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You just never know where you may be planting seeds…

I have a Christmas Cactus plant that had been in my office for several years. It loved the sun shining in the floor to ceiling windows.

The plant seemed to be growing more on one side of the pot than the other so I thought I’d see if I could start another plant on the other side of the pot. I cut a small piece off the end and stuck it in the dirt to see if it would take root.

A few days later, I noticed a new sprout coming up out of the dirt, near where I had put the piece in the dirt but it sure didn’t look like the cactus. I looked closer and really couldn’t figure out what it was.

I asked someone to come and look to see if they could tell. We got the magnifying glass with light to really look close. He says to me ‘it looks like there’s a seed on the top’ which I had thought was just dirt. ‘It looks like a watermelon seed!’

After a moment of confusion over how would a watermelon seed get in with my Christmas Cactus it dawns on me. Several months before, after eating my watermelon pieces, I had a bit of juice that I poured into my plant. And in that juice there was a seed.

The week before when I stuck the scissors into the dirt to get a little hole for the piece I had cut, it must’ve moved the watermelon seed in the dirt just enough to get it growing to this little sprout. Wow, it had been several months since the seed landed in the dirt.

As the saga continued, the watermelon grew for a while, flowered even but alas, didn’t get enough fun in the sun. For awhile it really was an interesting pair with the watermelon and the Christmas Cactus. I wish I still had some pictures… But the watermelon plant didn’t survive, but the cactus still thrives in my kitchen. There’s one of it’s flowers below.

The reason I bring this up is:

  • What seeds are we planting?
  • Did we plant them on purpose or were they accidental?
  • How long might they take to sprout?
  • How do we continue to help them to sprout and grow?

Your words are seeds. Use the positive affirmations to sprout and grow what you would like in your life.

Someone told me they weren’t able to start the 21 Day Challenge so they missed it. I said start today or tomorrow, but start! Start bringing positive affirmations into your life today and planting the seeds of tomorrow.

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue
empowerment4you@gmail.com

PSA  I am excited about every new day. Thank you.

christmas cactus

Blooms in time for Thanksgiving

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Hip Hip Horray!! Today is the 21st day of the 21 Day Challenge.

Hopefully all of you have noticed a difference over the last 21 days – a difference in your attitude, a difference with others’ attitude, happier meetings, happier days, happier outcomes & outlooks.

Feedback has been positive – watching the waitstaff’s energy shift to positive, paying attention to your own energy shift to positive, people appreciating the reminder to look to the positive and to watch the negative thoughts. What I heard the most was ‘thank you for the reminder‘. 🙂 You are welcome!!

Well, you know, just because it’s been 21 days doesn’t mean you need to stop with the positive affirmations… Yes, that’s right. Keep them up – today, tomorrow — forever!

One thing I’ve learned over the years that helps keep things like this in the forefront of my mind is teach someone else. And as I’m sure you know, you don’t always have to say ‘hey, I want to teach you something’, you can teach by example. So what about your kids? They’re so eager to learn new things. Teach them how to bring positive affirmations into their day at school, their homework or their sports.

Listen to the words they’re using. Now that you’ve been watching the words you use, I’m sure you notice when others are using negative words… Help them reword what they say into a positive affirmation.

Child says: Someone at school is always picking on me.
Positive affirmation: I enjoy spending time with kids at school. The kids at school are nice.

Child says: I always miss the ball when it comes my way.
Positive affirmation: I easily catch the ball OR I easily kick the ball (depending on sport).

You get the idea. So teach someone how to bring affirmations into their lives, whether it be a child, your spouse, a co-worker or your boss. 🙂

Something else to intermingle with your affirmations – gratitude. When you remember to bring positive affirmations into your day, be grateful. When something went right, be grateful. Just add an ‘I am grateful‘ or ‘Thank you‘ to the end of your positive affirmations.

Bringing gratitude to your affirmations – what a great way to start Thankgiving month! 🙂

Thank you for doing the 21 Day Challenge – and keep it up (Dad agrees!!!). Thank you Dad, I am grateful you are still in my life.

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue
empowerment4you@gmail.com

PSA I am having a stupendous day. Thank you Universe!

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Howdy Peeps,

I just did a Google search for ‘positive affirmations’ and received about 2,650,000 results. That’s a lot of results. A lot of people have a things to say about positive affirmations. Even my Dad.

I notice 3:12 on the clock. Thank you Dad, hello to you too (3.12 is Dad’s birthday, he passed in 1984). What inspiration can you give me on ‘positive affirmations’? Then I notice the battery time on my laptop right now is 3:12 (that updates every couple of minutes). OK – Dad – what do you have to tell me, us? We’re listening!

What I remember about him, having to do with being positive is more what he did rather than what I remember him saying. He ‘acted as if’.

I decided to close my eyes, tune in to Dad and see what he has to say.

I always wanted you to do your best, and that still continues. The best way I knew how to show you when you were growing up is for me to continue to go after my dreams – never give up.

I started the body shop in the garage which led to my own business. After several years in I pursued another dream, owning a restaurant. Changing it into another restaurant wasn’t all because it wasn’t doing well, it was about still pursuing my dream, focusing on the positive – what is my dream.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t give up. I looked for the positive things – how the surgery would remove the tumor so I could live longer, what the chemo would do so it wouldn’t come back. I looked for the positive in things and kept my attitude positive.

Remember when you would come into the hospital, I would put on a smile so you would know things would be all right though I knew I wouldn’t be with you much longer. I kept the positive outlook.

Thanks Dad! You did teach me a lot about positive affirmations in the form of ‘doing’. What we do speaks volumes and our kids do notice.

There’s a quote I like: “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Thank you Dad! Angel Blessings to you.

Sue
empowerment4you@gmail.com

PS Less than a week left on the 21 Day Challenge!!
PSA Today is a new day and all is well!

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Happy Tuesday Peeps!!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes, on the blog, Facebook, cards, e-cards, in person. I had a fantabulous day – friends and food and birthday wishes everywhere!! It was awesome!

How is the 21 Day Challenge going? I have gotten a bit of feedback – affirmations that some of you are using. AWESOME!!!

Here is my affirmation for all of you: Everyone is seeing positive results and having wonderful days through their use of positive affirmations! 🙂

Affirmations and Control – they seem an unlikely pair. But who has control over your thoughts, your affirmations?

That’s right – you do!

You may say or think things like – “they said… and it made me feel…” (I know I have).

Well, let’s take back control over our thoughts and affirmations. Right now! Today!

So as we talked about in the 21 Day Challenge – stop, reframe it in a positive way before you head into a downward spiral of negativity.

I read something over the weekend which may help put it into perspective. 90 seconds is all it takes. 90 seconds for what? This is what Jill Bolte-Taylor says: “Within 90 seconds from the initial trigger, the chemical component of my anger has completely dissipated from my blood and my automatic response is over.”

Jill Bolte-Taylor is a brain scientist who had a blood vessel explode in her brain in 1996 and authored the book, My Stroke of Insight to talk about it.

So, if someone throughout your day ‘makes’ you angry, or upset, turn it around with something positive. Or you can turn the control over to them and continue to think about how angry you are, tell other people how angry you are and relive the anger over and over and over – way past the 90 seconds it took for the anger to actually dissipate from your blood.

My vote is, I’m going to turn this into something positive. I’m taking back control.

What may have happened: Someone took your idea and ran with it.
Affirmation: Many great ideas come to me every day. Thank you.

What may have happened: Someone’s child is screaming in the store.
Affirmation: My hearing is wonderful and I easily hear that child. I am grateful.

You’re thinking about: How angry you are about the person who pulled in front of you on the highway.
Affirmation: Thank you for me ‘catching’ this negative thought. I think positive thoughts now – I surround myself with wonderful and caring drivers.

These may sound way too simple to do, but again I challenge you to look at what you are thinking and saying. Are they all positive? If not, do the challenge.

Here’s a re-cap of the challenge:

When you find yourself saying (or thinking) a negative affirmation, stop, turn it around. Say a positive affirmation right then and repeat it a couple of times.

Here’s an example:

I hate the drive I have to get to work. (negative)

>> Stop <<

I enjoy my leisurely drive to and from the office. The drivers who surround me are courteous and thoughtful. (positive).

Affirmations are the foundation of how we live each day! Do you tell your child or spouse – go have a crappy day at school or the office? I wouldn’t think so… You probably say something like: Go have yourself a stupendous and amazing day!!! I know I will! 🙂

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue
empowerment4you@gmail.com

PSA The Universe loves me and all is well!

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Happy Friday Everyone (well, almost Friday)!!

Since Friday is my birthday, (yes, my special day!!), I’m hoping for a present from you. It’s not what you may think. I’m actually looking for Birthday Presence.

Birthday Presence – what is that, you ask? Right now, this very moment, be present with where you are, who you are, what you are thinking and the expression on your face! And, breathe!

This is my moment, right now, as I’m typing this:

  • I’m in my kitchen at the table
  • I am a loving, spiritual, compassionate and gifted healer
  • I am thinking…
    • …how grateful I am to be here right now, in this moment
    • …one spark of inspiration from me to you and you to the next person (and watch the ripple~) is an awesome and wonderful gift
  • And I have a big genuine smile on my 🙂 face 🙂
  • Breathe in, breathe out – ahhhhhhh

Another cool birthday present is for you to pass it on. Pass on your smile, tell someone an affirmation, tell another about the 21 day challenge. Forward them the blog so they can follow along as well. Share it on Facebook or ReTweet on Twitter. Pass it on.

Think how much more fun your day could be when everyone is having a positive day!!!

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue

PSA (Post Script Affirmation)  I am having a stupendous day. The Universe takes care of me.

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Happy Tuesday everyone. I hope you are doing well with your affirmations and the 21 day challenge.

A friend shared her experience a day or so after reading the 21 day challenge article.

She was in a ‘line’ for Customer Service. She had waited for nearly 20 minutes with no one in line in front of her. She kept repeating ‘be positive, be positive’. After asking the clerk if she was in the correct line, which she was, he helped her, without commenting on her waiting so long.

She did not get upset about the situation though it could have clearly upset some. This was the third thing she had noticed where she would normally have gotten upset about – and didn’t.

If you focus on the positive, things may go smoother.

I was in the DOT this morning, renewing my license as well as updating my car title. The first window I smiled, said Good Morning and asked how she was doing. She smiled back with a genuine smile and reciprocated. She gave me a number and explained which area I needed to go.

I went to the Photo area. Once my number was called, I greeted the person taking the picture with a big smile and a Good Morning. And he reciprocated.

He took my picture, which of course has a great smile on it, and asked me to wait in the lobby until my number was called.

I went to my next window. I smiled and said Good Morning. He didn’t really look at me, was doing his thing, and only paying attention to what he was doing, not me and my smile.

OK, I’ll try another approach… I asked who to make the check out to and verified the amount was for both things. He said yes and told me my title would be up in a minute.

‘Oh Wow, I was thinking I’d have to wait several weeks’. He says, without much enthusiasm ‘no, that’s one of the benefits of coming in here to get it taken care of’.

And my response, with a smile and enthusiasm is ‘and of course to see your smiling face too’. And he was hooked – there was the smile I was waiting for. And it was genuine. And he was still smiling when I walked away, back to the Photo area to get my license.

Maybe I didn’t walk in the door, ‘saying’ an affirmation, but my smile, my enthusiasm and my Good Morning WAS my affirmation.

So how long total, do you think I was in there? I wish I would have timed it, but it was no more than 15 minutes.

One more story, with another example. This is what someone sent me this morning:

A big positive: I am really tired of being in pain and having no life … and get on with what I need to do to take care of myself.

I have heard these words, almost exactly from more than one person. If we break it down, about the only thing that is positive is the word positive. Let’s turn it around so if you are looking at a similar situation, you can have some positive words to use.

A big positive: I am able to take care of myself. I am excited about life and have the energy I need to enjoy it. My body feels healthy.

What a difference a word makes. As I said, this was the second or third person I’ve heard almost these same words from.

Have you heard: today’s thoughts become tomorrow’s actions. Today’s actions become tomorrow’s habits.

I vote we have positive thoughts for today.

Something you may want to do, ask a friend to be your ‘Affirmation Buddy’. What is this? Ask a friend to help ‘catch you’ when your words may need some positive words inserted.

We all know it’s much easier to see where the other person could use our assistance 🙂 than seeing where we need it.

So let me know how you’re doing!! I like to share stories or at least some details.

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue

PS Forward to your friends, share the blog link on FaceBook or ReTweet on Twitter!! Follow this blog so you won’t miss a single word.

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How are you doing on the 21 day challenge?

Well, for me, yesterday was a CHALLENGE all the way around!! I was frustrated with what I was working on and hit a wall. I hadn’t felt that wall for quite a while.

I was using affirmations all right, not positive ones though (I’m frustrated, I don’t know how to do this). So I decided to walk away from my computer.

On the way to an appointment, I chose to be thankful for the wonderful drivers around me. I smiled up at the sun peaking through the clouds.

Then I repeated a POSITIVE affirmation several times:  The information I need for my website will be provided to me when I need it.

I arrived at my appointment and was handed a piece of paper for the class – the class I need for my website. 24 hours later, I have the walls I ran into yesterday, all taken care of.

Remember the challenge!!

When you find yourself saying (or thinking) a negative affirmation, stop, turn it around. Say a positive affirmation right then and repeat it a couple of times.

Here’s my example from yesterday:

I am frustrated, I don’t know how to do this. (negative).

>> Stop <<

The information I need for my website will be provided to me when I need it. (positive).

Let me know how you’re doing!!

Angel Blessings to you.

Sue

PS  Forward to your friends, share it on FaceBook or ReTweet on Twitter!!

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