Blooming Boomers

June 23, 2010


Filed under: Workshops/ Encouragement — Tags: , , , , , , , — bloomingboomers @ 1:22 am

Sandy challenged us last weekend to make intentional choices in areas of our lives to make things better and bring more joy.

One simple thing I decided to do in the category of my HOME is to keep a vase of fresh flowers on the counter in my kitchen throughout the summer. I am blessed to have an abundance of blooming lilies right now, and seeing the bouquet each time I walk through this busy center in my home brings me joy.  (The photos shown here are from my actual garden.)

Another simple think I am intentionally trying to do is to connect well and encourage those with whom I have RELATIONSHIPS.  Whether it is a co-worker, a friend or family member, I am choosing to really listen when they talk to me, and be an encouragement in how I respond.

Making intentional choices for the good of others and yourself can only happen when you
PLANT POSITIVE THOUGHTS.  This is the next point in our series.

Every day you have a choice.  You can choose to complain and get frustrated when circumstances are not to your liking and focus on the negative, or you can choose to see the positive – to plant positive thoughts.

When tempted to complain about something – STOP!  Do not verbalize it. Do not keep thinking about it in a negative light.  Instead, focus on what it is you have to be thankful for in that situation. Intentionally find and focus on the positive. You will feel a lightness in your spirit that will carry you through the situation with calmness and peace – a much better alternative!

One area some women personally struggle with is to plant positive thoughts in regard to themselves. When they goof up on something, they tend to be hard on themselves. But even in self talk, if you discipline your thoughts to stay positive, you’ll find that you are more able to move on to the next thing with confidence and joy.  Joel Osteen says, “Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life.”

Proverbs 23:7 says “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Author James Allen (1864-1912) wrote a book, with its title loosely based on this same verse, called “As A Man Thinketh.” It has proven to be a classic work – used by many to encourage profound change in their lives. Below is a quote from the book:

“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.”

Doesn’t this sum up nicely our theme of “The Garden of Your Mind”?



1 Comment »

  1. I LOVE Paul Allen’s quote! it’s perfect! Have a great day, Sherrie! sandy

    Comment by Sandy — June 23, 2010 @ 7:39 am

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