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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Something to think about. . . Saturday's

Don't worry, cause worrin' is like prayin' for what you don't want" -Bob Marley

I am a firm believer that the more you worry about something - the more likely it is that it will come to you.

What you resists persists. Sounds like I am preaching The Secret, but I don't think I am.

I just believe God is expecting us to have faith that good things will happen - even when our minds and hearts might think otherwise. This is extremely hard for me - I work at being positive even when (at times) I don't feel positive.

And it is made harder when you have negative people - toxic people - around. It's like you have to fight their negativity while trying to hold up your positivity.

Don't you think it's good to try to be positive? Do you think that's what God wants is to do?

I heard a saying that goes something like this - faith is like stepping on the first step of a stairway when you're in the dark. It's there, but you can't see it. You go by faith.

I know when you have a serious loss or you are in crisis it's different - I'm talking about plain ordinary everyday living.

You get up in the morning - you start thinking - then comes the choice - am I going to be happy today or unhappy? You put your feet down on the floor and go forth.

What happens next?



Happy Birthday - Olivia Hussey - Wikipedia

Hussey was married first to actor Dean Paul Martin (son of the famous Rat Pack singer/actor, Dean Martin) in 1971 (he reportedly fell in love with her after seeing Romeo and Juliet, and sought her out). They had a son, Alexander Dean Martin (later an actor), in 1973, before divorcing in 1978. Dean Paul Martin met an untimely death in 1987 when his National Guard F-4 Phantom fighter jet crashed in California's San Bernardino Mountains during a snowstorm. Fourteen-year-old Alexander had watched his father take off on the ill-fated flight.

In 1980 Hussey married Japanese musician Akira Fuse, and had one son, Max (born 1983). Divorced from Fuse in 1989, she married American musician David Glen Eisley in 1991. In October 1993, she gave birth to a daughter, India Eisley, now an actress who plays a series regular on the ABC Family teen drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

She has suffered from agoraphobia, which she decided to treat with meditation rather than medication. She has suffered from anorexia.

"Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow." - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 2.2

14 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Choices—we all have them, we all have to make them, and we all have to live with the consequences of the ones we make. Hence, the important question for us all is: What will those choices be, and how can we know how to make the right ones?
This is a quote a friend sent me and when I get down and wonder what to do I always remember this, no matter what choice we make we must pay the consequences, so try to make the right one...
Hope you have a great week end and always stay positive.
Molly

Jojo said...

I love that Bob Marley quote and gee whiz, I haven't thought about Olivia Hussey SINCE Romeo and Juliet (that was 7th grade for me)!

Knitty said...

I so heartily agree! When facing a distasteful task, isn't it much better to do without seriously getting yourself worked up in a tizzy? The task will end but your negative emotions are still roiling.

I have to admit that I complain with tongue in cheek. I have a sarcastic streak that some may read and not appreciate or not understand that I am poking fun at the situation and myself. For instance, when I complained about the appliances rebelling, it didn't really have me down or keep me down after the initial irritation of discovering their treachery. (wink, wink)

I've had big things in my life that have been dark and extremely sad. This small stuff? Pfffttt!

There are toxic people on and off my computer that I avoid. I help if I can, even if it is just listening when it is something serious. The problem is that the toxic people are like the boy who cried wolf. Everything is THE WORST thing in their world and it is too draining for most of us around them.

Linda said...

You know I understand this! I also have to make a daily choice. I am by nature a positive person but the negativity in my life can get me down fast! I fight it daily....I want to let the true me shine and be the happy person I am. Some situations are unfortunately not avoidable so I live with them and try to just keep positive.

Susan said...

Hello Sandie....I'm like you....I TRY to get up with a positive mindset and keep it that way. Ol' Abe Lincoln said it best with "We are about as happy as we make up our minds to be."

I read another quote on Gary Foreman's The Dollar Stretcher website that I subscribe to. It was a succinct quote about change: "If you don't like where you are, change it. You're not a tree." (By Jim Rohn). Ha! I got a kick out of that one. We DO need to change our mindset if it's facefirst to the ground. We're not trees! Ha! Hope your days is good, Sandie. Sincerely, Susan

Helen said...

... and I say a big amen!

INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

Sandie, I do believe God expects us to make the choice about being positive even in the midst of terrible negativity. We most often don't have a choice of the things that go on around us. But we do have a choice of how we respond to it. Knowing God is in control of all things and He cares for us, we can stay positive. The Bible says not to overcome evil with evil, but to overcome evil with good. So let's overcome negativity with positivity. Good blog.

ClassyChassy said...

Hmmmmm......!

That corgi :) said...

interesting thoughts to think about today, Sandie. I think God wants us to trust and be content in him and not to worry or be anxious. but yet he does catch and store all of our tears, so he does expect us to cry and not always be positive. for the most part I do try to have somewhat of a positive attitude about most things in my life (boy is that vague or what?)

enjoy the weekend :)

betty

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sandie, this is one of my favorite topics of thought, discussion or practice! I believe that we are to learn to discipline our minds to focus on a more postitive, grateful attitude just like you are talking about... the trick for me is the toxic drains! LOL! At this old age, my favorite thing is just to avoid them (though not always possible). =)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

sometimes we need a change of scenry to get away from toxic people.
it is up to us
xoxoxo
tweedles

ocmist said...

I believe that worry is the opposite of faith and therefore hinders God's work in our life instead of allowing Him to work for/with us. He wants us to have faith and trust that He really DOES love us and is working in our best interests no matter what we are seeing right now. At least that's the way I believe. I think it's just about what you said, and

I know what you mean about "toxic" people because there are so many of them around. This so exactly describes something two of my friends just wrote to ask me to pray about in their lives.

I recently saw Olivia Hussey in a movie on TBN where she played Mary, the mother of Jesus. I also remember her as Juliet. I didn't know that she was married to Dino.

debbie said...

HELLO SANDIE,
INTERESTING TOPIC....I HAVE FOUND THAT EVEN WHEN AMY HAD ONLY BEEN IN HEAVEN 2 MONTHS PEOPLE FOUND US TOXIC....WE WEREN'T TOXIC BUT PEOPLE DON'T WANT, THEY CAN'T, WHATEVER THE REASON, BE AROUND FOR SAD PEOPLE AND IN THAT CASE I FEEL SORRY FOR THEM. EVEN JESUS HAD COMPASSION ON THE PEOPLE......DO YOU KNOW I HAD 3 PEOPLE WRITE AND TELL ME ALL ABOUT THEIR VACATION AND 2 ABOUT THEIR NEW FURNITURE AND "NEVER" ONCE MENTIONED AMY'S DEATH AND HOW SORRY THEY WERE...VERY ODD
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF TOXIC
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Another thoughtful post Sandie...you give us info, and make us think. Always enjoy the bios that you do as well!