Thank you Mary for this inspirational video!!! *flowersmile*
Thanks, Barbara. Sometimes when we feel weighted down, it helps to turn our attention away from our own problems and help someone else. When I researched why suicide rates decrease over the holidays, that was one reason given by experts for the reduction. People renew old acquaintances, send cards and telephone calls to people they care about, and reach out to the less fortunate. For instance, if unemployed, volunteer! Here's a video called "Encouragement."
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Hello! In this video is one of my favorite recording artists - Vickie Winans, a gospel singer. If you are a non-Christian,think of whatever gives you strength and draw from that source to just SHAKE LOOSE!
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There is beauty and the prospect of achievement only in tenacity.
Hang in there and keep pushing. Out of dry earth come flowers!
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Mary... Thank you for this thread. My faith carries me through, but there are times that Satan is so sneaky I just don't even see him coming. God bless you Mary.
Just remember that when you put on the whole armor of faith, God gave you nothing for your back. That's because He's got your back! Also, it is because you are never to turn and run from adversity. Face your demons, even if they are within.
Bless you, Marylee. You are one of my heroes!
Let's pick up the pace. The average person spends much of his/her life working. Sometimes there are tensions on the job. Some companies have laid off workers and those who remain are doing what two people used to do. Employees are having to forego raises and some are asked to take pay cuts to keep companies afloat and keep their jobs as a result of making that sacrifice. Economic pressures are getting some people down, but don't let it get to you. Know that you are not the only one, and eventually things will CHANGE. If they don't, we will cope. Coping skills are vital. Substitute steak for chicken if you must, but don't ever allow anxiety to rule. Nothing new is happening. There have always been hills and valleys, and STILL WE CLIMB! Here is a song about working hard.
SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY! Enjoy it, and stay upbeat, everyone.
ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ONE WHO ENDURED MUCH, BUT ACCOMPLISHED MORE!
“When our days become dreary with low hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward JUSTICE.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
AIMI members, this would be a good place for you to tell what gives you strength and hope. AIMI members struggle with various issues in life just as everyone does. Consider sharing how you or someone you admire overcame despair, fear, addictions, or tremendous odds. Even small victories matter. Others may be inspired by you. I am.
People inspire me with their never give up attitude. I have lots to deal with as you know, but it is nothing compared with some, that in itself gives me the strength to keep going.
Hello, Deb. It means a lot to me to have your warm greeting right now. You always inspire me. I think it is important to be around people who are resilient and committed, who edify, inspire and motivate us. Each of us needs someone to say, "I have faith in you. You're a winner. Don't give up." I believe ball teams generally win more games in their home stadiums because there are so many people cheering for them. I am your cheering squad, Deb and other AIMI members! We can be that for each other. We all get a few TKOs in the ring of life, and it is good to have someone in our corners to remind us to do as Bob Marley advised:
GET UP! STAND UP! DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT!
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It is within our power to FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE. Many philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and others have great advice to offer regarding keeping a positive outlook. One of my favorite quotes about this is:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8
Below is a video by the Jackson Five to remind us to focus on the GOOD TIMES! If there is little in our lives at present to make us smile, let us reflect on many blessed times we have already enjoyed and recognize that life is full of hills and valleys. Most of the things people worry about never happen, and some of our most precious memories were surprises we did not engineer. As the character Forest Gump said, "Life is like a box of chocolates." Be encouraged! The very next candy might be your favorite! There are many more good times headed YOUR way. I promise.
GOOD TIMES, by The Jackson Five
Balance is important. There is a time to grieve, and we should allow ourselves room to feel disappointment and seek help if grief or feelings of despair threaten to overtake us. But also know that there is a time to cast off our gloom and find something to rejoice about. The cup is always at least half full. Helping others is a very good way to shift our focus from our own problems. So are hobbies. When you fall, when you lose, when someone leaves your life through death or a failed relationship, always pick yourself up again! Grab another chocolate and see what is inside!
I write about injustices as a way to help people who need exposure to their victimization. But I also write about the positive things that are happening in the area of justice, and what a lot there are! We must accept that there are positives and negatives in life, and both are largely out of our control. We change what we can, and we accept what we cannot change. One can shift a rock, but it takes more than one to push a boulder. Never try to handle everything yourself. I am glad I don't have to, because I have all of you wonderful AIMI members and online friends to help give Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill.
Please visit my Good News reports regarding justice today. It might inspire you. Be sure to send me any positive reports you stumble upon so we can include them in future hubs. HELP ME SEARCH FOR GOOD NEWS AND FIND MORE REASONS TO REJOICE!
Steps Toward Justice: http://hubpages.com/profile/Mary+Neal
Blessings are headed your way!
Most of us are in charge of what we think about. With the exception of acute mental patients, people can determine what thoughts dominate our minds. Negative memories and ideas come to all of us from time to time and make us feel down, angry, or defeated, but we do not have to dwell on them. We must not allow such impressions to take root in our hearts and rule our actions. We must be careful of what thoughts we nourish in our spirits. Whatever we nourish GROWS.
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind! Ephesians 4:23
Rather than focusing on what makes us feel bad, we should make a concerted effort to concentrate on whatever we find pleasant and uplifting. It has been proved that watching comedies helps speed physical healing. Fake laughter until it comes more naturally!
LOVE HELPS! Dogs are sometimes taken to nursing homes and hospital wards to help lift the spirits of sick people. Petting the dogs and interacting with them actually lowers the patients' bloodpressure. Reach out and touch someone today. Close your mind to negative thoughts and open your hearts to love.
Find something to enjoy and someone to love.
Here are the Impressions with an oldie reminding us to KEEP ON PUSHING!
thanks mary for this one
Thank you, Mary F.! You and all AIMI members should feel free to add to this strand. Tell how you keep going even when you feel defeated. Tell how you or someone you respect overcame a negative circumstance in life. This is how we can help others and each other. These are distressing times for many people. Sharing helps. If you run across a video that fits this strand, please post it. Encouragement through inspirational messages, poems, and song can lift people's spirits.
HERE'S STEVIE WONDER'S DON'T YOU WORRY ABOUT A THING!
In spring of '08, I bought a lovely hanging pot filled with impatients. The pot was taken off my porch and laid behind the hedges when the last flowers seem to have died. All year I had planned to replant in the pot, but I never got around to it. Recently, it rained a good deal in Georgia, and I noticed a single, perfect impatient on a tiny green stalk in the flower pot. I hung it back in the sun and gave it plant food and more water. Now, she's back! The pot is filled once again with many lovely impatients. Sometimes, things are not as hopeless as they seem.
Hybernate like flowers if you must, but don't you ever quit!
AIMI, something happened w/ my first picture of flowers posted at Encouragement for Daily Life. I believe the message of renewal is important enough to re-publish. It is a reminder that we all need to take time out like flowers do - but with firm resolve that quitting is not an option.
People under pressure sometimes resort to drugs and alcohol for help coping. Both marijuana and alcohol are depressants. Using these substances is called "getting high," but they can lead to very low situations. Marijuana and other street drugs are illegal. Two-thirds of prisoners were incarcerated for non-violent offenses, and most of those arrests were drug-related. Drug addiction and overuse of alcohol ravage the body, mind, spirit, and relationships. Driving under the influence leads to arrests, expensive fines, and avoidable accidents - some with fatalities.
Help is usually required to break free of addictions. The good news is that help is available! America's Drug Addiction Alcohol Abuse RehabTreatment Help and Information Center has a database to find help near you. Its website link is http://www.addict-help.com/
Alcoholic Annonymous has a long, successful history of helping people back to sobriety. Besides holding in-person meetings around the country, AA now offers online web chat meetings. The link and schedule are below.
AAOnline Web Chat Meetings
8:30 AM Daily
1:30 PM Mon-Fri
6:30 PM Daily
9:30 PM Daily
12 Midnight Daily
3:00 AM/PM Sat and Sun
7:00 AM Monday and Wednesday
All are welcome to attend!
YOU CAN BE FREE! Just take it one step at a time.
First step - use the links and make that call.
Enjoy Jodin Sparks' video: ONE STEP AT A TIME
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