m choosing today!