We all meet challenges in life but what sets us a part is how we react to those challenges.
One of my favourite positive hero’s was Forrest Gump he was able to extract something good from potentially bad situations, and whether by luck or by determination, he made the best of things, showing a relentlessly positive outlook.
This quote attributed to Buddha is great but probably works best when reflecting on a challenge – the old lightbulb moment “ohhh ah I see the positive side now… “Every experience no matter how bad it seems holds within it a blessing, the goal is to find it”.
The great bards Chumbawamba were succinct with their 1997 hit “Tub thumping” – I get knocked down but I get up again … speaks to me about resilience and thinking positive about whats coming next. Tom Laurie said “Positive thinking helps you stand back up again when you are knocked down by bad luck or negativity” (Goal Setting: 12 step guide to achieving goals and realizing real success). There are moments in life where you need to tell yourself that you can do it – that you can get through to a your goal or a better place
Its been 10 years since Rhonda Byrne published the secret which proposes a law of positive attraction where a call to the universe encompasses a mind over matter idea, where there is something greater than the physical – think positive / be grateful.
The power of positive thinking – if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter. Not always realistic but bring you peace when used in conjunction with some of the following;
- Be grateful – keep a journal
- Reframe your challenges. … “Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.” – Robert Kiyosaki
- Get good at being rejected. …
- Use positive words to describe your life. …
- Replace have with get. … I haveto go to work. I have to go grocery shopping. I have to pay my rent. Now change this one little word to get and see what happens. I get to go to work.
- Don’t let yourself get dragged into other people’s complaints. …
- Make someone else smile
Numbers 5 and 7 work well for me and everyone is different but we all can do with a reminder sometime to look on the bright side, be grateful and think positive.
Here are a couple quotes to keep you thinking, Merry Christmas
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” – Winston Churchill
“Optimism is the most important human trait, because it allows us to evolve our ideas, to improve our situation, and to hope for a better tomorrow.” ~ Seth Godin
It’s not just about providing games and dress ups. Giving time, opportunity and open ended resources to young minds, supports an endless amount of imagination and learning in play. Recent playground experiences where a good supply of large objects tyres, pipes, crates etc… led to amazing cooperative and social play inspiring leadership, confidence, cooperation and a chance to stretch problem solving skills – (we also got a pirate ship a castle a car a train and a crane:)
Junk modeling or the use of “loose parts” is where natural or synthetic objects are found, bought, or upcycled —acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, Children can move, manipulate, control, and change items within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children’s curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity.
Open ended resources (sometimes known as junk) supports open-ended learning, enhance play, and empowers children to create their own learning experience. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless.
“Children acquire their first math skills and understanding of numerical concepts when they manipulate small loose parts, like blocks and bottle caps, by sorting and classifying and combining and separating them. Once they begin integrating loose parts into their games, you commonly hear them start to count and see them arranging the parts in specific sequences, patterns, and categories by color, type, number and class.” Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky, authors of Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children.
Should councils stop granting consents for New Zealands water to be bottled and sold?
I recently had the Forest and Bird society on the door step asking for donations towards riparian planting to help filter the toxic waste as it runs into the rivers and lakes contributing to NZ’s poor water quality. With out doubt business and industry should be responsible and liable for the clean up and improved quality of water we all should be enjoying, it is a crying shame that with all of modern science, we can’t or won’t do anything about allowable water pollution.
There is an issue about taking water for bottling and it may be a drop in the bucket compared to the legal dumping of harmful materials into the water ways, but it is emotional to see clean water that the public is being denied, sold off for what seems like a pittance.
Clean green pure NZ, the public needs something to show that government and councils are taking this issue seriously – granting consents to discharge into, pollute or take billions of litres for someone else’s profit just doesn’t seem right.