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    I gather positive thoughts or stories during the day to help me with my struggle in this stage of my life, I am subscribed to various sites and newsgroups and I would like to share what helps pick me up and would like to post them here as I find them.

    Some are phrases, quotes, pictures or stories, I would love to share and hear what your inspirational thoughts are.

    This is my all time favorite

    "There is a natural progression in life, which everyone knew intimately back in the days when we were an agrarian society. You plant, then you cultivate, & finally you harvest. Plant, Cultivate, Harvest. In today's world, everyone wants to go directly from plant to harvest." ~ Jeff Olson

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    "Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success." - Denis Waitley

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    Beautiful pic Wanna....

    This is one of my favourite stories...

    Donkey in the Well

    There once was a little donkey that worked on a very large farm. This donkey was a very hard worker, and was very much appreciated by his master who knew he could count on him do any manner of odd jobs and farm duties.

    One day while hard at work, this donkey fell into a deep pit that the farmer had been digging to use as a well. The donkey cried and cried, and the farmer frantically tried to figure out a way to get the donkey out of the deep hole. However the sides were just too unstable to lower someone down with a rope to tie around the donkey, and as the donkey was panicky and thrashing about, the farmer had the additional concern of one of his farm hands being injured and stuck down the hole too.

    Finally, with a heavy heart, the farmer decided it was best to bury the donkey and put it out of its misery. So he and several of his farm hands started shoveling dirt back into the pit.

    However, after a few minutes of shoveling, the farmer noticed something. The donkey was shaking off the dirt and stomping it into the ground below him. As it dawned on the farmer what was happening, he called the rest of his farm hands to help shovel, and shovel-full after shovel-full of dirt, the donkey stomped it into the ground making the hole shallower by the minute. Soon the well became nearly filled with dirt and the donkey climbed out to the great relief of the farmer and his workers.

    The story of the donkey in the well is timeless, and has circulated the internet more than I can even count. Its message is enduring, for many of us, too, have found ourselves stuck in a situation where we just didn’t know how we’d get through. The metaphorical dirt was poured over our heads, and we either got buried by our problems with no hope of rescue, or we shook the dirt from us and pounded it into the ground to rise victorious.

    We always have the choice to be victim or victor. So next time it feels as if you are in that well with no chance of being freed, think of the little donkey who refused to accept that his circumstances were beyond his control; he didn’t give up and he didn’t give in, and you don’t have to either!

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    Are You Addicted to ?Gloom and Doom??

    Are You Addicted to ?Gloom and Doom?? By Lauren Mackler

    How affirmations really work.
    Chronic negative thinking and the emotions it invokes is, like many destructive behaviors, a form of addiction.



    An old acquaintance of mine recently wrote an article about positive thinking?a subject that is often misunderstood. For many years I, like many people on the personal-development path, believed that by writing down and repeating positive affirmations (positive statements about yourself or your life, written in the present tense as if they were already true), I would think more positively and the changes I sought in myself and in my life would happen automatically. I hung these inspiring statements up all over my house, memorized them, and repeated them out loud, sometimes as much as 100 times a day. But it seemed that no matter how many times I said them, the changes I hoped to achieve continued to elude me.

    It would be nearly 20 years before I finally realized that while affirmations are a powerful tool for clarifying and focusing on what you want, positive action is also required to achieve it. Positive action generates positive thinking, which generates more positive action and positive thinking. Positive action and thinking are a choice, a choice that can be challenging, especially for people who have experienced much suffering and pain in their lives?but it?s still a choice.

    For example, you feel lonely and sad, but instead of isolating yourself, you do something positive. Maybe you attend a cooking class, volunteer at a soup kitchen, or go out for a run?something that refocuses your thoughts and produces a more positive experience rather than sitting home alone eating cookies and feeling sorry for yourself.

    Chronic negative thinking and the emotions it invokes is, like many destructive behaviors, a form of addiction. People become addicted to habitual, ?gloom and doom? thoughts, as well as to the emotions they produce?such as fear and anger. It becomes their comfort zone?it may not be very pleasant, but it?s familiar.

    To break this self-defeating addiction, you have to first understand its roots (almost always found in your life conditioning), and consciously change your behaviors and actions to ones that create more positive results. Over time, you?ll build a string of positive experiences that solidifies a new internal reference point and makes a positive mindset in your new habitual way of thinking.

    Source: Are You Addicted to ‘Gloom and Doom’? By Lauren Mackler - Positive Thoughts

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    Love the donkey story Oney!

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    Good stuff, I grew up in a house of contstant doom and gloom and yes it does become a conditioned behaviour. Taught to be afraid of everything and everyone. I must have known it was not in my nature though as I have spent the past 20 years soul searching and studying the power of positive thought. It can creep back up on you at anytime so you have to constantly be aware of your thoughts and reactions to them.

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    This is for you Wanna :-

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    love your imperfections

    An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

    One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

    At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

    For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

    Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

    But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

    After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."

    The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?" "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them."

    "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house."

    Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

    You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

    SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flower s on your side of the path!

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    That's beautiful Chillgirl!

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