Friday, December 30, 2011

Begin the New Year on a Positive Note (With Random Chicken Photos)~

Hello, dear friends!

We hope that you had a very happy Christmas, and that you have created wonderful memories to treasure for years to come. We're still gathering all the Christmas cards and paper bits that tell the story of this Christmas, and pasting them into a scrapbook, along with things we did and said, and learned.

We have been lately reading several books on the power of words and thinking to affect our lives for good or bad, and would like to issue a challenge for you. Let's do it as a group "New Year's Resolution," and make the world a better place!

You see, our bodies and minds "believe" the words we say, and respond with something akin to those words in a physical or emotional way. Beyond our own bodies, are those of all those with whom we interact each day.

There are so many phrases that are commonly used which do not serve our highest good, so let's start to cut them out and see what difference it makes for us (Believe me, this is a much easier exercise if you have children who can catch you when you forget!)

We're going to replace any negative words that we may have used in the past that do not serve us anymore, such as:

"I hate. . . "

"What a pain!"

"I can't stand. . ."

"I'm so sick and tired. . . "

"I can't wait. . ."

"Over my dead body (ouch)!"

Let's be especially careful when beginning a phrase with "I am," as this is summoning creation in our lives (e.g. "I'm sick", "I'm poor", "I'm so dumb", "I'm hopeless", etc.).

Not only do we speak these words, but we constantly have a dialog with ourselves running through our mind. This is where what I call "The Opposite Game" comes in especially handy, replacing thoughts like "I don't know what I'm going to do" with "I know exactly what I'm going to do!" It truly takes a lot of reminders and written notes (at least for me) to remember to do this, but I've been doing it for about six months now, and I have seen a great difference in how I feel about myself and my life situation. I still have moments when I flounder, but they are less frequent than they used to be.

So here's to a happy, positive New Year's, my friends! Let's do it both for ourselves and for those around us.




"Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."  

~James Allen


  1. Such a wise post, Marqueta! Been thinking about this a lot lately because of a recent package that arrived recently.

  2. Let our no's be NO and our yes be YES. No in between, no exaggeration, nothing but TRUTH!

    Have a happy new year my friend! :)


  3. Wonderful post! I believe that our thoughts create our reality. I'm with you on the notes and reminders's a good way to break poor habits!
    Happy New Year!

  4. I like this post very much. I take up the challenge! I have found the power of words affect my mood and those around me. I assault myself with such negativity even when I'm speaking "off the cuff" as they say. Here's to a wonder filled and adventurous 2012.

  5. How very wise you are! And, yes, it is a great way to begin the New Year. I will join you!

    I have been in bed, not even knitting!, this week with the flu. I will get your box to you on Tuesday! Can't wait to see what you think! :)

  6. I'm learning much about this very topic just recently- there is power in positive words ... positive towards others, but also the harder end of the stick is making sure that I use positive towards and about myself.
    *love the chickens*

    Wonderful post!
    Happy New Year :o)

  7. Bravo! I couldn't agree with you more.
    Since we will all give account of the words we speak there's no time like the present to be more positive in our speech.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Mrs. J.

  8. There is definitely power in positive thinking and in the words we use. You really can make things happen, one way or the other, depending on what you speak. Good post!

  9. Dear Marqueta, I love this idea! I shall try my very best to say positive things and to reverse the things that are negatively spoken. May there not be too many of those! Do you know I almost caught myself saying "I know there will be many," but isn't that exactly what you are talking about! I hope you and your dear husband and dear little ones have the best year ever! Who knows what good is ahead for us all! Love you, Lynn

  10. Happy New Year, Marqueta. A good idea about the positive talk. I'll try it!

  11. Happy New Year to you and your family! You always seem to come up with just what I'm needing to hear! Thank you!

  12. By the way, I love the chickens, and just had to come back to take a gander at them! :D


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