Out and About – Week of June 25th

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale authored “The Power of Positive Thinking” quite some time ago. I’ve never read the book and I’m pretty sure that if I had read it, my life and attitude would have been much more positive. There are those individuals that live almost every day in a negative attitude. The glass is always half empty instead of half full. I’ve read that the best way to stay positive is to avoid negative people. This is easier said than done. If you have difficulty maintaining a sunnier viewpoint, here are a few ideas on how to hone your positive-thinking skills:

Choose positive phrasing. Instead of thinking you’ll try to do something, say to yourself that you will do it.
Smile more often. I’ve been told that I’m always frowning. I try to look cheerful, so I’m going to try harder to act happy, even though I might be upset or troubled.
Try not to think too much about the future. Live every day as if it were your last. Someday you’ll be right. We have no way of knowing what the future holds, and some of us dwell too much on the past. Doing this keeps us chained to events or people that may no longer affect us.
If you think you are burdened with more than your share of troubles, remember that there’s someone out there who is worse off than you.
A belated Happy Birthday to my mother. Last Friday she turned 115 years old. As soon as I find out her address in Heaven, I’ll send her a card.

If you haven’t noticed, the days are getting shorter. It all started last Thursday, June 21. Oh there are still 24 hours every day, but the sun disappears a few minutes earlier every day.

The Fourth of July is a week from tomorrow, which means that it falls on a Wednesday, right in the middle of the week. This will be a problem for many, because most of us enjoy having a holiday on either side of the weekend. We have a couple of years before we can enjoy this holiday in conjunction with a weekend. Some folks still working will probably take a couple days of vacation.

There are several things to remember about this year’s Fourth of July. Because it is a federal holiday, there will not be any mail delivery, banks will be closed, and of course there will not be any trash pickup that day. This means that everyone will have their toters emptied a day later than normal, except for those whose pick up day is Monday or Tuesday. Most importantly, remember this. He who comes forth with a fifth on the fourth, may not come forth on the fifth. Just saying.

People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.

“Be happy in your work.” This quote is from a favorite movie of mine, The Bridge on the River Kwai. There’s a lot of truth in this, because I’ve also heard “If you love your job, you’ll never work a day of your life.” This is true, because I’ve experienced it myself and I’ve dealt with people who really enjoy what they do for a living. A person’s attitude and work ethics are top-notch if they enjoy their job and working environment. You can tell that a waitress loves what she does by the type of service you receive. I’ve worked with people who make their living picking up garbage. They enjoy working outside and take pride in what they do. They aren’t working behind a desk or on a production line with a supervisor looking over their shoulder. It’s a known fact that if a person enjoys their job, their performance and attitude are better than normal. There have been times when I’ve wanted to tell someone that they should look for a new career, because they just don’t seem happy and the service they provide is sub-standard.

Why do men forget everything and women remember everything?

I love what I do. I’m living my dream, so I’ll see you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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