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What’s Right With The World

The other day I found The Bold Life, a blog by Tess Marshall which she describes as “a delicious and juicy mix of inspiration, spirituality, and personal development.” On one of her latest posts she writes, “It’s very important to notice what’s right about the world. Let’s talk about that, build upon it, grow it. Make a big freakin’ deal about it!” And then goes on to list 52 things that are right with the world to get the positivity started and challenges others to do the same. So here I am, taking on the challenge and sharing it with all of you in hopes that you will continue the chain of positivity. We liked the idea so much that “what’s right with the world” will become a regular feature.  Here’s the first of many.

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Yes You Can!

At birth, Rick Hoyt was diagnosed as a “spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy”. His parents Dick and Judy Hoyt were told that there was little chance for Rick to live a “normal life”.  This didn’t deter them from doing their best to include Rick in everyday activities.

Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

And that was how Team Hoyt began.

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Life is How You React to it

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
— Charles Swindoll

On the Road Less Traveled

Last Friday April 29, my wife and I set out on an adventure. We terminated the lease on our apartment, put everything we had left in a 10′ x 10′ storage locker, returned our leased car and headed out of town with two small suitcases our laptops and a camera. We started in Los Angeles on our 30 day U.S.A. Amtrak Rail Pass, heading south through San Antonio and Austin and New Orleans which is where we are now. We leave tomorrow for Chicago then to Michigan, Indianapolis, Washington DC, Providence Rhode Island, Boston, Portland Maine, Philadelphia, Connecticut and ending in New York.

When we left last week we thought we would have enough time to continue posting here, but quickly realized that it wasn’t realistic during our busy travel.  So for now we are going to take a short break, but we will be back soon with more inspiration. We will continue to post occasionally on Facebook and Twitter so please “follow” and “Like” us.

We posted this quote when we first launched this blog but feel it is again appropriate for this next adventure.

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
— Lao Tzu

What To Focus On

Thanks for the simple reminder, Marc Johns.

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain, American author

Life is…

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
— Mother Teresa, humanitarian

Beyond Earth Day

There is a great need, and growing support, for the introduction of new values in our society — where bigger is not necessarily better — where slower can be faster — and where less can be more.

— Gaylord Nelson, principal founder of Earth Day and author of Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise

For over 40 years, Earth Day has inspired us to show our commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.  There are simple things we can do, today and everyday, to help protect our planet and be part of the solution. Ready to take part in Earth Day 2011? What do you plan to do today and everyday to help protect our planet? If you need some green inspiration, check out Earth Day Network’s Billion Acts of Green website.

Happiness is Contagious

Happiness isn’t something ready made. It comes from our own actions.

— Dalai Lama

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It’s All About Your Attitude

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

— Kahlil Gibran, poet and artist, author of The Prophet