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Apr 30, 2014

10 Ways to Work the Optimism Muscle...Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!


Optimism is a muscle….work it every day! – Robin Roberts

I recently heard Robin Roberts say this in an interview with her good friend, Diane Sawyer.  She was discussing what she has learned through her illness, and how she is now experiencing more joy than before.  This was an interview about her new book, Everybody’s Got Something.

She is truly a survivor… lived through great difficulties and is still smiling.  I know what it is to be shut down by trials of life.  I experienced it more than once.  I gave others too much control over my emotions and self- worth.

 
During my mommy years, I was not always working the optimism muscle.  In fact, I had a propensity to be negative most days.  When I took the criticisms of family, the stress of children and their activities, and comparisons through peer pressure then mixed them all together one deadly cocktail was created.  Thank goodness I had a wake=up call.

Finally, I began to realize that I MATTER. This began a regular workout for the optimism muscle and now it is a part of me. Let’s look at what it took for me to turn things around:
1.       Live life one day at a time…I am going to make this a good day…no matter what.
2.       Understand that life is short, it is a gift not to be wasted.
3.       Expect joy every day…if we seek it, we will find it.
4.       Don’t let challenges become bigger than they are.  This just means that I do not allow something to get out of control.  I truly believe it is never too late to make a change.
5.       Start small…what is one little thing you can do right now that will put a smile on your face. Have you kept your radio on music others like?  Change the station today to what you want to listen to! 
6.       Take time to look at flowers…the sky…your child’s face…artwork…animals…so much around us we often just rush by.
7.       When something devastating happens, don’t allow it to shut you down. Prayer and meditation is key.  There is still a lot of life to live.
8.       The best way to experience true joy is to help others around you who need it. 
9.       However, sometimes negative, difficult people need less time in our lives.  If there are people who reject optimism and make you feel bad about you, seriously consider spending less time with them.  Sometimes this is a very difficult, yet necessary, decision.  Only you know what is possible in this area.

10.   Finally, recognize you are not a mistake…you are valuable…you are beautiful…now what are some things you can do to help you feel and look your very best.

Let me know if you begin to work that muscle!  For all of the I MATTER Posts, just click HERE.  And for Robin's new book...look 






Then make sure you join the fabulous bloggers from Katie's Favorite Things Blog Hop!!


ITS TIME FOR THE THURSDAY FAVORITE THINGS BLOG HOP!

It’s time to hop! Party and link up! The Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Your link will appear on the blogs of Katherine's Corner,  Over 50 Feeling 40, and Vintage Mama.  Three times the opportunity to make new bloggy friends and to share your wonderful blog and discover others to


RULES:

Please DO NOT link and run…….
  • Please visit a few of the wonderful blogs that are sharing here.
  •     Please leave comments when you visit
  •     Please Link to your post and not to your blog home page
  •     Linkback on your post (optional, but always appreciated)
  •     Grab the hop button code from The button page (optional)
  •     No adult content blogs
  • Please no more than 3 links to your blog
  •     No links directly to your shops or websites selling things/services please! (sorry they will be removed)
  •     Yes you can link giveaways (they are everyone’s favorite thing) Add your giveaways to Katherines Giveaways Page too!
Adding your link to this blog hop gives Katherines Corner permission to share your posts and pictures via social media and as features on Katherines Corner. Note- All features on Katherines Corner will be linked back to the original source .Social media features are linked back to the hop



Hop On! 




  1. I love these ladies. I went to school with Robin Roberts. Great post.Thank you for being such a wonderful co hostess. xo

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  2. Great story! I have followed Robin Roberts for quite a while and she is inspiring. xo

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  3. Your comments today are certainly inspirational Pam. I have spent years of my life living for other people and doing what everyone else wanted and 'kept the peace' and tried to put everyone ahead of myself and never asked for anything. I have knuckled under to 'You're wearing THAT??' and even the music I listened to, like you mentioned. I am currently on the journey you describe. Changes are being made, slowly but surely. All the things you said struck a chord with me today. I decided to print out your list and keep it on my desk where it can serve as a reminder. Thanks for this post today. Lots to think about! Karen

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  4. Optimism should totally be exercised! Thank you for hosting the hop. :)

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  5. I really enjoy these I Matter posts. They are so encouraging! I enjoy your blog and I've mentioned it in my last post "Sunshine and Shine On" blog awards. I wanted to let you know in case you would like to play along! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com


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  6. Great post Pam. You ARE always positive on here, yours is one blog in particular I find very uplifting- from the things you share to the things you post of others. Guess you have big muscles :)
    J

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  7. Thank you for hosting, have a fantastic weekend
    Dina@KitchenDreaming

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  8. I like your positive thinking.

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  9. Great reminders! Number 5 is one I strive to work on daily. Thanks for sharing

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