Monday, July 18, 2011

Are You A Wisher Or A Dreamer?

          I know that just recently I posted talking about the wisdom in a post on a blog called Positively Present. Most people would find it odd that I would send you to another blog. But I don't post to just to get traffic on my site. I post because I want to help people. Wisdom should be shared. So once again I am going to send you to check out a post by Positively Present. It is called Break the Spell of Someday.

"Was I, just like Snow White before she bit into the apple, sinking my teeth into the idea that all my dreams will come true... someday? Do I, like the raven-haired beauty, spend more of my timewishing than actually doing? After all of my years studying fairy tales, criticizing these silly little women who believed someone would rescue them, was I, in fact, just as bad, sitting around wishing and hoping and dreaming? How many of us are wishing for something without actually doing anything about it?"

"Someday. That should be four letter word in my life.."

          If I could, I would go back in time for each person, find them as a kid, and tell them over and over that they can do anything! I would tell them that all it takes to reach their dreams is a plan and the discipline to take consistent action! I would never let them push their dreams off with the word "someday." If you are not in the pursuit of a worthwhile dream or goal, you are not living. You are merely existing. (That totally sounds like something I read in A Purpose Driven Life. So if I am plagiarizing it, so sorry to the author. It is true though!) So ask yourself, are you a wisher or a dreamer...? 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jam Sessions

          Have you ever been doing some small organizational task at work or cleaning your house and suddenly your singing a song under your breath? Have you ever thought, "When did I hear that song last?"  Think very carefully about the music you listen to. The lyrics will stick in your head. Your thoughts effect your attitude and your attitude determines who you are at the core. So filter everything that goes into that head of yours!  Stay away from pityparty and vindictive songs. Make sure you listen to upbeat and positive songs.
          Have you ever been at your house and had a jam session? A jam session is where you run around in pajamas and  socked feet dancing and sliding on a wood floor to your favorite music...It can make you feel powerful and confident. You might even sing along and imagine yourself as some famous singer. The positive songs can lift a bad mood and give you courage. They can jazz you up enough to take action you wouldn't otherwise.
          Songs can take you back to memories long forgotten. They can bring emotions to the surface and express things you couldn't figure out how to put into words. Many times when I listen to a good song I am inspired to write. The song helps me feel the emotion and paint a picture of what I see in my mind. Sometimes songs make you fall in love. Sometimes they teach you what is important in life. Sometimes they just make you laugh...

Here is a list of some of my favorite songs for my jam sessions:

1.    This Is Me by MIndy McCready
2.    Note To God by Charice
3.    Ride Of Your Life by John Gregory
4.    Don't Happen Twice by Kenny Chesney
5.    How Forever Feels by Kenny Chesney
6.    Back Where I Come From by Kenny Chesney
7.    Mayberry by Rascal Flatts
8.    Stomp by God's Property
9.    A Moment Like This by Kelly Clarkson
10.  Happy Girl by Matina McBride
11.  Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Katharine McPhee
12.  Dance, Dance, Dance by Steve Miller Band
13.  The Heart Of Rock And Roll by Huey Lewis And The News
14.  I Won't Back Down by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
15.  Runnin' Down A Dream by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
16.  Free Fallin' by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
17.  Learning To Fly by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
18.  This Magic Moment by Jay And The Americans
19.  Little Bitty by Alan Jackson
20.  Joy To The World by Three Dog Night
21.  Drive by Alan by Alan Jackson
22.  If We Hold On Together by Diana Ross
23.  Meat and Potato Man by Alan Jackson
24.  No Fear by Terri Clark
25.  Footloose by Kenny Loggins
26.  Where I Come From by Alan Jackson
27.  Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning) by Alan Jackson
28.  Serve The The Lord by Carmen
29.  Be Blessed by Ivan Parker
30.  I Rose To Riches by Ivan Parker
31.  I Love Livin' For The Lord by Ivan Parker
32. The Good Stuff by Kenny Chesney
33.  I've Had My Moments by Emerson Drive
34.  19 Something by Mark Willis
35.  Green Grass Grows by Tim McGraw
36.  Young by Kenny Chesney
37.  Blessed by Martina McBride
38.  Point of Light by Randy Travis
39.  I Love You by Martina McBride
40.  Silver and Gold by Dolly Parton
41.  I'm Already There by Lonestar
42.  My Front Porch Looking In by Lonestar
43.  What If Jesus Comes Back Like That by Collin Raye
44.  Love Remains by Collin Raye
45.  We Will Rock You by Queen
46.  We Are The Champions by Queen
47.  I Like It, I Love It by Tim McGraw
48.  Deeper Than The Holler by Randy Travis
49.  Forever Amen by Randy Travis
50.  Heroes And Friends by Randy Travis
51.  He Walked On Water by Randy Travis
52.  Only In America by Brooks and Dunn
53.  Proud To Be An American by Lee Greenwood
54.  An American Child by Phil Vasser
54.  We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks
55.  Believe In You by Amanda Marshall
56.  Love Lift Me by Amanda Marshall
57.  Ride by Amanda Marshall
58.  Great God by Carmen
59.  I Feel Jesus by Carmen
60.  Addicted To Jesus by Carmen
61.  God's Got An Army by Carmen
62.  No Way, We Are Not Ashamed by Carmen
63.  This Blood by Carmen
64.  Soap Song By Carmen
65.  Who's In The House by Carmen
66.  Amazing Grace By Chris Tomlin
67.  Amazing Love by Chris Tomlin
68.  Lovin' Every Minute Of It by Loverboy
69.  This Could Be The Night by Loverboy
70.  Almost Paradise by Loverboy
71.  Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
72.  It's Not Over (Till It's Over) by Starship
73.  Some body To Lean On by Bill Withers
74.  There's A Hero by Billy Gilman
75.  I Hope You Dance by Leann Womack
76.  My List by Toby Keith

        These are some of the best songs I found going through my cd's. If I find any others I might update this list later. But I also wanted to ask you all to share some of your favorite uplifting and principal based songs. You know the ones that make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Or maybe the ones that get you off the couch and bouncing up and down!  Either way, what are you listening to when you turn the volume up? 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Positively Present Quote

          This is a quote from a blog I follow called Positively Present.  The post is called "A Vacation State of Mind." This is the wisest thing I have heard said on a blog.  The writer is about to take a vacation in England, a foreign country. "This vacation will be a test for me, I know. I will be out of my comfort zone. I will be in situations where I have very little control. But you know what I can be comfortable with and in control of? My state of mind. Today I'm choosing to let go -- to put worries away -- and embrace a vacation state of mind." She simply makes a choice...A wise man once told me that choosing how to think is as simple as looking left or looking right.
          Whenever I worry about something I stop and ask myself a question. "Will it matter in 5 years?" If it won't matter then, it probably isn't worth all that mental energy. If that doesn't work then I ask myself, "What is the worst thing that could happen?" Then I answer the question. Let me give you an example. I sell really expensive stuff and lots of people have access to it. Co-workers are not always as honest as I am. So I do a daily inventory of the merchandise.  If something was to go missing my boss says that will keep me from getting in trouble. If the owner decided they had to let someone go over stolen merchandise, they would either fire me or my boss. Which do you think is more likely? I could worry about things being stolen. I could worry about losing my job. Maybe something would be stolen and my boss would call me to the office.  I could be biting my nails in fear that they would let me go. I could tell myself that in this recession I'll never get a new job. I could go in that office expecting to be let go. OR I could decide that even if I was let go, I am confident and capable of getting another job. I could decide that if I have to go on unemployment or move in with parents for a short time, I will find a job quickly. I could decide to expect to be thanked for my good record keeping. I could be told that is was that record keeping that allowed them to determine the shift on which the merchandise went missing and recover it.  I could decide that I control my attitude and my actions!