March is National Optimism Month

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty”.    ~ Winston Churchill

Did you know that the month of March is National Optimism Month?

What a great way to celebrate “Bea–ing Positive” all month long!  And two more reasons to be optimistic in March:

  • Daylight Savings Begins 3/11
  • Spring Begins 3/20


Think Positive




Leap Day 2012 Resolutions!

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.”  ~Winston Churchill

2012 is not a common year; it is a Leap Year.  February 29, or Leap Day, is added as a corrective measure (Wikipedia).  Because the earth orbits the sun ~365.25 days a year, every four years we get an additional day to “correct the drift” between the calendar and seasonal years!

Rather than let this Leap Day be just another common day, I have decided to make it extraordinary with these “Leap Day Resolutions”.  I hope you will enjoy these variations on “leaping” and correct any drift you are having with your attitude! 

  • RISE above mediocrity
  • INCREASE your thankfulness
  • SPRING forward because life doesn’t have a reverse-gear
  • JUMP OVER your barriers
  • DIVE into a glass half-full instead of a glass half-empty
  • LEAP at your opportunities

Remember to “Bea Positive”!

Thank Goodness, a Day is only 24 hours!

Do you know what is best about a day?  It’s only 24 hours long!  No matter how devastating, overwhelming and physically exhausting the day is, it only lasts 24 hours.  After 24 hours, you get a fresh start with a brand, new day!  And if you keep humor in your life, it will help “cleanse and cool the earth and you”.

Humor and laughter lightens your burdens, inspires hope, keeps you grounded, and gives you a boost of energy!  Take one of your past stressful days and relive it from a different point of view like one of mine below!  I hope you will keep smiling, laughing and BEA—ing POSITIVE!

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.
Langston Hughes

 We had a great plan to make a same-day trip to Miami for my meeting:

  • allotted 6 hours for a 4.5 hour trip
  • my meeting was at 1:00 p.m., so we would miss rush-hour traffic
  • the weather was perfect for driving

and we all know what happens to the “best laid plans”. . .

At 7:00 a.m., we grab the “to-go” coffee cups and headed south on I-75.  After one stop for gas and “to go” breakfast, we arrive in downtown Miami at 12:00 p.m.  Once on North East 2nd Avenue, we pulled into a parking lot. It was a beautiful day in Miami: sunny, 95 degrees and 95% humidity!  What follows is our 40 minute walking “journey” from the parking lot to the office that should have taken 11 minutes. 

We found out that you don’t walk south on North East 2nd Avenue to get to South East 2nd Street.  After 4 blocks, we reached U.S. 1 —  the only road between us and the ocean.  Three passers-by later, we found a nice lady who spoke English and pointed us in the right direction:  west and another 6 blocks.

Once on SE 2nd Street, we found a businessman taking a cigarette break.  Thankfully, he spoke English, but he had no idea that he was standing on SE 2nd Avenue.  Looking around, we saw a policeman in the next block of SE 2nd Street, so we walked over to ask him for directions.  With a big smile, he knew exactly where the building was: “it’s right across the street next to the Verizon store”.  Great – across the street and it’s only 12:30 p.m.!

We crossed the street and entered the building next to the Verizon store.  To save precious minutes, we asked the security guard for directions to the suite.  Another smiling face, and he said, “oh, you need to go up the street to the tower . . . you know, the one that lights up at night”.  Of course, we had no idea which building “lights up at night” but there was no mistaking the “tower” about 6 blocks away.  Mild panic sets in, and we started jogging.

Six blocks later, we enter the “tower”, and it’s 12:40 p.m.  A couple of security guards later and two different sets of elevators, we arrive on the 21st floor.  As the elevator door opens, we see a welcome sight – the restrooms – locked restrooms!  Thankfully, the office suite was just around the corner and both keys were available.  I spent the next 10 minutes in the women’s restroom salvaging the make-up that hadn’t sweated down my cheeks, toweling off my arms to cool down, and trying to keep my last nerve intact.  I had 10 more minutes to cool down physically and mentally as I waited for 1:00 p.m. 

My meeting was successful and lasted exactly 61 minutes. I took the 2 sets of elevators back to the 1st floor lobby where my husband had been waiting. While he waited for me, he checked Google Maps and found a more direct walking route back to the car.  You guessed it!  It took us 11 minutes to get to the car in the parking lot. 

At 7:00 p.m., we arrived back home safely, absolutely frazzled and stressed to the “max”.  Is this day ever going to end?

A new day begins; we are rested, sane and relive the day before.  Like a welcome summer rain, our sense of humor helped us relive the previous day’s events with a good belly laugh!

  • you have to go west on NE 2nd Avenue to get to SE 2nd Avenue
  • an 11 minute walk from the parking lot to the office building took us 40 minutes
  • during that 40 minutes we confirm that English is a 2nd language in Miami
  • people who live there have no idea where they are – even policemen
  • do you really need to put locks on the restroom doors on the 21st floor of the “tower”? 
  • walking in 95 degrees/95% humidity for more than 11 minutes will guarantee to make you sweat and crumple and wilt the best pressed shirt
  • I can only imagine what I looked like toweling off in the women’s restroom
  • All of this for a 61 minute meeting!

Remembering Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. “
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln came from a very humble beginning to become the 16th President of the United States.  He was born on February 12, 1809, 203 years ago.  During his presidency, he led the Union in the Civil War, abolished slavery and sought to reunite the divided nation.  President Lincoln was dedicated to the principles of nationalism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy.

Mr. Lincoln has been consistently ranked by scholars and the public as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents.  

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President from 1861 – 1865 (Wikipedia facts)

  • Lincoln was most self-educated and a lawyer by profession.
  • He opposed the expansion of slavery in the U.S. which secured him the Republican nomination and presidency in 1860.
  • In March 1861, seven southern states declared their secession and formed the Confederacy
  • In 1863, Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation and promoted the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery.
  • His Gettysburg Address in 1863, one of the most quoted speeches in America, was a statement of America’s dedication to the principles of freedom, equality and democracy.
  • He was the first president to be assassinated.  It happened six days after the surrender of the Confederate army.

I thought it fitting to end with this quote.  Like me, I hope you find that Abraham Lincoln did strive to be worthy of our recognition.

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln

  • Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a national holiday.  In 1971, President’s Day was declared a national holiday which combined both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays.
  • The only U.S. president to appear on a U.S. Airmail stamp.
  • U.S. currency includes the $5.00 bill and the Lincoln penny, which represents the first regularly circulating U.S. coin to feature an actual person’s image.

Positive Passion

“Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act. ”
Claud-Adrian Helvetius

Isn’t it ironic that the word Passion comes from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) which means “to suffer”?  Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something including the emotional extremes of love and hate (Wikipedia).   One neuroscientist noted that while ‘emotions can cause havoc on reasoning, the absence of emotion and feeling is no less damaging’. 

Scientists have studied and shown that your brain is “very happy” when focused on things that generate positive emotions.  Your brain releases all kinds of stress-relieving hormones which positively affect your body and mind.  It should come as no surprise that the opposite of passion or “absence of emotion and feeling” includes unresponsiveness, apathy, insignificance and disinterest. 

In “The Passion Test”, two neuroscientists say that the more you focus on what you truly love and desire, the volume gets turned down on the destructive emotions and helps you think more clearly.  (“The Passion Test” by Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood)  So, it is important to keep our brains literally “packed” with positive thoughts.  I know when I’m focused on my positive passions and doing what I truly enjoy, I am energized and want to keep moving forward.

How about you?  How are you keeping your brain “packed” with passion?

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