This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

Walk the Talk

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We’ve all heard of those who “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.” You can be a great listener, a highly empathetic, engaging, charming, and tactful person, but if you don’t step up and reach out to other people when the situation requires it, then all your other skills are meaningless. Just saying “I feel for you” doesn’t cover it. Your actions speak louder than your words.

In your work relationships, this means not only doing your job and striving to be successful but helping others do their jobs and supporting them in their efforts to succeed.

Sometimes, you must place your own self-interests, concerns, and agendas on hold and dial in to those around you. It’s not about being the center of attention or the funniest person in the room; it’s about engaging with other people on their terms and making them comfortable enough to invite you into their lives.

Dear Abby

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Since 1956, trouble-plagued Americans have been writing letters to “Dear Abby,” a clever advice column offering words of wisdom to troubled readers. The woman behind the pen name “Abigail Van Buren” was Pauline Phillips, who died January 16 2013, at age 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2002, the brand was taken over by Pauline’s daughter Jeanne Phillips, who will continue the legacy after her mother’s death. Here are some fun and classic replies from the modern-day agony aunt.

Dear Abby:
I’ve been going steady with this man for six years. We see each other every night. He says he loves me, and I know I love him, but he never mentions marriage. Do you think he’s going out with me just for what he can get?
Gertie

Dear Gertie: I don’t know. What’s he getting?

Dear Abby:
My boyfriend is going to be twenty years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like?
Carol

Dear Carol: Never mind what he’d like. Give him a tie.

Dear Abby:
Are birth control pills deductible?
Kay

Dear Kay: Only if they don’t work.

Dear Abby:
Our son was married in January. Five months later his wife had a ten-pound baby girl. They said the baby was premature. Tell me, can a baby this big be that early?
Wondering

Dear Wondering: The baby was on time, the wedding was late.

Dear Abby:
Do you think about dying much?
Curious

Dear Curious: No, it’s the last thing I want to do.

Dear Abby:
Is it possible for a man to be in love with two women at the same time?
Jake

Dear Jake: Yes, and also hazardous.

Dear Abby:
I know boys will be boys, but my ‘boy’ is seventy-three and he’s still chasing women. Any suggestions?
Annie

Dear Annie: Don’t worry. My dog has been chasing cars for years, but if he ever caught one, he wouldn’t know what to do with it.

Dear Abby:
I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Any suggestions?
Sam In Cal.

Dear Sam: Yes. Run for public office.

Dear Abby:
What inspires you most to write?
Ted

Dear Ted: The Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Dear Abby:
When you are being introduced, is it all right to say, “I’ve heard a lot about you”?
Rita

Dear Rita: It depends on what you’ve heard.

Dear Abby:
I am forty-four years old and I would like to meet a man my age with no bad habits.
Rose

Dear Rose: So would I.

Dear Abby:
What’s the difference between a wife and a mistress?
Bess

Dear Bess: Night and Day.

Enjoy Your Wealth

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No matter how much money you have, it won’t make you happy if you’re not already happy. And no matter how much you spend, you won’t be able to buy happiness either.

Remind yourself that a ‘poverty’ mentality might not have a big impact on the amount of money you have in the bank in the future, but it can have a dramatic effect on your ability to appreciate the real wealth and abundance in your life today.

Worrying about money is one of the biggest causes of unhappiness, but no amount of money can make you happy unless you change the way you feel about it.  So starting from today, focus on what you do have, what your purpose is and how you can positively get what you want.

Things My Mother Taught Me

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My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done.
“If you’re going to kill your sister, do it outside. I just finished cleaning!”

My mother taught me religion.
“You better pray that stain will come out of the carpet.”

My mother taught me logic.
” Because I said so, that’s why.”

My mother taught me more logic.
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My mother taught me foresight.
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

My mother taught me about the science of osmosis.
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

My mother taught me about contortionism.
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

My mother taught me about stamina.
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”

My mother taught me about weather.
“Your room looks as if a tornado went through it.”

My mother taught me about hypocrisy.
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”

My mother taught me the circle of life.
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

My mother taught me about behaviour modification.
“Stop acting like your father!”

My mother taught me about envy.
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”

My mother taught me about anticipation.
“Just wait until we get home.”

My mother taught me medical science.
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

My mother taught me humor.
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My mother taught me how to become an adult.
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

My mother taught me genetics.
“You’re just like your father.”

My mother taught me wisdom.
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

My mother taught me about justice.
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Shine from the Heart

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One day, a gardener’s friend was visiting him. As he showed his friend the flowers, they came to the most beautiful one – a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. His friend thought, “If this was my plant, I’d put it in the loveliest container I had.”

The gardener explained, “I ran short of pots and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn’t mind starting out in this old pail. It’s just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden.”

We always judge people by their appearance. You may not look as attractive as other people, but your beautiful soul won’t mind starting out in your body – just like the roots of a tree.

Our lives are not determined by what happened to us, but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It’s a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

Women Over 40

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A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, “What are you thinking?” She just doesn’t care what you think.

If a woman over 40 doesn’t want to watch the game, she doesn’t sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do. And, it’s usually something more interesting.

A woman over 40 knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom.

A woman over 40 rarely gives a hoot what you might think about her or what she’s doing.

A woman over 40 is dignified. She seldom has a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant.

A woman over 40 is generous with praise, often undeserved. She knows what it’s like to be unappreciated.

A woman over 40 couldn’t care less if you’re attracted to her friends because she knows her friends won’t betray her.

A woman over 40 gets psychic as she ages. You never have to confess your sins to her. She always knows.

A woman over 40 is forthright and honest. She’ll tell you right off if you are a jerk or if you are acting like one! You don’t ever have to wonder where you stand with her.

Don’t Hold Back

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Before you start your day, take a minute to visualise your life as if your hopes and dreams were your reality. Pay attention to how comfortable and natural it feels to be living this life. Then carry that feeling of quiet confidence about the future with you as you go about your day.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is, ‘How do I hold myself back?’ Once you know the answer you can get out of your way. Listen to your inner dialogue. Every time you find yourself saying ‘but’ to one of your ideas, what you are really doing is putting an obstacle in your path. Challenge yourself today to rethink your ideas as if there were no ‘buts’.

Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams and believe in your right to achieve your dreams.

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