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Positive Thoughts - One Thought at a Time

The first of the year, I was going to write one positive message a day and include an image. I looked at the calendar today and realized I was a few days behind. How did life become so hectic as to steal bits and pieces of time away from me?

So to get back into line, I went over to the other site some of my stuff was on and am in the process of transferring it here. Hopefully having everything on one site will help me keep things straight. For the time being, I hope you will enjoy this second message I had for the 2nd day of the year:

No matter what we do, we leave our prints (or mark) on this planet, on those around us, on things we come into contact with at any given point during the day. I wonder if we realize how much of an impact we make on things we touch.

For example, I had someone pull out in front of me the other day when I was going to work. This person was obviously in a bit of a hurry, or at least in more of a hurry than I was. However, instead of waiting on me to pass, she decided she would pull out to get ahead of me. She waited just long enough for me to be almost upon her and then I ended up having to hit my breaks hard in order to avoid ramming into her car. Her actions made a mark on me as it caused my heart rate to increase and fear to creep in since I was afraid I was going to hit her.

Years ago I would have ranted and raved, and probably would have followed her and "gave her a piece of my mind". Now, however, I remind myself that my everything I do or say leaves my mark. So I chose to take a deep breath and be thankful that I did not hit her. This instance, like so many things that happen, could have ended up several different ways. I cannot control everything that happens, and we certainly cannot make others do the right thing, but I can certainly control what I do and how I act or react. And I choose to leave a mark that does not damage, does not hurt...a mark that is positive, instead of negative.

How will you leave your mark? What will others remember the most about you? Will you accomplish greatness in a big way? Or will you accomplish things quietly? Will you make your time in this life count for something?

I hope that each of you think about how you do things, how you handle things, what kind of mark you will leave. It matters, even if you do not think it does...every single thing you do or say leaves its mark. Every single thing you say or do...matters.

Image Credit » Image Credit Renda Brooks

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Oceanblue wrote on January 10, 2015, 8:51 PM

I always think on the positive and help others when I can. I like being a nice person.

MelissaE wrote on January 10, 2015, 8:52 PM

It does seem that the time creeps by so slowly sometimes and zooms by when we want or need more. As for keeping my cool in situations: I'm so much better at it now than I used to be. I'm better able to use self control nowadays because I know that it only hurts me.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:52 PM

As a teacher of middle school age children I have to be especially mindful of the fact that I can all to easily leave a mark on the hearts and minds of my students. While I try very hard to leave positive traces I know there are times when they try my patience to the point where I might say something I'd wish I hadn't.

peachpurple wrote on January 11, 2015, 4:39 AM

i never accomplish in anything in my life except giving birth to the one and only boy in the household

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 11, 2015, 6:19 AM

You are so right, but sometimes we are in such a rush we donĀ“t think at all, just act or say something without thought.

seren3 wrote on January 11, 2015, 12:20 PM

I can get absorbed in my job but try to remember to be kind and do a little more for each person.

RuthCox wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:17 PM

A closer look at that image paired with your words and I immediately chastised myself for the condition my house is in! I plan to take heed of your thoughts, my friend!

AngelSharum wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:58 PM

It hardly ever does any good to get angry.

Renda wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:18 PM

That's good thing. If everyone were like that, it would surely be a better world.

Renda wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:19 PM

That is an accomplishment in itself.

Renda wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:20 PM

It really does seem to zoom by when we long for more, especially the older we get (or at least that's the way I feel). I'm glad you're able to use more self-control now. Some days are more challenging than others.

Renda wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:21 PM

I commend you for your career choice. You're so right, children are much more impressionable. I'm glad you pay attention to how you affect others, especially the little ones.

Renda wrote on January 12, 2015, 5:22 PM

I agree...rushing does tend to make us react without thinking sometimes. It isn't always easy, but we really should take the time to stop and think before reacting.

MelissaE wrote on January 12, 2015, 6:09 PM

Amen to that sir. I try so hard to be patient each and every day.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 12, 2015, 8:05 PM

I came to teaching as a second career after twelve unsatisfying years in accounting (sometimes it takes me a while to figure things out) but had learned so much working with the Scouts when my boys were younger and I believe that helped me tremendously.

Renda wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:38 PM

That's good :)

Renda wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:39 PM

Don't you wonder what happened to the house in the photo Ruth? I saw it and all I could think about is the walls' whispers.

Renda wrote on January 13, 2015, 8:40 PM

That is very true!