Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Travel Challenge Color Blind

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The Travel Challenge Color Blind

I stopped at a rest area.  There was a man who looked like he need help.  He had dropped his key and could not find it.  After I found his key, we started talking.  I asked why could he not see the key?  All I see are shades of light and dark.  The doctor's call it shades of "GRAY."  I don't know what gray is, so I can't disagree.  As we were talking, he made a comment; sometimes, I wish everyone could see the way I see.  I asked Why?  People could not argue over skin color, and he laughed.  Don't they understand that color is only skin deep?  Then he said something interesting, I don't see color, but I see the light and darkness.  Some people have a glow/light around them, and others have a cloud/darkness around them.  The people he pointed out to have light looked like they were happy.  The people that he pointed out to be dark liked like they were sad or upset.

#Travel Happy
#TravelWithLight
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Travel Challenge Adoption

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The Travel Challenge Adoption

One morning at breakfast I met a family at a #ChoiceHotel in IL.  The first thing I noticed was the child.  The child was waving and waving at me.  I waved and smiled.  He smiled the biggest smile.  He said Moma, She waved at me.  By this time I had sat down near them.  She said Oh I am so sorry if he is bothering you.  He does not understand that some people do not want to talk to him.  I said He is ok and he is a special child.  The mother said yes, he is very special.  We loved him the first time we saw him in the hospital.  He has Down Syndrome and he a 24/7 child.  But he is very smart when it comes to building blocks.  When I need him to calm down all I have to give him a building block.

After the child was born, the adopting parents found out he had Down Syndrome.  The dad said our son has give us a perspective to living that is priceless.

This child is a good example of "Just Loving."
His mom and dad are examples of loving unconditional.

#UnconditionalLove
#Adoption
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The Travel Challenge Heart Transplant

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The Travel Challenge Heart Transplant

One morning at breakfast I met a man in his 90's at a #ChoiceHotel in IL.  He was on this way to see his heart doctors.  I ask how is your heart.  He said my heart died 20 years ago, but the transplant is doing just fine thank you.  He said the doctors said the transplanted heart would only beat for about 5-10 years at the most.  He laughed.  He looked at me and said we showed them.  What a sense of humor.

I asked if you could give the world one message, what would it be? 
He said ... Love, Love, Love.  Love every day as if you were dying. 
His Story:
When I found out 20+ years ago I was dying, the first thing I made sure, everything was good between me and the Lord Jesus. Every morning, every night, and every time I saw my wife, I said I love you with a kiss.  Then I went to everyone I could and said I love you.  If there was strife between me and them, I tried to make things right and even say I was sorry, even when I did not know what was wrong.
Then when I got the transplant and the doctors said I was going to be ok for 5-10 years.  I told my wife, I am going to stay retired and We are going to live.  We are living every day as if it was our last.  And that is what we have done for the past 20+ years.  He said Life is to short to hate.

#TravelingPositive






The Travel Challenge Custodian


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The Travel Challenge Custodian

I was at a rest area in the great State of #Tennessee.  When I see the Custodians and Maintenance Workers and the people fill the vending machines, I try to mark a point of saying Thank You.

As I came around the corner not watching what I was doing.  I almost bumped into a Custodian worker.  After apologizing, he asked where I was from.   He was telling me stories about my home county in the mountains for NC, the Moonshiners, The Revenuers, fights on election day, the old road that when to nowhere unless you knew where you were going. As we were laughing, a man walked by, dropped a paper and just looked at the custodian.  As I picked up the paper, the custodian said that kind of person I don't like.  I ask why.  He said they think they are better than me, but I am the one who cleans the toilet that they put their butts on.  If it was not for people like me, their restrooms would not be useable because they can not clean up after themselves.

After a few minutes, a lady brought by her husband to the man and asked her husband to say thank you for cleaning the restroom.  And he did and said sorry.  A small victory, but it was a victory.


#TravelingPositive

The Travel Challenge Cashier

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The Travel Challenge Cashier

It is time to buy more black/white composition books.  I was almost out.  I stopped at #DollarTree.  My mission in life is looking for an opportunity to help people.  When I was in the back of the line, I noticed the cashier was very sad.  So I took the opportunity to ask why she was so sad.  As I listened to her, I just wanted to hug her.  I asked if I gave you a #OnlyPositiveBook would you use it.  She said she would listen to me.  I went to my car and fixed her a book.  As I was going back into the store, I talked to the store manager. I asked when does her cashier take a break.  I explained the #OnlyPositiveBook.  The manager said Yes I could talk to her if she got a book too.  I gave her that book.  then the manager asked if she can reproduce the book.  I said yes, make one and give this to everyone.  I went back to the car and I made a couple more.  As I was explaining the cashier the book, a friend of the cashiers came up.  We stepped to the side and the friend started asking questions.  The friends said she would help the cashier with the book if I gave her one too.  I ended up giving away 3 of the 10 books that I bought that day.

When you are open, God blesses you with opportunities.

#LiveThePositiveLife
#TravelingPositive


Update:
I stopped at #DollarTree to get books.  I was out again.  The cashier was there with a smile.  When she saw me, she gave me a hug.  She said Thank you for the book.  She asked where she could buy the Only Positive Book.  She had a lot of friends that want one.  I told her, she can reproduce the book.  I made the book to be given away.


The Travel Challenge Nashville Band

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The Travel Challenge Nashville Band

I stopped at the Nashville Rest Area.  As I was walking around, I noticed a group of musicians.  You know, small drum, guitars, and singers. the typical country band.  One of the guys asks did I have a song I would like for them to play for me.  I don't know, do you all know anything Christian?  Oh yes, they started playing some hymns.  Their 4 part harmony was great. Then when I walked by again I heard them sing a Christian song that they wrote.  So I stopped and listened. We started talking again.  They asked me about my limp.  I told them about the accident and how I learned to walk again.  They started singing Philippians 4:13.


lead singer ... backup & the crowd     The song went something like ...

Oh Yes, I Can … In Jesus Name
Oh Yes, I Will … In Jesus Name
I Can Do … In Jesus Name
All Things … In Jesus Name
Through Christ … In Jesus Name
In Christ’s Strength …In Jesus Name
Who Strengthens Me … In Jesus Name
In Jesus Name ... In Jesus Name

To the Band, thank you for singing.  I will never forget you guys.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Travel Challenge Blood Cancer

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The Travel Challenge Blood Cancer

I meet an older lady who needed help getting to a seat in the shade.  I stayed with her until I knew she was okay.  As she was getting her breath, we talked.  She is in her 80's. She said a lady never says her true age, but she is happy she made it past 80.  She has had breast cancer and they were removed.  She had female cancer and those parts were removed.  Then her skin started losing its color (the pigment).   She noticed her hands were turning white almost see-thru (Vitiligo) and then on her arms and then she noticed it on her legs and now Vitiligo is all over her body.  She said, "I lost everything that made me a female. I lost what made me my race (her skin color). Then I lost my hair."  She lifted her hat.  "All of the cancer treatments and medicines are changing my body.  I can't be in the sun much so I wear long sleeves and a hat.  I have learned to love nights.  Today I am traveling to my cancer doctor.  My doctor will be giving me the result of my blood cancer."  I asked if I could put her in my prayer journal and she said oh yes, please.    We prayed and hugged and said bye.  I felt so blessed by meeting her.  She had lost so much but with Jesus, she feels blessed.  After the prayer, she said when I get to heaven I will be a better me than I could ever be down here.

But that is not the end of the story.  This lady was around 5' something.  As I watched her walk to the car, a gentleman asked if I was praying with her?  My first thought did I do something wrong?  But I looked at him with a smile and in his eyes and said Yes Sir.  He smiled.  He said that lady you were talked to --- She is my mother.  Now this man was 6' something and his skin color was very dark brown.  Now I understood what she was saying.  He said, Thank you because she is a new Christian.  She accepted Christ just a couple of years ago.  Soon after she was told she had blood cancer.  My church prayed over her.  The doctors have not started cancer treatment because her blood cancer is healing itself and they are confused.  This is the first good news she has had in over 20 years.  He said thanks again and add her family to your prayer book.  And I did.


Jesus place your protective hand upon this family and I give the honor and glory to you.  In Jesus Name I pray.

#BloodCancer
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Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Travel Challenge Meeting People

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The Travel Challenge Meeting People

This is not everyone I talked to on my trip, but these are the people I remember the most.

Search the blog for the following:

*The Travel Challenge Adoption
The Travel Challenge Artist
The Travel Challenge Blind
*The Travel Challenge Blood Cancer
The Travel Challenge Burger King
*The Travel Challenge Cashier
The Travel Challenge College Prophesier
The Travel Challenge College Student
The Travel Challenge Color Blind
*The Travel Challenge Custodian
The Travel Challenge Divorce
The Travel Challenge Engineer
The Travel Challenge Eye Doctor Office
The Travel Challenge Family
The Travel Challenge Friends
*The Travel Challenge Heart Transplant
The Travel Challenge High School Student
The Travel Challenge Historian
The Travel Challenge Homeless
The Travel Challenge I need a Yes
The Travel Challenge Inn Keeper
The Travel Challenge Kidney Transplant
The Travel Challenge Lost
The Travel Challenge McDonald’s
The Travel Challenge Men’s Halfway Home
The Travel Challenge Moe’s
The Travel Challenge Mr. Money & Family
The Travel Challenge Mr. Walker and Mrs. Wheelchair Helper
*The Travel Challenge Nashville Band
The Travel Challenge Old As Dirt
The Travel Challenge Opportunity
The Travel Challenge Over Worked and Under Paid
The Travel Challenge The Preacher
The Travel Challenge Prison
The Travel Challenge Subway
The Travel Challenge Trucker
The Travel Challenge Walmart
The Travel Challenge Wendy’s
The Travel Challenge White Castle
The Travel Challenge Woman’s Shelter



The Travel Challenge Only Positive Book

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The Travel Challenge Only Positive Book

Jesus showed me something today and changed how I am presenting the blog this month.

I shop at #DollorStore often.  I buy these $1 Composition Books.

I have named this Book - Only Positive. Only Positive words are to be used in this book.  When I feel lead, I give them out.

The first page is called THANKFULNESS.

The middle page is called DECISIONS.

The middle page is called SCRIPTURE.

The last page is called OVERCOMER.

For details about this book and how to create your own ... Search "Only Positive Book."  I explain how I use this book.

In All Things Be Thankful
#OnlyPositiveBook


The Travel Challenge Scripture

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The Travel Challenge Scripture

Jesus showed me something today and changed how I am presenting the blog this month.

I shop at #DollorStore often.  I buy these $1 Composition Books.

The middle page is called SCRIPTURE.

I read and listen to the Bible often, but sometimes I need a specific verse.  The verse that gives me encouragement and helps me take one more step when I cant on my own.  Everyone has there own verses that encourage them.

Example:
When my ankle was broken, I could not even put weight on my foot.  I went thru physical therapy and learned how to walk by saying:  I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

God's name is I AM.  When I was trying to learn how to walk again, I was talking out loud.
In God's Name, I AM standing.  In God's Name, I AM walking.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14 NIV)  I could not stand or walk without God's help.

I give these books away to encourage people to be the best they can be.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV)


Use Scripture to help and comfort you.  Use God's to correct, but not to destroy.  Use God's word to left people up, not look down and step on them.  You do not know when your life will be that person's life.  Don't say it will not happen to me because it can.

I have expanded this section everything you read, everything you listen: 
     the Holy Bible, book, chapter, write the verse, meaning/thoughts
     the name of the book & page & what is important /thoughts
     music
     website
     speaker
     what speaks to you in a positive way


In All Things Remember Scripture
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The Travel Challenge Overcomer

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The Travel Challenge Overcomer

Jesus showed me something today and changed how I am presenting the blog this month.

I shop at #DollorStore often.  I buy these $1 Composition Books.

The last page is called OVERCOMER.

I ask the person to write down one thing they need to get done.  Write your goal using a positive statement. List positive facts using the "SMART" Goals to achieve the goal.
As you achieve each line on your list, strick thru it.
Then when you have achieved everything on your list, revisit the list and evaluate if there is anything missing.  When everything on the list is done you have OVERCOME  that goal.  You are a Winner!

Example:  A lady and I were talking about her goals and what she had done and what was left on her list.  She had gotten a job with flexible work hours. She had gotten a small car.  She had gotten a house by taking care of her mother.  The BIG goal was going to school for her degree.  She could not go to the supervisor position until she received an associate degree.  She had been in and out of schools several times due to sickness in her family.  She was at the point in her life she said I have to get my degree.  I asked how long or how many classes will it take for you to get the degree. She said I don't know.  I suggested to talk to the department advisor and see how many classes and how long will it take. She wrote down all the core classes needed and they strike thru the classes she did not have to take.  The list showed her, she only needed a few classes to graduate.  She graduated in December of the next year by taking classes at night.  She saw me a few months after her graduation.  She said she had no idea she was so close to getting her degree.

Most people miss out in life because they stop right before the victory.

Search BE SMART in this blog, for an explanation of SMART Goals.


In All Things, I AM AN OVERCOMER
Plan to be an Overcomer.
#OnlyPositiveBook
#BeSMART

The Travel Challenge Positive Decisions

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The Travel Challenge Positive Decisions

Jesus showed me something today and changed how I am presenting the blog this month.

I shop at #DollorStore often.  I buy $1 Composition Books.

The middle page is called POSITIVE DECISIONS.

This part of the book I ask for people to write down what they have trouble with and then a positive decision.

Bible Example: Daniel decided he would pray to God no matter what the law was.  Joseph decides he was keeping himself pure.

Example:  I have a problem with overeating and eating the wrong things.  When I am tempted with to eating dessert, I remember I have to walk 1 mile for every 100 calories,  Am I willing to walk the miles to eat the dessert?

Example:  I have a friend that has a problem with drinking.  His decision is When I am tempted to drink, I will walk away and I call my sponsor and only be around people who will not drink.


In All Things, MAKE POSITIVE DECISIONS.
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The Travel Challenge Thankfulness

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The Travel Challenge Thankfulness

Jesus showed me something today and changed how I am presenting the blog this month.

I shop at #DollorStore often.  I buy these $1 Composition Books.

The first page is called THANKFULNESS.

CurrentlyThankfulness
I asked them to make a personal list of everything they are currently thankful for, no matter how small.   Before the list was "Thank You Jesus for:" or "Thank you God for:".  I ask for them to look at the list as much as they can and repeat it in prayer, read the list out loud (if possible) at every night and every morning for 15 min or along as you can.  let this list be the first and last thing you do every day.  This ides came from when I was having trouble with depression and in a very dark place in my life.  Before reading my list before I went to sleep, I was having nightmares and during the day I was having panic attacks.  My list just helped me get thru the day.

Future Thankfulness
A lady asked if she could put AIR on her list.  I said yes, no matter how small. But why air?  She said she has asthma and sometimes I can't breathe.  I said Oh yes, please.  She wrote down, Thank you, Jesus, for the air you are giving me so I can breathe. She understood the heart of the list.  That is the second point of Thankfulness.  When you have a need, instead of saying God I don't have so I need or God I have to have.  Look at what you truly need and pray a prayer of thankfulness for what you need.
Good Example:  You are needing a better paying job.  Then you can pray, Thank you, Jesus, for the job you are preparing me for.  Help me see your hand of prevision whether it is here or another job.
Bad Example: I know a girl she needed transportation for work, There was a bus stop in front of the apartment and at work.  Someone at her work gave her a bus pass for a month to help, so she would not miss work.  She declined it because she did not want to ride a BUS.  She said I need a car, not a bus.  Sometimes your needs are met.  You don't see the blessing before you because your attitude is it is not good enough.

For more information search "Before You Sleep."

In All Things Be Thankful
#OnlyPositiveBook



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Travel Challenge August 6th

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The Travel Challenge August 6th

Tuesday, August 6


I arrived in Greenville ... DONE.  YEA.
Paperwork ... DONE.
Talked to Miss R ... DONE.


My Favorite Eating Place
I went by one of my favorite eating places to see a girl started working there a few years ago.  When I first meet her, she was broken spiritually.  We talked about volunteer & coming to work every time she could, learning every position, no position to small, being early, smiling, etc.  Every time I saw her, I poured words of encouragement into her.  We talked about God's forgiveness and God's blessing.  Every time I saw her, I reminded her ... And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. I would ask Are you Christian?  She would say yes.  God has a purpose for you and He is blessing you. We talked about being thankful for the little things.  A little acorn grows into an oak tree over time.

When I first meet her she was only working a few hours a week as cashier, then her volunteer and call-in hours was more than her scheduled hours.  Today she told me she is now the assistant manager.

#Encouragement
#DreamWithNoLimits
#KISSChallenge 

The Travel Challenge August 5th

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The Travel Challenge August 5th

Monday, August 5

After a good night's sleep and Monday Morning Work ... Done.
The tire looks good.
Off to #Budget.  #Budget took care of me.  Within minutes I had a new vehicle.  #ThankYouBudget.

This time I have more room.  Everything in the new vehicle.  Ate Breakfast, it is noon and raining.  I promised, when it rains too hard, I will stop.  I drove in rain for most of Fl and that's Fl for you.  Yes, I had to stop at rest areas on the way up.

It is midnight and I made it N of Newberry, SC.  My back/tail bone is just hurting too bad to get to Greenville.  This is a nice SUV, but I can't rest in it.  I had to spend the night at the Quality Inn in Clinton, SC to get rest.  I enjoyed the nice bed, hot shower & hot breakfast.  Everyone was very nice. This was all I needed a bed, shower, & breakfast.   Thank you Quality Inn for a comfortable room and a good rate.  Just what this traveler needed & I did not need fancy.

#ShowingKindness
#TheKISSChallenge

It's Tuesday Morning, I used the guest office area. I answered all my work emails and drive to Greenville, SC for my meeting.



The Travel Challenge August 4th

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The Travel Challenge August 4

Always plan for delays.

I picked up my crossover Jeep at 12 and they close at 1pm because it was Sunday.
I organized and packed the Jeep carefully and every square inch is valuable.
We were doing a 360 check around the car before I leave.  We do this to make sure everything is packed and nothing is left in the yard.  We were doing the 360 and we found a SCREW in the sidewall of the passenger rear tire.  I am so thankful we found it before I got on the road.

I called Avis/Budget Roadside service.
    My options were:
        1.  They will change out the tire to a donut and drive up to 50 miles to find an AVIS / Budget Rental place.  That would be to Ft Lauderdale / Hollywood / Maini Airport.  No, I did not want to drive to Miami Airport, even on a Sunday evening.
        2.  Get the tire changed and wait until Monday Morning.
        3. Or just wait.
We choose just wait.  The tire was not losing air and it is past time to eat.  We did not want to wait an hour or until a AAA person to change the tire.

A screw is out of my control, so we went to eat and for a walk.  After eating and walking, we got back just in time to watch a #Hallmark movie.  Because the stress of leaving was gone, we could finally relax and enjoy another night at the beach.

As soon as I know I was not leaving on Sunday and I was not going to be in Greenville Monday.  I texted everyone.  Everyone was happy that I was safe.  That is how to live positive.

I drive people nuts when I say I will get there when I get there or I will try to be there.  If I was a few miles down the road, I would say Yes, 11am, I will be there.  But when you are driving 10 hours + 3 hr for stops + hours for traffic + hours for overnight,  anything could happen.  I refuse to get upset over things out of my control.

#delays
#stayclam
#MakeNewPlans



The Travel Challenge August 2nd & 3rd

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The Travel Challenge August 2nd & 3rd

Friday, August 2

Friday Night is our #DateNight.  After work, we drove to eat.  After we got home, we went on normal walking.  We usually try to find a movie to watch, but we went to #Walmart instead.  I had a list of things I need to buy for the trip.  While I was there getting my list, Mark had his list.  I was needing more steps so I was walking all over the store and back to the buggy.  I went to Walmart to get cheap snacks and toiletries.  If I leave them behind, no biggy.

After I got home, I was packing and trying to find everything needed for the trip.

That was a fun way to get steps and be healthy.

#BeHealthy
#FunDateNight

Saturday, August 3

There was no SUV in Pompano or I could go to the Airport or wait until Sunday.
I decided to wait and have another day at the beach.  We went to #BeachGrill and had their hamburger, so good.  We meet one of the new owners of the convenient store at #PompanoBeach beach.  She was very nice.   We talked for a few minutes.  We talked about some improvements, one thing is pricing labels. I am very excited about the changes they are trying to do before the season starts.  The New Owners are hoping to have most of the changes done by November.   Welcome Snowbirds.

#KISSChallenge
#EncouragePeople
#RejoiceInTheirSuccess



Friday, August 2, 2019

The Travel Challenge August 1st

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The Travel Challenge August 1st

Thursday, August 1

Today was about getting ready.

I make the schedule flexible.
     I also make a list of dates I can't miss.
     I make a list of places I want to go and people to see.

I also check the weather.  #WeatherChannel shows 5 days.   I am always checking for storms.  Weather can change your trip fast.  Any storm can change a day trip into a 2-day trip.

I am using #AAA to rent a car with #Avis #Budget.  I get unlimited miles and great service.  I usually get a small vehicle.  But on this trip, I am getting a bigger vehicle than normal, someone will be riding back with me with suitcases.

I have to pack for everything I need for a month being on the road.
I have to determine what clothes I will need to take with me.
    Driving, Casual, & Sleeping (shorts & t-shirt), Dress & shoes.

Since this trip is at least a month-long, driving and staying in different places.
     I am planning for all new toiletries:
     Toothpaste/toothbrush,
     Shampoo, Conditioner, Dove Body,
     Liquid Hand Soap, and the wipes.
         Wipes are the best thing to carry on a short or long trip.
         Wipes are a quick and easy way to freshen up.

My computer and work files will be packed last.  My computer uses a VPN.  On the road, I use my phone as my Hotspot.  The driving part of the trip will be taking longer than originally planned because of work due.  When work calls, I will find a place to stop like #Starbucks to answer the questions, revise work & turn in work.  When I need to find a room, I stay at a #ChoiceHotel.

#AlwaysPlanAhead
















Thursday, August 1, 2019

Love Yourself Challenge

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#TrentShelton, #LoveYourselfChallenge

#StopBreakingYourHeart
#RehabNow  #RehabTime

Tyler Perry: 
All People are like trees
     1. like leaves - here today, gone tomorrow
     2. like branches - when a storm comes they are gone
     3. like roots - keep forever.
    
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Live The Positive Life

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How to Live Positive?

1. Live Positive is an Attitude for God's Glory... NOT YOURS

2. Look for You Can Do.

3. Tell God ... Yourself ... Love Ones ......I Love You Daily.

4. Choose to Like Yourself

5.  Be Thankful for You Blessings.  Count Your Many Blessings Daily.

6. Forgive Yourself and Others.

7. Live Today and Plan for Tomorrow.

8.  Keep It Simple Sweetie

9. Be Honest with Yourself.

10. Stop thinking about all the "Thou Shall Not" & Think about "Thou Shall"



The Travel Challenge August 2019

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#TheTravelChallengeAugust
#TravelingPositive

Last year in May trip was Flordia, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennesse, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and back to Flordia.

This month I am traveling from Flordia to Illinois.  Hopefully this month I can give Positive Examples of Traveling.  Traveling is always harder and more challenging to find people to help.  A lot of travelers avoid other people especially travelers.

#TravelingPositiveChallenge
#PeoplePlacesThings

The July Kiss Challenge Wednesday 31st

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July
WEDNESDAY 31 ... Be Open and Listen and Do Something

At lunch it was 90+ feels like 102.  In other words, it was HOT.  I walked to the Post Office to mail a letter.  There were some construction workers taking a break. One of the guys said they were old of water.  I walked over to Citgo.  I pick up a Cuban Sandwich, Citus RockStar, and 4 Gatorade.  As I walk back by I gave the construction guys the Gatorades.  They were so happy and that made.  $6 helped 4 men in the heat.

#Listen 
#AlwaysBeOpen





The July Kiss Challenge Tuesday 30th

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July
TUESDAY 30 ... DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT BETWEEN WORK AND EATING

Rushing around will stress you out.  Take a few minutes between work and the next big activity to breath.

I work with a girl that always took a bath after work.  I have a friend that always work out between work and dinner.  Personally, I enjoy walking.
In the area I live in Fl, there are big trees and colorful flowers.  At night we can see the stars.  When you walk, you see structures, businesses, & houses that you don't see when you ride.  You understand your community from a different perspective. 
Where I live in Fl, there are a gym, fast food, restaurants,  coffee shops, grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores and much more.  When you walk, there always some to observe. And if that is not enough you always have people.  On that note, I will just keep on Smiling. 

#DestreessYourself
#EnjoyYourLife
#OnlyHaveOneLife



Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The JULY KISS Challenge Monday 29th

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July
MONDAY 29 ... WE ARE ALL HUMANS

Let's talk about BEING HUMAN and DECISIONS.
We are all human, rich to poor.
Everyone makes mistakes.
Everyone needs forgiveness.
Everyone needs love.
Everyone needs to forgive themselves.

We are all human, from the wealthiest person to the most unfortunate person.
We all deserve someone in our corner, helping us make the best decisions possible.
The hardest lesson I learned was Not Making a Decision was Making a Decision.

I am considering becoming a CPLC (Certified Professional Life Coach).
This Certification will help me help everyone better.
I am looking into taking one Christian Life Class.
I have heard a lot about this in the last several years.
I want to know for myself if this what I really want to do.

#WeAreAllHumans
#ForgiveOthers
#ForgiveYourself


Monday, July 29, 2019

The July Kiss Challenge Sunday 28

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July
Sunday 28 ... Be A Good Friend & Neighbor

This weekend (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday) I help Mr. M work in his front yard.
It's Florida.  Everyone likes to live outdoors.  He had talked out about creating an outdoor space for years.  I thought we can get this project done in 2 weekends.  The first weekend, get everything ready and second-weekend, place the walking stones.

My Plan:
Step 1: Acquire everything needed for the yard project: rack, screen, stepping stones, etc.
Step 2: Get the stones from the neighbor's house Mr. I to Mr. M's house, approximately 100 ft.
Step 3: Prepare the yard for the stepping stones.
Step 4: Place stepping stones.

  Mr. I, His neighbor across the street had given him some older walking stones.
  We went to Lowes and bought a few things: a good rack & weed screen.
  We went to the store and bought water, Gatorade, and Bang drinks.
  I went to the neighbor and asked if he had a hand truck I could use to get the stones across the street.  Mr. I said if you load and unload I will take them over in my tractor.  What a blessing.   The neighbor & the tractor saved us at least a day of very hard work.

With all good plan, things changed.  The time table went from 2 weekends to 1 weekend.  So this project has to be done Sunday.

After the stepping stones were unloaded.  Saturday another neighbor Mr. A can over to see what we were doing.  He gave some ideas and helped.  We worked until the sun went down.  Mr. A's suggestions of technique helped with the speed.

By Sunday we were running out of steam and a lot of work to be done.  It was around 1pm & HOT.  Mr. A came over.  He said go rest in the shade and I will finish this.  We rested while he finished the ground.  The screen was laid then we made a human chain of passing the stones.  Wow, that saved hours. All the stones were laid.  Later in the evening and the sun setting, we all enjoyed sitting outside laughing and talking.

One person made a big difference.   Two people changed a project from 2 weekends to 1 weekend.    The job got done because people decided to be a good friend and a good neighbor.  Thank you to everyone.

#BeAGoodFriend
#BeAGoodNeightbor

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The July KISS Challenge Saturday 27

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July
Saturday 27 ... BE NICE.

I made an extra point of saying: Hi and how are you today to everyone, Have s wonderful day, Please, Thank You, Yes, No. 

I spoke clearly and sincerely.  I wanted the person I was talking to understand I was genuinely thankful for them and their service.

#BeNice
#BeGenuine

The July KISS Challenge Friday 26th

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July
Friday 26 ...  OVERCOMER

I had the privilege of encouraging a young lady.

We were talking to some people.  The subject of drug and alcohol epidemic & homeless problem come up.   A young lady made a comment to us that she had been homeless and lived on the streets.  We asked her why and how?  She started opening up to us and she told us about how drugs controlled her life to the point of being homeless.  With help, she has turned her life around.  She has been clean for more than 2 years now.  She is trying to get her life in order so she can go to school for a drug rehab counselor.  She said she has a steady job and helpfully starting school in the fall.

We only heard the short version of her life tonight, but I am planning on finding her again.  I would love to take her out to eat and listening to her long story. I am intrigued by her strength but kind spirit.  She will make a difference in peoples lives because she has been there and done that.

With the theme of this month of Keeping It Simple Sweetie ... People can overcome with positive encouragement.  Are you being a positive or negative influence on the people around you?

#Overcomer
#KeepItSimpleSweetie
#Encouraging

Friday, July 26, 2019

The July Kiss Challenge Thursday 25th

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July
Thursday 25 ...  Live Like A Child

As we out and about tonight.  I saw a lady with some children.  I am assuming she was their mother.

The youngest child was a baby.  He was learning to sit up.
The second child was learning to walk.  He was doing good as long as he was holding on his mother's hand.  The child does not give up.  He kept on trying.
The third child was a runner.  Nothing could stop him until he saw his sister.  So he had to sit in the corner seat and no place to go.  After he ate, the child helped his dad clean up so he could get out of the corner seat.
The fourth child was the older sister.  She was old enough to help Mom with the runner.
I watched the father give out the food to his family and I could hear them saying Thank you.

I was remembering what my grandfather told me.
Sometimes in life, you go thru things that knock you down and you will be like an infant, you can't do anything for yourself.  No matter how strong you think you are, you will have to depend on others.  You will gain your strength.  You will get stronger.  In a few weeks maybe even years, you will back on your feet again.  Then you can help someone else because you will understand their pain, their difficulty.

When my ankle was broken and I had to have surgery.  After surgery, I was like an infant.  I struggled to do anything for myself.  As my ankle healded, I had to do physical therapy.  Just like a child, I tried to stand but I sat down more than stood.  Months later, I stood and took a step.  Even thou I still have my day in which I have a hard time walking usually because of the weather, I thank God every day that I can take care of myself and others.  When I see someone having trouble, automatically my heart wants to help them.

#LiveLikeAChild
#GetUpMore
#BeAHandUp



Thursday, July 25, 2019

The July Kiss Challenge Wednesday 24th

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July
WEDNESDAY 24 ... SAY THANK YOU

Tonight after work, we drove to Miami Gill.  They have a $5 chicken pita & fries special.  It was very good.  We told the manager, thank you for good service and good food.

After we ate we went to Old Town Pompano to walk. I like walking in this area.  It is a Haitian Community.   This area is known for the arts.  Also, the First Baptist Church of Pompano is there.  We thanked the Police for there presents.  During church hours they have Police to help with the traffic and people.  As we were walking we were looking at the new stores and apartments being built.  Another thing I like is the security in the area.  I feel safe.  When we see them, we try to speak and tell them we appreciate their presence.  Most speak Creole and French and little English, but they all understand Thank you.

#RespectPeopleInAuthority
#SayThankYou.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The July Kiss Challenge Tuesday 23rd

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July
TUESDAY 23 ... HELP SOMEONE

Give someone a helping hand. 
There was a lady in the store.  I noticed she was having a hard time walking.  She said she did not need help, but when she was at the register I unloaded her buggy and loaded it when she paid for her things.
She asked why did you help me.  I notice you needed help.   I asked, why shouldn't I help you?

#HelpingHand

The July Kiss Challenge Monday 22nd

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July
MONDAY 22 ... GRANDFATHER'S WORDS OF WISDOM

The Bible says AsYou Go ... which means As you live your life, show Him to others.

My grandfather would say ...
A man will not listen if he is hungry.  So feed him, then tell him about Christ.
A woman will not listen if she and her family are cold.  So give them heat, then tell them about Christ.
Don't ever look down at someone who you think is less than you. 
In a heartbeat, you can be in their shoes.
Always give a person a hand up, not a handout.
Love everyone, because Jesus loved you when you were unlovable.

#WordsOfWisdom

The July Kiss Challenge Sunday Morning 21st

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July
Sunday 21 ... Be A Good Example

Today, this about something I saw.

At McDonald's a family was sitting together; Dad, Mom, brother, sister, & friend. 
The man was explaining about the Church, God, and The Holy Bible.
As I watched the family, read God's word, praying, talking and eat together.  There were so many scriptures that went thru my mind.
The father said you have to the same person ... at home, at school, at church, at McDonald's.
It does not matter where.  You don't want to live a lie, because the lie becomes the truth.
Well done Dad. 

Live the Positive Life is all about Living the Truth.

#LiveTheTruth
#BeAGoodExample

Saturday, July 20, 2019

The July Kiss Challenge Saturday 20th

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July
Saturday 20 ... FAMILY & FRIENDS

I Called, Texted, Messaged, & Visited my family & friends today.
I told them all "I Love You."

Yes, they are family.
Yes, they are friends.
Yes, they hear I care about you and I love them.

It is very positive to tell them ... I Love You.

When was the last time you told the most important people in your life ... I Love You.
Remember ... Keep It Simple Sweetie

#KeepItSimpleSweetie
#ILoveYou

Friday, July 19, 2019

The July KISS Challenge Friday 19th

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July
Friday 19 ... DATE NIGHT

Date Night is a Night set aside for me and him.

This time is set aside for us.
Workday is over.

We talk about our future:
     things we want to do,
     places we want to see, &
     people we want to visit.

After eating at Lester's Diner, we just walked, talked, & held hands.

We had no planned route, just a small adventure walk
Our conversation when something like:
  Let's walk to Citgo ... and let's get some energy drinks.
  Let's see how much is built on the new building ... look at Crain.
  Let's walk in the park ... the park is quiet ... the new trail is done.

By the time we got home, we had walked about 5 miles.

The point is we gave each other a very important gift ... the Gift of TIME.

#GiveTheGiftOfTime




Thursday, July 18, 2019

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE THURSDAY 18th

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July
Thursday 18 ... POSITIVE WALK

My goal is to walk between 5,000 - 10,000 steps.
Today's total of 7,941 steps ... 3.85 miles

Lunchtime:
Walked the dogs ... usually half a mile

After work:
Started at Home
Walked to
Burger King - ate a Whopper Meal & told the manager about a maintenance issue outside (a water leak),  introduced myself and Mark to the new cashier and gave her encouraging words.

Seven11 - bought a banana & Mark got a Reign for walking.,

Pet Supermarket - I had to stop & love on the kittens & get some food for our cats.,

Citgo - bought a Rockstar Revolt Killer Citrus ... it is a higher Octane that Monster and taste like Mt   Due ... Very good.   I got the Rockstar for work tonight.
Also, I saw a homeless lady she works a few hours cleaning & stocking.  she said she was so thankful for her job.  I also spook to Poppe.  He always smiles when we walk in and asked how many miles.  He makes sure that my Rockstar is cold for me.  But Citgo is a story all by itself.

Then walked Home.

As usually we spoke to everyone we could and waved as people waved at us from the cars.  Except for the fall/sitdown on US 1, but that what happens when you have issues walking & the pavement and gutter is uneven... 

From home
Walked To CVS,  bought Epson salts (for my Sprained Ankle), Green Tea & Mark's chocolate.  They had a sale on Green Tea 4/$2
To Home again.

It Is A Good Day.
#FindTheGood
#Walk



THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE WEDNESDAY 17th

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July
WEDNESDAY 17 ... POSITIVE WORDS

Yesterday, I fill out a survey.  And I turned in the receipt to get my free sandwich, today.
I did not do the survey to get the sandwich but to encourage the new cashier.
When I turn in the receipt, she thanked me several times and the manager thanked me for the comments.  The manager said we always get comments on every little thing goes wrong.  Thank you for the good words.

Do the surveys on when service is good.  A lot of the people in the fast-food industry gets paid a minimum wage or close to it.  Their raise based on the surveys, some even lose their job because of a survey.
Tell them you like their service,  If you have a problem talk to them in person in a kind voice.

#EncouragePeople
#UseAPositiveVoice
#PositiveWords

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE TUESDAY 16th

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July
TUESDAY 16 ... POSITIVE PASSWORDS

Most people who work with computers have lots of passwords to remember.
When choosing a password, mark it positive.
I log in and out of programs all day ... hundreds of time.
Hundreds of times I am sending myself a message.
Why not remind ourselves to be positive.
Are the passwords encouraging me to be my best at work?
Where I work, we sometimes have to tell I.T. department our passwords.
Do you really want to say ...  Ihate2work!


Positive Passwords Example: 
Happy2work
     You are reminding yourself you are thankful for your job.

Happy4home.
     You are reminding yourself you are thankful for your home.

FindSolution4work
     Remind yourself to be the Solution, Not the Problem.


Negative Passwords Example: 
Hate2bhere
Betterthanmyboss2x
Sarah2stupid

#PositivePasswords





THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE MONDAY 15th

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July
MONDAY 15 ... BE THE BEST EMPLOYEE or LEAD OR BOSS

At work, we are transiting on projects.  Employees leave and new employees come.
I have volunteered to help finish and revise the work on the old project.  It is easier to drop everything and work on the new project.  But It is important for us to completely finish the old projects.  Just because you are not working with that customer right now does not mean you will not get another project from them.  You want to leave a project on a positive note.

Yes, make sure you get your assigned work done.

When a co-worker is having problems, help him.
When someone leaves or on vacation, help out to get their work done.
When someone is thinking about leaving, give them a reason to stay.

Be willing to go the extra mile.
Be a Positive Example and a Positive Leader in the Office and to the Business.

#ExtraMile






Monday, July 15, 2019

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE SATURDAY 6th

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July
Saturday 6 ... Care about Others.

We had stopped at Pollo Tropical to eat. It was raining, then there was a downpour.  We were running to get in.  At the same time, there was a young couple with a stroller trying to pick up the stroller up onto the sidewalk.  Instead of running on in, we helped them pick up the stroller to the sidewalk and held open the door.   As the young lady order their meal.  We help the father dry of the 4-month-old baby.  In broken English, he said Thank you and he was telling us about himself, his wife, and their baby.  We are to treat others as you want to be treated.


#BeAHelper

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE SUNDAY 14th

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July
Sunday 14 ... Be Apart of Something Bigger Than Yourself

My home church is gathering up new clothes for the Family Life and Pregnancy Center.
I like going to look for new clothes for babies.  The clothes are so small.
A young lady has made some friends in the Baby / Children Department at Walmart.
As the new product has new displays, the old is on clearance. 
Every penny saved, the more we can buy.  God as for us to be a good steward of our money.
I like helping and encouraging families to make positive decisions.

#BeABlessing


THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE SATURDAY 13th

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July
Saturday 13 ... A Peaceful Day

Plans for Saturday:
Breakfast at McDonald's
I got to have breakfast with some friends.  The youngest was 4.  It is so amazing how smart the little ones are.  We, especially Mark, entertained the little one so dad and grandma could have an adult breakfast time.
I am not getting to walk like I had planned.  My feet, arms, and basically body is hurting today.
So Mark is cutting the grass.  It is 88 but feels like 99 outside.  One of my acts of kindness is to put a G2 in the freezer, so he will have something cold to drink.  This is my way of saying thank you for cutting the grass.
Mark just got the grass done and I hear thunder.  Now I know why I am hurting so.  Hoping to walk later after the storm passes.

#LittleThingsCount



   

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE FRIDAY 12th

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July
Friday 12 ... Date Night

Every night is a date night with Mark.  We do something every night together.  Most of the time we walk to Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Mexican, Chinese, or somewhere close.  Then we walk and talk and dream.  BUT Every Friday is Date Night.  On Friday we do something special & different.  We walk to Lester's Diner and walk and talk, just enjoy our time together and the stress of work gone for a few minutes.  This is a time to be thankful we have the time to be together.  A few years ago it was harder to just have time for just us.  We seat aside Friday as our time, no friends, no family, just our time together.  Friday is not in stone and we have moved our date to a different time for the work, travel, etc, but we always have time for each other.  When we are miles apart on Friday evening, we both go to a McDonald's and eat and talk, so we can still have our date night just miles apart.  The heart does not feel the distance.  The point of Date Night is to have time for each other.
Remember: The Couple is never too old for date night.

#DateNight 
#TimeForEachOther

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE THURSDAY 11th

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July
Thursday 11 ...  Love the Furry Ones

When I am in Fl, we get to walk dogs.  The first time I meet Tucker, he loved me.  So he always picks me to walk him.  He knows he can walk where he wants at the pace he wants.  When it is just Mark walking both of the dogs, Tucker has to walk at Kota pace.  Kota is slower because she has hip issues.  Then when we take them home there are 2 cats waiting to be loved too.  When I make time for my friends' dogs and cats or my cats at home, I feel less stressed.  Walking the dogs helps me have a better afternoon.

#LoveTheFurryFriends

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE WEDNESDAY 10th

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July
Wednesday 10 ... Say Hi to Everyone.

I try to walk every day for 10,000 steps.  In getting in my miles, I see a lot of different kinds of people.  Today, I lost count after 100, but I tried to wave to everyone I could.
Across the way, I walk by a house being built, I waved to everyone and asked the owner about the progress.  The mail people, FedEx, UPS, trash, police, firefighter, and all the neighbors, etc, they all wave now.  There are several stories on our walk, we wave at them all.  I often stop at Citgo, the manager always has a smile and ask how far have we walked today.  We stop by and get a Water, Enger Drink, GreenTea, or something. Our route takes us up and down US 1 and Atlantic Blvd, several cars blowing their horns at us and hands are waving.

#WaveAndSmile

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE TUESDAY 9th

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July
Tuesday 9 ... Gave a Money Suprise in the Gift

On our walk tonight, we stopped by a dollar store.  While I was there, I remember the story of a lady and her children hiding money in the merchandise for people to find.  As I was checking out at the front of the store, there is a box for school supplies.  I did not add any school supplies, but I did add in money in the notebooks inside the box.  I hope the children receive and appreciate the gifts.

#GiveWithJoy
   

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE MONDAY 8th

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July
Monday 8 ... Clean Up after Someone.

We went to Wendy's for a hamburgers & frosty.   Some people had left their food/trash on their table.  Instead of complaining and getting mad, I removed their trash and wiped off their table.  It easier just fix the problem than to complain about the problem.  Jesus teaches to be the solution.

#BeAGoodExample

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE SUNDAY 7th

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July
Sunday 7 ... Give a Gift of Food.

After Church some ladies comes into my McDonald's happy, spreading joy and love of Christ.  Today was my day to bless them.  After all of them ordered, I paid.  When they figured out I paid, we gave hugs and Thanked God for His Blessings.  Afterward, a man asked Why?  I explained my God created humans, man, woman, and not a race.  We need to love all people. not just people we are comfortable around.  We are to be a joyous giver with laughter.

#BeABlessing


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

THE KISS Challenge JULY 2019

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A Summary of Keep It Simple Sweetie Challenge

Monday 1 ... Accepted the Challenge
#ChallengeAccepted

Saturday 6 ... Care about Others.
#BeAHelper

 Sunday 7 ... Give a Gift of Food.
#BeABlessing

 Monday 8 ... Clean Up after Someone.
#BeAGoodExample

Tuesday 9 ... Gave a Money Suprise in the Gift
#GiveWithJoy
   
Wednesday 10 ... Say Hi to Everyone.
#WaveAndSmile
   
Thursday 11 ...  Love the Furry Ones
#LoveTheFurryFriends
   
Friday 12 ... Date Night
#DateNight
#TimeForEachOther
   
Saturday 13 ... A Peaceful Day
#LittleThingsCount

Sunday 14 ... Be Apart of Something Bigger Than Yourself
#BeABlessing

MONDAY 15 ... BE THE BEST EMPLOYEE or LEAD OR BOSS
#ExtraMile

TUESDAY 16 ... POSITIVE PASSWORDS
#PositivePasswords

WEDNESDAY 17 ... POSITIVE WORDS
#EncouragePeople

Thursday 18 ... POSITIVE WALK
#FindGood

Friday 19 ... DATE NIGHT
#GiveTheGiftOfTime

Saturday 20 ... FAMILY & FRIENDS
#ILoveYou

Sunday 21 ... Be A Good Example
#BeTheExample

MONDAY 22 ... GRANDFATHER'S WORDS OF WISDOM
#WordsOfWisdom

TUESDAY 23 ... HELP SOMEONE
#HelpingHand

WEDNESDAY 24 ... SAY THANK YOU
#RespectPeopleInAuthority

Thursday 25 ...  Live Like A Child
#GetUpMore
#BeAHandUp

Friday 26 ...  OVERCOMER
#Encouraging

Saturday 27 ... BE NICE.
#BeGenuine

Sunday 28 ... Be A Good Friend & Neighbor
#DoGood 

MONDAY 29 ... WE ARE ALL HUMANS
#AllHuman

TUESDAY 30 ... DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT BETWEEN WORK AND EATING
#EnjoyYourLife

WEDNESDAY 31 ... Be Open and Listen and Do Something
#AlwaysBeOpen




Friday, July 5, 2019

The July KISS Challenge MONDAY 1ST

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July
Monday 1

I have been challenged to be an example.
Write about what I do to #LiveThePositiveLife.
Write about what I see to #LiveThePositiveLife.


#LiveThePositiveLife is all about as we live our lives, live life on purpose and with a purpose to help others and yourself in a positive matter.  

#TheKissChallenge Accepted.

All of these will be tagged with
#TheKISSChallenge

KISS ... KEEP IT SIMPLE SWEETIE.
    

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#LiveThePositiveLife

I do not just give people money to solve people problems.
Especially with a lot of people that just causes more problems.
Money in a homeless person's hand means money for beer and drugs.
A homeless person asks for money for food, I buy them food.
When I give them food, we also talk. I ask questions and they answer.
Everyone has a story, I listen to their story.
When they ask me questions like Why, I tell them because Jesus loves them.
Live The Positive Life.  Keep Things Simple Sweetie on Purpose.

THE JULY KISS CHALLENGE FRIDAY JULY 5th

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July
Friday 5 ... Do The Right Thing

When you see something that needs to be done, Do the Right Thing.
Yes, it will take your effort.
Yes, it will take your time.
Doing the Right Thing is Always the Best Thing to Do.
Example:  When I saw someone ID ...
Do I walk away?
Do I try to find them?
Do I turn them into the police?
When this happened to me, I called the police and turned them into them, because that was the best decision to do.
I could not just leave the cards on the street.
I did not know the person, I did not know how to find them.
The police were the only thing I could think of at the time.
Years ago, when my wallet was stolen, I wished someone had returned them to me.


#LiveThePositiveLife
#DoTheRightThing
#TheKissChallenge

Appreciate What You Have

Like what you have where you are.

When I am in Maggy Valley or Asheville - the Mountains of Western NC, I like the Mountains.

When I am in Charlotte, NC, I like the area around Charlotte.

When I am in Greenville, SC, I like Greenville and the area around Greenville.

When I am in South Florida,  I like the S Florida.

In other words learn to appreciate what you have when you have it.    Nothing is guaranteed for tomorrow.

#LiveThePositiveLife

Friday, June 28, 2019

Family & Friends

Family is Family & Friends are Friends, Choose Wisely.

You can't choose your family.
More importantly, you can choose who you are around.

Evaluate who your family & friends are.  Are they a negative influence?

Evaluate where you meet them.  Do they expect to hang out at bars?

Evaluate when (time of day) you meet.  Do your friends ask to hang out until 2am on a work night?

Make some simple rules to live by.

EXAMPLE:
Go to bed by 11pm from work the next day.
Workout 3-4 times a week.
Walk every day.
Eat healthy food.
Drink water.


#LiveThePositiveLife

Saturday, June 22, 2019

I Am Who I Am

I am who I am.  You are who you are.  
Yes, you can be more than one thing. 
Take a look at what makes you happy.
Then look at a positive way to do what you love.
Use the internet for ideas.
I know a guy from my math class, he was always doodling.  We asked him what kind of job he was trying to get.  He said he was going to a school teacher.   We asked Art Teacher.  He said NO, Math. He did not know he could use his skill of drawing as an illustrator. 

Be the Best version of you!

#LiveThePositiveLife
#DoNotJustSettle
#BeWhoYouAre
#BeHappy

Friday, June 21, 2019

ONWARD, FORWARD, UPWARD

In a very dark time in my life, I was very depressed.  It was a time in my life where I just could not get out of my way.  It seemed like my depression was causing a lot of problems in my life.  The more I was depressed, the more problems I had.  The more problems it had, the more depressed I was.  It was a never-ending cycle.

God gave me 3 words to help me get out of the bad thinking.

ONWARD
  Get up and move.  Stop waiting for something positive to happen.

FORWARD
  After you start moving, Stop going in circles.  Stop looking back and saying IF ONLY.  You can not change the past, but you can change the future.  Look forward.  Make decisions to make your life go forward.

UPWARD
  After you are moving and you are making forward progress one decision at a time.  Then you can see the small positive decisions of the morning can change the outcome of the day.  Not all decisions are positive vs negative but ok vs good vs better.  Make the conscious decision to make the most positive decision you can make.  Even when you do not feel like you deserve it.  Ask what is the best thing to do in God's eyes. 

Example:
A choice between a black outfit and a green outfit.  There are no right or wrong.  But there is a meeting after lunch, the black outfit is better for the meeting.

Do not over think the decisions.  Remember The KISS Rule:  Keep It Simple Sweetie.

#LiveThePositiveLife
#RememberKISS
#KeepItSimpleSweetie.



Thursday, June 20, 2019

YESTERDAY, TOMORROW, AND TODAY

Yesterday:
Yesterday has happened.
It cannot be changed.
It is what it is.

Tomorrow:
Tomorrow has not happened.
It can be changed.
It will be what it will be.

Today:
Today is not Yesterday.
Today is not Tomorrow.
Today is NOW.
Use your Todays to Prepare for Your Tomorrows.

Stop looking at Yesterday and Forgive Yourself.
Stop looking to Tomorrow and Only If I could.

Today is An Opportunity and Smile, Take It and Run.
An Opportunity to Change Your Now.

#LiveThePositiveLife
#ForgiveYourself
#ICan
#ChangeYourNow

Forgive Yesterday, Live Today, Prepare for Tomorrow, 


Monday, June 17, 2019

READING DAILY

I was working and YOUTUBE was playing jazz music in the background.
An advertisement comes on and the only part I heard was read every day and become an expert.

In the '80s and '90s, a lot of businesses were asking their employees to read.  Westinghouse would give a book a month to the employees.  This is some information I remember.  

Read every book you can.  Pick books of value.  Read your way into a promotion.

The top 1% of wealthy people, read every day.

If you read every day for 1 hour for one year in the field of study/work, you will be in the top 10%.

If you read every day for 1 hour for three years in the field of study, you will be an expert.

If you read every day for 1 hour for five years in the field of study, you will be a national expert.

If you read every day for 1 hour for seven years in the field of study, you will be a world expert.

Every office has those procedural manuals.
Check them out, read them page by page 10 minutes at a time.
Take notes and reread the notes.
Within a year you will be valuable to the company.

If you want to change careers, start reading now.
Reading becomes knowledge, knowledge opens doors of opportunities.

Change your life one book at a time.
Improve your life one book at a time.


#LiveThePositiveLife
#ReadEveryDay
#SelfEducate


















Wednesday, June 12, 2019

MRS A ... POSITIVE OUTCOME

As I was out walking, Mrs.A said she read my Blog on Positive Assignment.

She said she decided she would try to "Just Be Nicer to People."

This was her day:
1.  At work, she opened the door for someone.  As she looked back she noticed others were holding the door for others. She had never noticed that before.

2. At lunch, a girl was sitting by herself.  She asked if she could sit with her.  She said I made a new friend.

3. She had picked up her food to go.  She saw a teenager was counting out coins for his food.  She gave the cashier $5 and walked away before the kid saw who she was.  He was so happy.

She told me today was so much fun that she can't wait until tomorrow.  She said in blessing other, she received a blessing also.  Blessing multiply.

#LiveThePositiveLife
#MultiplyTheBlessings

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A POSITIVE ASSIGNMENT

I was asked a few weeks ago What can I Do to #LiveThePositiveLife?

This is my suggestion.  Stop thinking about yourself.

As you go about your life ...  Be aware of the people around you.
Look around and Do Something for Someone Else, whether you know them or not.

Place a can of Veggies in the food bank box at the grocery store.
Drop your change in a charity box at the cashier.

Be Wise about how you help people.
Good has a way of multiplying. 
Caring always wins.

#LiveThePositiveLife
#BeKindToSomeone
#GoodMultiplies
#CaringWins

Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Personal Story: Mr. J

Mr. J was born and raised in Chicago almost a hundred years ago.
Then can the day when he served his country.  He served as a privilege.
He said World War II and Germany was HELL for both sides.
He does not talk much about those days.

He does not have a house, but he has a van for a home.
He doesn't smoke, doesn't drink, and doesn't do drugs.
He makes time to read and study His Bible.
So every time I see him, we talk about the Bible.
He has said several times, We are in the last days for America and for this world.

Sometimes I wish I was more like him with his love for Christ and his boldness.
Many years ago, when he became a Christian, he was afraid to tell people about Christ.
He told me with age come perspective.  What can they do to me, I am almost 100.
After the war and after what I have seen,  the world needs God.   


#BeStrong
#StandForYourBeleives

PLANNING


#Advise from a gentleman 90+ years young.


#PLANNING:

First: Make sure you DOT all your I and CROSS all your T. 
Second: Spelling does not count.  
Third: Remove as many I and T as you can so YOU can LIVE.
Fourth: Don't spend so much time planning that YOU forget to LIVE. 


#LiveThePositiveLife
#RememberToLive

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Personal Story: Mrs. C

As a young girl, she lived in Czechoslovakia.  Her mother was from Czechoslovakia and her dad was from Germany.  Then there was a War, her dad had to go and fight.  He was killed in the war.  When the war was over and Germany lost,  her family had to move, move to Germany.  Czechoslovakia did not want her family in their country anymore because they were part German. She said their life was very hard.

When she was around 18, she meets an American Soldier. They fell in love.  He did get her to the US and they soon married. For many years they were happy.  Then he passed.

Her Social Security is minimal.  The Rent and Utilities are so much, she can't pay so she lives in her car.  She works at a Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry for extra food.  She buys books to read and does the daily crossword puzzles.  Even thou she is on the streets living in her car, she is a very nice, clean, and neat person.
I saw her Sunday morning and offered to get her some food, she said I have food thank you.  

Mrs. C ... I did not plan to be by myself, but here I am.  I did not plan to live in my car, but here I am.  I am doing the best I can with what I have.  What I went thru as a child has prepared for today as she smiles.  

#LiveThePositiveLife

#BePositiveAndSmile

Attitude is Everything

How many times you have watched a movie and said ... she does not need to be with him ... oh he is not right for her ... that is the woman for him ... now that is the perfect pair ..,  that couple has it all, why do they have to brag? 

We are talking about Attitude.

As we live our lives before people, think twice before we do or say something. Be what you want people to remember you with that attitude.  Give everyone a Positive Attitude to remember.

#LiveThePositiveLife

#PositiveAttitude

#GiveMoreThanYouTake


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day.

May your day be special and positive.

I pray that your day will be special.

#LiveThePositiveLife

Friday, March 15, 2019

Extra Ordinary or Extraordinary

Extra Ordinary or Extraordinary

Let us define the difference.

Ordinary means: not special, normal, standard, common

Extra Ordinary means: the polar opposite of Extraordinary, blends into the landscape, not seen

Extraordinary means: very unusual, remarkable, exceptional

Live your Positive Life means being Extraordinary.

Smile at a stranger, open a door, lend a helpful hand, being the best you can be to everyone all the time ... especially to the people that know you best. 

Being positive takes practice and for me a lot of practice. When we fall short, try, try again.

The best part about being positive, apologize.  Help fill in the holes of the division.

Live the Positive Life

Be Extraordinary.

#LiveThePositiveLife

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A BAD DAY

When you are having a BAD day, week, month, year .....

It does not matter whether it's your fault or not, all that matters is JESUS.

Stay Positive
  Think Positive
    Talk Positive
      Walk Positive

and PRAY POSITIVE.

"Thank you, Jesus, for this opportunity to show you working in my life.  Revival to me and guide me in what I need to do.  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.   Jesus, you get the honor and glory."  In Jesus Name.  Amen

God does not promise you will not have problems, but He does promise that He is always with you.

JESUS LOVES YOU!!!

#LiveThePositiveLife


WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

I was asked, "Why do BAD things happen to GOOD people?"  This is my response.

Are you a believer  ... a Christian?  They responded Yes.  What you really mean is "Why do bad things happen to people that try to do good things?"

First, we know we live in a fallen, sin-sick world.  That is why BAD things happen.

Second, People are not good, we try to do good things.  Humans sin in our attitude of trying to do good things.  Sometimes we think, say and even do not so good things (sinful things).  Noone & Nothing are perfect except Jesus Christ.

Third, God does not give us anything that God can't control.  He uses hardship for us to be a light and witness to the people around us.  God comforts us to show us how to comfort others.  How we act effect ourselves and others around us.  We need to remember we are not alone in the pain.

Then she said I mean innocent people like the children and the elderly.

I asked WHY NOT YOU?"  "WHY DO YOU THINK YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TROUBLES?  God does not promise you will never have problems and pain."

Reminder: God's Perfect Will is best for everyone, not just one person or children or elderly.  God's perfect will considers everyone:  other the people in the hospital, the other people in the nursing home, the other people in your church.

I read an article about a girl killed because she would not deny Christ.  Thousands came to her funeral.  Hundreds of locals accepted Christ and around the world.  One of her classmates said he accepted Christ because she showed Christ every day even in death.

In the Movie "New Life", the story is told from the perspective of a man.  A woman miscarries, has cancer, etc...  He learns how to live because of neighbors, friends, family.  At the end of the movie, you can see how God provided for everyone.

LIVE THE POSITIVE LIFE, EVEN IN PAIN.

A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.

GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU.

GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. 

JESUS LOVES YOU ... JOHN 3:16

#LiveThePositiveLife







Wednesday, March 13, 2019

LIVE THE POSITIVE LIFE

LIVING A POSITIVE LIFE

When you have a life to LIVE ...
    GOOD OR BAD ...

LIVE YOUR LIFE THE MOST POSITIVE LIFE YOU CAN.

#LiveThePositiveLife

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