I'm so glad you are here for my first blog post on this first Saturday of the month. I plan to have every "The Art of Positive Living" post on the first Saturday of every month from now on. I will post my blog, "Spirit Photographs," on the third Saturday of each month.
I've been thinking a lot about the subject of my post for today, something that is close to my heart, the good old days, since my newly revised book, "Down Memory Lane,"* is about the good old days!
Although we perhaps romanticize days in the past, there is much we can learn from the positive aspects of those days.
And, here are many of them-
~People were very patriotic.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag...."
~People read books, had hobbies, and played board games.
~School students were generally well-behaved. Those few who weren't, were disciplined. The worst thing that I can remember when I went to school was that one boy had to be sent home because his hair was too long in the back.
~Most people graduated from high school, and many went on to higher education.
~People dressed nicely. Here's an excerpt from a chapter in my book that Greg wrote - "Personal appearance was important. Most people looked neat and well-groomed. Shirt tails were tucked in and shoes were shined....Most people looked fit and trim."
~People were honest. If they found a missing wallet, they'd return it. Also, they kept their word. If they said they were going to do something, they would do it. If they found out they couldn't do it, they'd let it be known.
"Do what you know to be right." -David Icke
~Religion was important to most people.
~In fact, two of my high school graduation gifts were two small gold crosses that two different people gave me.
~People were generally complimentary to each other. They tried to make people feel good about themselves. Things like this mean a lot to others.
~People helped their friends, relatives, and neighbors when needed.
~One day, Greg and I were at a garage, and a woman who was a receptionist there was so nice. She was pleasant and very efficient. She seemed happy, and she made you feel better by just being around her.
~Most television shows and movies were G-rated. They were good, decent. quality shows. The characters set a good example. The good guys won. There was a moral to every story.
~People were industrious, hard-working, and ambitious. Most kept the same job or profession their whole lives. My grandfather was a doctor who truly cared about other people, and he charged his patients very little.
~The man was the breadwinner, and his wife stayed home and kept house and cared for their children.
~Families had fun times together, like going on picnics with made-from-scratch dishes like homemade potato salad or fresh green beans.
~Most leaders were honest and respected.
~Music was harmonious.
~In the early days, all food was organic.
How does life today compare to the good old days?
Thankfully, we generally stack up pretty well overall, but, of course, there is plenty of room for improvement. Any areas in which we are lacking can be turned around. Anywhere that we're falling short can be remedied with some positive planning and some work, but it can be done, individually and/or by people working together.
If we do that, then we can then truly say, "The good ol' days are being made right now." -From Blue Bell Ice Cream commercial
Coincidentally, I just recently found out about a really neat festival, the "Good Old Days" street festival in Pacific Grove, California this weekend. There will be a parade, a pie-eating contest, and much more! It sounds like fun!
Appalachian Author Feature: Linda Hudson Hoagland
Linda Hoagland lives in Southwest Virginia. She is a talented author who has won several writing awards for her poetry, short stories, and books. Some of her book titles are "Snooping Can Be Dangerous," "The Backwards House." and "The Best Darn Secret." Do these sound intriguing! If so, be sure and check out her work.
Also, Linda makes beautiful angel afghans that are for sale. If you are interested in these, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
*For more information about my book, "Down Memory Lane," please see the widget above. It's available on Amazon in both the paperback and Kindle versions.
Positive thought: "We are all here to 'practice being godlike'-to treat others how we'd like to be treated." -From "Tools for Freedom"
Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, June 3, 2023, Becky