Welcome to the Second Edition of MotivateUs.com's New Newsletter
Focus: Relationships and Choice
Thank you for all of the help and support you have provided me since 1997. Your kind notes and submissions to the website have helped numerous people worldwide and you've touched my heart in a way that will never be forgotten.
Important: What is it you need to know or learn to become more optimistic or positive in your life? Please feel free to share by sending an email.
Something I'd Like To Share
A Little Book That's Helped Me
Do you have a loving relationship with your significant other? Are you a good communicator? Can you get problems aired, discussed and maybe solved without charged emotions flying through the air and unkind words being said?
Initially I couldn't, but over the years I've learned that I can.
I think we all want loving relationships but I don't ever remember seeing an instructional manual on how to go about developing and sustaining one. Did you see one? Did you get one?
Even though I have been in my present relationship for 10 years, I still need to learn new skills and refine existing ones to ensure that my communication is clear, loving and non-threatening.
One book that has really helped me is "Don't Sweet the Small Stuff in Love" by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson. I know you can buy it everywhere - check Amazon and other providers. When I came upon it 7 years ago, I was immediately attracted to it. 100 insights fill the book - each about 2 pages long - with examples and outcomes that helped me learn more about myself and how I was communicating.
Every day, I still open the book and pick a page randomly to re-read. Why do I do this? Because my relationship is important and I want to keep it in the front of my mind each day.
Maybe, if you need it, this little book could help you too.
"There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from."
A Story To Ponder:
A Wise Woman's Stone
A wise woman, who was traveling in the mountains, found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation.
The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But, a few days later, he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
"I've been thinking," he said. "I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone."
--- Author Unknown
A Tip To Consider:
It's All About Choice
You have choices to make everyday and how you feel about yourself and others is one of them. Why not start the day in a positive frame of mind by choice?
Here's a few suggestion to get you going:
Start the day off by saying thank you, first thing, to whatever higher power you believe in. Be thankful and grateful for all that you are, for all that you have, for all that you have experienced.
Decide that today is going to be a great day and make it one. Remember it's your choice and always is.
At the end of the day, say thank you again for all of the experiences you had today and the people you interacted with.
You see each day we get to decide how we want our life to be. In spite of all the tragedies in the world, I choose to be positive. I choose to believe in everyone's goodness. I choose to believe in me. I choose to believe in YOU.
You can too - all you have to do is choose.
If you do this each day for a month, (remember it takes a minimum of 28 days to create a habit), your life is going to be different.
A Quote To Motivate You:
"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."
--- Christian D. Larsen