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For those of you who may be new to our blog or may just have missed the meaning behind our “Positive Purposeful Post”(s) here is the explanation – The founding belief of this company is to bring you inspiring positivity one breath at a time. All of our products are a reflection of this very idea. For example, our LFTG (Look For The Good) jars are filled with inspirational sayings/quotes. Each saying/quote has a crack ‘n peel backing so if you want to you can stick it on something for a positive reminder or simply throw it back in for a random draw another day. Head on over to our SHOP and purchase your very own today or bless someone else with one! (They come in two different sizes) So, having said that, periodically I will be doing my own random draw out of my personal LFTG jar and will be posting it on here with a story that emulates that message. These will be named “Positive Purposeful Post”. Time for another one below –

“In the words of one great prayer: ‘Bless me into usefulness.’” Sogyal Rinpoche

This is one of my FAVORITES! First, don’t we all want to be blessed? Second, don’t we all want to be useful? Well, I know I want both of these things. If you have been one of my blog readers for any amount of time, especially reading the “Positive Purposeful Post”(s) then you know somehow each and every saying/quote impacts me in some amazing way. That is why I love pulling from my very own LFTG (Look for the good . . . ) jar for daily inspiration! Of course, this quote makes me think of what I am currently doing for work in my own life.

I am a substitute for a special education school. One of my daughters also attends there. I am a substitute these days because full-time wasn’t the best match for our life right now. However, I LOVE substituting! You get the chance to be in multiple classrooms and teach many different students. Since we are the adults and the teachers you would think the kids are benefiting from us, right? I do hope that is the case. On the other hand, I am not exaggerating at all when I tell you I am the one who is benefiting from these students EVERY TIME I WORK WITH THEM! I was recently asked to do a long-term sub position for a new student coming in to our school. I figured I could at least be useful in some way even though there were a lot of unknowns. Turns out I am being blessed by learning numerous things myself.

So, for today, here are many of the goods . . .  I am having to learn sign language which has always intrigued me. I love to watch people sign. I am learning to let go of fear and show these students, who may have unpredictable behaviors, that I love them and am here for them. I do not want a child/adult (because some are adults already including my daughter) to ever think they aren’t loved by someone. We had one of our wheelchair bound, non-verbal, blind students communicate to us this past week that he did not want to be on a beanbag for leisure time. You may be wondering how does someone with these limitations communicate? If you could only witness it your mind would be blown. It is all about slowing down and watching, literally watching closely for some sign of communication. He somehow moved himself off the beanbag and we figured he wanted back in his wheelchair. He just received his new chair the day before and it is so comfy that he would rather be in it. He smiled when he was lifted back up. These are the extremely small yet oh so powerful ways of communication. I almost cried because these students are so dear to me. I always try to place myself in the shoes/socks/leg braces/wheelchairs (you get what I’m saying) of all people with special needs. It will change your perspective on life and you really will be blessed into usefulness. I encourage you to look for ways to help others and trust me, you in turn will be more than blessed. Much Peace and Love Y’all!

 

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I always love to have guest writers. Please let me know if you would like to be a guest writer. Taken from her own personal LFTG jar, Kloie writes her thoughts about the below saying – Enjoy!

“Fall for someone who deserves to catch you.”

Hello loves!

It was so nice outside today so I decided to take my new book out to my Eno and read. The book I recently purchased is called The Happiness Hypothesis. It is about “finding modern truth in ancient wisdom”. In part of the first chapter, the writer was discussing how the brain is in two halves, yet connected. Each half, and different regions of each half, allow us to do multiple tasks. When we see something that attracts us, such as a cute guy/girl or a yummy piece of food, our brain sends out bursts of dopamine. This dopamine is like a little reward for being interested in something that can continue our genes.

Most people, including myself, are always fine with doing something that will feel or taste good. This is because the feeling of dopamine is so nice, even though we might not think through as to what we are doing in the moment. Jonathan Haidt does a much better job of explaining the whole brain thing so I recommend reading the book! I am just trying to help explain why we should not simply fall for any human.

So, I am going to sort’ve base it off my personal life. First off, I like guys. I can be very boy crazy at times. However, since coming to the Governor’s School, I have changed so much. Part of what has changed has been my thoughts on dating. I am pretty young, but I can’t help that I am attracted to guys and want a boyfriend. Everyone at my old school was either messing around with dudes or dating one. I wanted someone to be there for me all the time that I liked so I constantly talked to a lot of guys, etc., etc.

Recently I have decided that I seriously don’t need to waste my time with any guy that I would for sure not marry. I always used to want to date a guy just because he was cute and decently nice to me. The problem with that is, they were putting in no effort to actually be with me or to like me for who I really was. I wanted (and still want) a guy who will love me exactly as I am, that I can laugh a lot with, but talk about the things that mean the world to me. I want to share my ideas and spend time with someone who wants to hear it.

I see girls all the time falling for all these “f-boys” and they get their heart-broken for settling way under what they deserve. I believe in soul mates and true love, and that there is someone out there that your soul will connect with like no one else. The problem is, people like to mess around just to get a little dopamine and not dig for the good stuff that will last forever.

Please, please, please do not cut your standards short nor do anything you might regret later. Because there is a person out there looking for someone like all of y’all, wishing to have a real connection. DO NOT settle for anything less! If the person truly wants to be with you, they’ll treat you like a Queen (or King) and you should be doing the same. Be patient and focus on pursuing other things, like school or work, in the meantime. When your true love comes to y’all, I promise all the waiting will have been worth it. And remember: fall for someone who deserves to catch you.

Chao for now!

–Kloie

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“The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

Generous – liberal in giving or sharing; unselfish. I seriously lol (laugh out loud) sometimes when I pick from my very own LFTG jar. This is the “quote” I pulled out this morning. It’s a Bible verse. After attending the Period Party last night (see blogpost “Will you be Thanks-GIVING please?”), again this was the perfect thing for me to read and be inspired about today. I will be posting our final numbers next week about the success of the Period Party.

Generous comes in all shapes, forms, kinds of giving. Generally, when I think of prosper I think money, money, money but that isn’t always true either. It means to be successful. Success also comes in all shapes, forms and kinds too. To say we were successful last night is an understatement! So many people I know were generous with their giving and a few were very giving of their time to help put the packs together. Being a part of that did bring me a deep sense of satisfaction. It felt good to know I am helping someone else – many other women in fact. So, for today here is the good . . . It refreshed my soul to know there are still genuine, helpful ladies right here in my own community who want to contribute to a worthy purpose. Take today or maybe this weekend to reflect on how you can help make a difference. Nothing is too small of an idea. As I always say here at Look for the good . . . Inspiring positivity one breath at a time . . . just one can make all the difference in the world. Peace and Love Y’all and have a fantastic weekend! P.S. Click on our “Shop” tab and purchase your very own LFTG jar. We offer two sizes. Everyday you will read something inspiring, uplifting and encouraging!

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F.E.A.R. – has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise   The choice is yours.

Okay so this saying is one that is actually not in my personal LFTG jar but I saw it today and it jumped out at me. Why did it jump out at me? So easy! How can you forget about something that is constantly on your mind? It doesn’t mean you aren’t moving forward. Right now for me it is to decide how I want to move forward. You know how you can speculate on something that happened? Maybe that person is thinking this or saying that, but you don’t really know. You can only go on their past behavior. However, when it is confirmed it is not always a happy moment. We tend to think “Ha, ha! I’m right. I knew I was right.” But when you being right means finding out someone else’s true colors are ugly and dark, it isn’t the greatest feeling. Having said that, as you should know by now, I am not one to run. I always stand up for truth, even if it hurts, and trust me, this truth hurts. For today here is the good . . . Even though my heart is broken I am still strong. I refuse to live in a cluster of lies. I refuse to live as if certain things didn’t really happen. I refuse to sweep the filthy dirt under the flawless rug. The only reason the fabric looks unblemished is because they place pretty furniture on it to cover the stains. They are there though. They are reminders of the choices we have made and the life we have lived. Our experiences both good and bad. They are the marks where we have fallen and smudged our less than perfect spirits. No one is perfect! Not even one! I choose to Face Everything And Rise. I will not be fearful of letting go of something I never had in the first place. Peace and Love Y’all!

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“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Art Roy Remy

Raise your hand if you have ever had to go out of your comfort zone. Me, Me, Me! I’m raising my hand. This thought provoking quote out of my personal LFTG jar definitely speaks to things I have been through but in particular it made me think of a friend of mine. I will not ever give away specific details because I do not want to give away their identity. I actually got a text from her this morning asking for prayers. She had a meeting with someone today to discuss a very personal matter that is near and dear to her heart. This topic is very important to many families across our whole world. She was nervous at how she would present this information to this “important” person. My response was this – “I definitely will. Remember The Lord is always right beside you. He will be in there with you today. You be yourself and remember WHY you are doing this. Don’t try and be something you’re not. Don’t try to impress this ‘important’ person. Your passion for this is a gift from God and when you do your part God takes care of the rest. You aren’t in control. He is. JUST BE YOU!” Then I added this next text to make her laugh a little – “Also remember this ‘important’ person is just a person too. This ‘important’ person poops like you and puts his/her pants on one leg at a time just like you. That has gotten me through A LOT in dealing with ‘higher up’ people my entire adult life. Trust me. I’ve had to fight for a lot.”

So for today here are many of the goods . . . I love having friends that can count on me to pray for them and who feel comfortable asking. I also love that those friends do the same for me. In our society we may talk about God on a surface level but do we actually live for Him? That is sooo difficult sometimes! I have very special friends I can text, e-mail, or call and know they will pray for me. I am blessed. Remember this when you have to get out of your comfort zone. It’s a promise from God – “I command you – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9     Peace and Love Y’all! Have a fabulous week!

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