Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Life Is Meant to Be Enjoyed!

Start your day with a smile and a positive thought.

Hope you had an enjoyable, fun Labor Day weekend!

However, the fun doesn't have to stop now just because the holiday weekend is over.

Drop your cares,

and follow along for some fun ideas, for life is meant to be enjoyed every day!

Photo by Nick

Of course, there will still be special occasions like birthdays (above)...

and anniversary celebrations which might include high tea at The Martha in Abingdon, Virginia,...

or simply an ice cream treat at Southern Scoops & Sandwiches in North Carolina-

"Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts."

Get-togethers with family or friends-

Or, just have fun with the special person in your life-

Be a kid again!

Look through photo albums and reminisce about the good ol' days-

like when festivals were allowed.

Enjoy a walk in the park.

Pursue a hobby.

Watch a funny DVD.

Make someone's day-send them a funny email.

This is a great idea! Why didn't I think of that!

Listen to music.

"Music is food for the soul. Our moods...can be elevated with...suitable music...."
-"Enki Quotes"

"Singing in the shower is all fun and games until you get shampoo in your mouth; then it just becomes a soap opera."

"Dance like nobody's watching, because they are not; they are all checking their phones."
-"Good Housekeeping"

Hug your pet-

Happiness is a warm kitty.

Cats just wanna have fun!

Count your blessings.

"Be the reason someone smiles today."

Have an enjoyable, fun fall, y'all!

Positive thought: "When fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world."-the Oaqui
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, October 4, 2020, Becky

Sunday, August 2, 2020

How to Be Happy in Today's World


During this challenging time in today's world, we can still be happy where we are, right now.

"Don't wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy life."
-Joyce Meyer

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts."
-Marcus Aurelius

I have to be vigilant with my thoughts. I can't let little things be turned into big things, and let them ruin my day.

I have around me little notes to remind me to stay on track, like-
"Happy, Happy, Happy!"
-Phil Robertson, "Duck Dynasty"
(Just seeing this quote makes me smile.)

Don't depend on anyone else for your happiness.

"When we approve of ourselves rather than seeking approval from others, we find happiness."

It is also important to spend our time with people who make us feel accepted and comfortable. If  anyone is physically or emotionally abusive, run, don't walk away!

Don't ever apologize to anyone for who you are! You are unique, one of a kind. (Remember-"God doesn't make junk!"-Shashank Rai)

"You are beautiful for you are fearfully and wonderfully made."
-Psalms 139:14

-We need to believe in a power higher than ourselves, and believe that God will get rid of the evil forces in our lives, and that the good will be victorious.

Don't believe everything you are told on the mainstream news. Be well informed and have different sources for your news so you can come up with your own conclusions. For example, balance television news with talk radio news. Share your newfound knowledge with others.

If you don't like what's going on around you, make a positive difference by signing petitions, having truly peaceful demonstrations, calling your congressmen, or signing up to help with elections, etc. Vote in person!

Don't ever let anyone take away your rights or force you to do anything against your will!

Whatever you enjoy doing, try to do more of that. For example, I really enjoy photography, so I take lots of pictures, not only at home, but whenever I go out. I always have a camera nearby.

Helping other people and animals will not only make them happy, but it will make us feel good about ourselves, and thus we become happier. Our kindness can range from holding a door open for someone to giving someone a special gift that we made ourselves to volunteering at an animal shelter.

Sincerely complementing people when you're out is something you might like to do, and it's so easy. Telling someone that their ring is really pretty or that they are doing a good job or that you appreciate them just might make their day go a lot better.

Just yesterday, Greg and I were in a store, and I told a woman that her dog was cute, and it seemed to please her. She looked really happy, and she wanted to know if I wanted to hold it. I said that I liked taking pictures of animals, and that instead of holding it, that I'd like to take its picture. She loved the idea.

Buster with His Adoptive Mom

The woman waved and told us to have a good day as she was leaving. We'd made a new instant friend.

We must remember that we're here on earth to try to make life happy for ourselves and others, not to tear it down and destroy the people in it!

Everyday, I try to visualize harmony and peace for everyone, and that the old normal makes a swift comeback! In the meantime, let's be happy, happy, happy!

"To whomever is reading this, I hope something wonderful happens to you today."
-Karen Salmansohn

Positive thought: "Happiness is an adventure. Set out on it."-zenhealth.net
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, September 6, 2020, Becky

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

How Can We Make a Difference?

Many people are wondering what we might do to help with the situation that we all find ourselves in right now in this country. How can we make a difference?

Something that Greg and I are trying to do is to support small business all that we can, especially locally since many are struggling right now.

(Food for thought: Why were the big chain stores considered essential, and allowed to open when most of the small businesses were not?)

Small businesses might include restaurants. The following four restaurants are in Abingdon, Virginia:

Greeko's Grill & Cafe, Serves Authentic Greek Food, Inside or Out

Bella's Has Delicious Italian-Style Food

Pal's is a real success story. The first Pal's opened in Kingsport, Tennessee in the 1950's, and now there are 29 Pal's in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Their architecture is unique, and they always have a daily message on their signs. A large American flag flies over each Pal's. One of their menu items is Frenchie fries.

North Carolina is not that far from where we live, so we go there occasionally. This restaurant had just reopened the day we were there. They remodeled while they were shut down.

Besides restaurants, there are other types of small businesses:

This garden shop also has food items for sale. It would be a great place to buy Christmas gifts.

We found a pretty old Victorian-style floor lamp here in Abingdon for a bargain price.

I got three items here in Hansonville, Virginia for only $11.00, totally! Many small businesses operate in this antique mall.

This is one of the three items I bought, and it was handmade!

If it's vitamins and herbs you need, this is the place!

The woman who owns this sewing shop did a nice job making us a couple of valances out of some old fabric that we already had.

Statuary, anyone? Here's a nice piece at "11-W Concrete &Statuary" in Blountville, Tennessee.

Besides shopping at small businesses, we listen to talk radio to find out what's really going on, and then we share our newfound knowledge with others. Another good resource is www.philvalentine.com .

We also work to get rid of ineffective political leaders via recall elections, and we actively work to help the good guys win political office.

Positive Thought: "When it rains, look for rainbows. When it's dark, look for stars."-Author Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, August 2, 2020, Becky

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Back to Nature

"Evergreen Home and Garden Showplace," Kingsport, Tennessee

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days."
-James Russell Lowell

What a wonderful time of year! June is my favorite month, and I try to embrace its beauty for as long as it lasts.

Being in nature is good for us, and we need its influence throughout the year. Being indoors too much can be detrimental to our mental and physical well-being.

You don't have to go far to enjoy nature. You could just open the door and walk outside.

Notice how this tree is not perfectly symmetrical, and yet it has a graceful beauty. In fact, nothing in nature is perfect, including people, yet in our own unique way, we are beautiful, too, part of God's world.

One could go to a park and sit on a bench and contemplate nature, walk, jog, or ride a bike.

The "Greenbelt" in Kingsport, Tennessee

Some parks have neat playground equipment.

Some parks are educational, like this "Veteran's Memorial Park" in Abingdon, Virginia.

Dining outside might make your food even tastier!

Visiting "Evergreen" in Kingsport

Planting Flowers

Growing Vegetables

Working on indoor projects outside can make the project more fun.

Even having a calendar with pretty nature scenes like this "Wild & Wonderful Virginia" calendar can make life more enjoyable. Also, nature DVD's and videos on the Internet are good.

However, nothing is as good as being in the great outdoors because it helps our "chi" or life force.

"Today, just take time to smell the roses, enjoy those little things about your life, your family, spouse, friends, job. Forget about the thorns, the pains, and problems they cause you and enjoy life."
-Bernard Kelvin Clive

Positive thoughts:  

(At "Evergreen")

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 5, 2020, Becky

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Signs of the Times


Thanks so much for your kind words about this blog, "The Art of Positive Living," and about my other blog, "Spirit Photographs."

The virus (COVID-19) has taken over so much of our lives that it's hard to ignore. It's on television, the Internet, the radio, and on signs when you go out, etc.

I became intrigued with some of the signs that I had seen, and I photographed many of them.

Most are self-explanatory-

The above photograph reminds me of an episode of the classic television show, Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" in which people were to step on the dark squares only.

This man said he was wearing his social-distancing shirt.

Positive thought: "Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly."-John Lennon
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 7, 2020, Becky