Merry Monday! A Few Thoughts to start the week…

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~Maya Angelou

All Aboard!  Kick it! (The mood music for this piece…)

I have realized recently that every small thought, every decision, every step we take has a huge impact on us, and the world around us.

I have also realized that every interaction is the opportunity to do good and receive good. Whether it is a phone call, a shopping trip that I was asked to participate in (I hate shopping), or even considering your fellow travelers when playing music on the shuttle that I had to drive to Washington DC last week..

Today I also realized that I have, almost without realizing it, become a slightly better person. I feel like I am more mindful of the world around me, more humble about my place in it. That makes me feel happy and fulfilled.

And all it took was a year of Bible Study, an in-depth study.  Join us sometime, each Thursday at 7:PM.  Call-in to join; (605) 475-4000 /  PIN 101176.

So, this week make the effort to make your every interaction a positive one. To face the world with a smile and a kind word. If you throw kindness out in the world, it will bounce right back, only multiplied several times over.

Last Thought to start your week:

Rediscover the Beauty of Life

I’ll be completely honest with you: this is not something that just happened to me overnight. I’m still working toward my new career path and finding what I really want out of life. I still get frustrated or upset sometimes, and I still have a lot of work to do.

But something changed the day I decided to take life into my own hands and seek out the beauty of life.cut

I became more aware.

I started attracting more happy moments and wonderful people to me because I actively sought them out, and what I put out came back to me tenfold.

I seek out the good stuff instead of dwelling on the not-so-good.

And, through this, I’ve learned that the more we search for the beauty of life, the more we invite it in. As kids we noticed it with ease, exploring to our heart’s content but, as adults, we sometimes forget to pay attention.

We get caught up with the mundane, we focus on the negatives and we love joining in on a mutual whine-fest with others. But imagine how much we could gain from our day if we took a moment to soak in the bliss of being alive.

Lying in the grass, laughing with a loved one, being recognized at work for doing a great job, swapping out things we don’t like with things we love, acknowledging someone else and seeing their joy, and just embracing the moments that make up our day-to-day lives is the key to finding the extraordinary in each day.

It may not always seem that simple but, I promise, if you’re willing to give it a shot, try it out, and be intentional when seeking out wondrous moments, it will make a significant difference to your life. And, the more you practice, the easier it will be to see.

This week, I invite you to be aware of what you might need to change and seek out possibilities for joy in the coming week.

Find ways to bring the fun in and keep your eyes wide open for special moments or people that can make your life even more beautiful. Or, even better, take time to be grateful for what you’ve already got.

Try it out, see how you go, and then leave me a comment and tell me how it went!

All Aboard!  The LifeTrain!!!

5 comments on “Merry Monday! A Few Thoughts to start the week…
  1. Carmen says:

    Wonderful ride Mr. Conductor! This is a great blog… Practice makes perfect, and that is what I am striving for when it comes to finding the positive in whatever I may encounter. Every one we meet is going through something, but it’s a personal choice for each individual to feed the positive or nurse the negative. There IS beauty in life. It’s very colorful. It is all around us. It’s in our everyday walk, but we will miss it if we allow the negative to overshadow the positive. We can not afford to let our situations and circumstances beat us up to the point of only focusing in on the negative. Regardless of how bad it may apprear on the surface, there is some positive in everything we go through. It’s in there somewhere. Sometimes it’s harder to find than others, but it’s there. We must be the positive energy that we desire to see in others. Chances are, our positive energy will attract their positive energy. It may be that little extra that is needed for them to feed on and find the positive in their situation. Everytime we can do this, we are one step closer to perfecting it.

    I too, am grateful for the weekly bible study as well as the other portions of the Praying4You Ministries as a whole. They are truly a blessing to my life. Over the past year, I have found myself in a better place with understanding God’s word and desiring to be in His will…to be the person God has called me to be. I don’t always get it right, but I thank God for Jesus, His love, and His amazing grace and mercy.

    Thank you for posting this. These train rides are always an excellent reminder to self evaluate and seek to make my life, more pleasant and productive. May the Lord Bless you with a long healthy, and fruitful life!

    Your faithful passenger,
    Carmen

  2. Robin says:

    I can honestly say that putting into practice your perspective can be quite daunting for me. However, I agree that what you put out, you do get back. I too have been the recipient of the positive – mainly because I quick squash negative thoughts/people/ideas. Lately I’ve notice that I’m whining a bit more, shamed by the idea that I had forgotten that God goes ahead of me.

    I’m trying hard to live in the moment(they seem to going by so quickly), but I am trying to embrace the sunshine in my life each day. Thank you for the reminder Mr. Daniel.

  3. Robin says:

    I can honestly say that putting into practice your perspective can be quite daunting for me. However, I agree that what you put out, you do get back. Lately I too have been the recipient of the positive – mainly because I quickly squash negative thoughts/people/ideas. I’ve notice that I’m whining a bit more, shamed by the idea that I had forgotten that God goes ahead of me.

    I’m trying hard to live in the moment(they seem to going by so quickly), but I am trying to embrace the sunshine in my life each day. Thank you for the reminder that each day is precious and I need to live in it.

  4. chuckie says:

    Wonderful post Robin!!!

  5. chuckie says:

    Well put Carm Carm!!!

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