Embrace Life, Change & Social Media

As we welcome the new month of September, ideas are running around in my head this morning that I wanted to put on paper before they were pushed out by the busyness of the day.

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Friends often comment about my positive attitude and how I am always in such a good mood each morning.  I appreciate their comments, but some days it’s a struggle for me, just like it is for everyone. The daily challenges of life, work, friendships, relationships, getting older, etc., can make it easy to take the negative, or the “oh woe is me” route.  To me, that is the worst thing a person can do, because it is counter-productive and destructive.  Negative thoughts breed more negative thoughts.  It is a vicious cycle.  Embracing the storms and challenges of life is important, I just find it better for me to keep the focus on the positive things in life. 

So, what is the magic bullet answer?  There is none.  But I do believe that if we work at making our mindset one of thankfulness and gratitude; a mindset of embracing life, changes in life and all that is around us, it will be far easier for us to stay in that positive frame of mind.  I have no scientific evidence for this, just speaking from personal experience; for me it is far easier to daily embrace life than to pull myself out of a funk.  Sandi, a friend of mine refers to me as Mr. Happy; I love that.  Even on the days that I have to work at being happy, I find it helps my overall outlook on everything.

What does any of this have to do with social media?  I’m glad you asked!  If and when I am in a funk or frustrated about things; spending time chatting with friends; whether on the phone, face-to-face or through social media, it lifts my spirits.  I log onto Twitter each day, and the positive vibes from my friends and followers literally starts my day on a positive note.  There is a group of us called the #PositivePosse that provide encouragement, support and smiles to one another on a daily basis.  It truly does make a difference when you surround yourself with those positive and supportive friends.

I encourage you to embrace life, embrace change, look for the good and the positive each day.  Ready positive stories or posts while seeking encouraging friends to engage with via social media or face-to -face relationships.  It does make a difference.

Want to connect?  That is easy, I am always on!  You can Friend me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter, add me to your Circles on Google+ and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Insignificant? Not at all!

I was blessed today to have another morning on this earth, and to be able to enjoy a cup of coffee on my deck as the sun started it’s journey across the sky.  I snapped this photo of the moon agains the backdrop of the blue sky and clouds and started pondering our significance in the universe.

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         Watching the final Space Shuttle mission and the landing of Atlantis took me back to my childhood; like most boys, I wanted to be an astronaut!  I still want to fly into space and look down upon the earth.  That would be so cool! Alas, that is not an option at this point, so I will just keep looking towards the Heaven’s and keep that dream alive!Looking to the stars and the vastness of the universe, or even our own lives, it is easy to feel insignificant, but that is not the case. We all touch countless lives as we live our life.  The people we see each day and interact with, our family, friends, co-workers, we impact them all.  Are you impacting those lives in a positive manner?  Am I?  That is the constant question.Working in and spending a considerable amount of time in social media, I communicate with thousands of people. I am always aware of this and strive to make a positive impact in those lives.  I hope I do.  If you spend time in social media or social networking, you have a similar opportunity.  You have the opportunity to  make a significant impact or difference in the lives of others. Before you send that next Tweet or post something to one of your profiles, think about that.  Think about how it will impact your friends and followers, as well as your own reputation.  Will it be positive and supportive or negative?  However you choose to impact others, just know you do, and treat those “virtual” relationships with care; these are real people on the other side of the screen.How do you make a significant difference in the lives of others?