When I publish my own work or thoughts, I always write a looooooooong column-like post and I decided to move all of that to the comments now. I want you to write down in the comments one positive thing that happened to you recently. Times are rough for everyone because of…2020.
Let’s do this now. My positive event recently:
I read Gloria Steinem’s book Revolution from Within and this book really made me question a lot about my life and decisions I have made. It actually gave me the courage I need to start making some big changes.
Now, I want that comment section burning! Let me know what positive thing happened to you recently and let’s spread good vibes 🙂
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been so frustrated on this path and wanted to throw in the towel. Sometimes I just can’t stand the constant up-hill battle I have to face in order to meet even the smallest goals. There are days I just want to give up and try something else. There are days I wish things were as easy as the false teachers claim, but I already learned the hard way that following their popularized image will get me nowhere. It’s difficult being strong when it looks as if you’re not making any progress and there are so many things close to your heart that you want to contribute to. It can hurt your self-esteem, too.
Still, the frustration passes. After a while, you remember you’re not the first person or the last to go through these trials. Your spirit team know what you’re going through. And if you have a mentor and extended family like mine, you also have physical people you can share your troubles with. It’s good to know you’re not alone – whether you’re a student, a single parent, suffering from depression, or recovering from addictions or abuse, you are seen and felt and loved. Sure your path may be hard, but that proves it’s worth following. You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last; but you can be a guiding light to those who come after you.
Bio: Ena Whiteraven (a.k.a. Henry) is an aspiring novelist and poet who uses elements of mystery and fantasy to inspire readers to seek truth and embrace their creativity in an encreasingly dark world. Her writings have appeared at The Poetry Bar, The Positivity Press, and the famed Spiritually Awkward Magazine . She is currently in search of publishers and fellow writers who share her vision.
We are wrapping this year up with gratitude as we did last year. I gave you a few days to tell me what you are grateful for in 2019 and we have a pretty collection of pretty comments which you can read.
In order to say goodbye to 2019 on my blog, I just want to tell you all that the support I received in all of my projects and my blog in general this year has been absolutely amazing. I love the way you have made this a safe community for everyone to speak up and share their work here. You all show so much love in the comments to other fellow bloggers and writers that I am more and more grateful with each day for The Poetry Bar and for finally putting my heart and soul into this blog.
To be quite honest, all of you have been great friends to me in a year when my life was flipped upside down when it comes to my job, career, mental health, friendships and relationships. I often would feel alone when I was going through a hard time but that feeling became significantly smaller when I decided to share my thoughts, poetry and everyday life with you here.
For 2020 I want this community to grow and I want you to always be strong, even when you face hard times, to always stay positive and find light in everything. To all my fellow writers, I hope you all get book deals and remain being creative and wonderful artists. As for 2019, I can say I will remember it for slapping me in the face and making me stronger, wiser, more determined to succeed and it taught me that I can do more and that I am more that I think. I still have a long way before I embrace myself and everything I am capable off but 2019 surely made me face my fears and made me a better person.
Okay, I am done now. Here is what you all have been grateful for:
With coffee in hand, here goes…
I have much to be grateful for in 2019: a fulfilling career, a roof over my head, a warm bed, food on the table, good health, wonderful family, great friends, and someone special who has recently come into my life. I am also grateful that I get to give back to my community on a daily basis by helping those struggling to get by. I am grateful for this writing community where I get to share words with other creative types.
For 2020, I want to continue on this positive, forward moving path. I hope to be able to give more while continuing to make more great memories with those I love and connect with. Wishing you a wonderful end to this year and a beautiful year ahead! https://surrealisticdreams.home.blog/
Grateful…hum always so hard when you live with anxiety and depression. But I’m grateful for the necessities. Both my wife and I are employed, we have an apartment and a wonderful cat. Despite the loss in key family and some illness in hers, family is still important. She’s still crafty and I’m still artsy. Goals for 2020: Find more fulfilling employment, continue on my weightless journey, go to that nudist resort on my 50th even if I haven reached my weightless goal, pay off credit cards, call friends more often and change my blog up a bit. https://aprolificpotpourri.wordpress.com/
I am grateful for my loving wife and family, health, a roof over my head, enough food to eat, retirement and the freedom it brings to travel in my own city, country and outside my country.
I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but, this year I hope to make some progress in volunteering, reading, playing my mandolin and spending time with family and friends.
Here is my blog link https://blographytoo.photo.blog/
I am grateful for the WordPress community in 2019 who supported me, enriched my life.
My goal for 2020 is to be with my love ones doing the most mundane and yet most extraordinary life together. http://flickerofthoughts.com/
One of the things I am grateful for are people like you : wonderful , kind, hard working , with dreams and with a drive to make them happen . https://andradal.wordpress.com/
I am so very grateful for my wife who grew up in the same story as yours. Thank you for having the strength and the writing skills to help lead others out of the darkness. https://mewe.com/i/garyedwards11
I finally got a job this year after a lot of struggle. It makes me independent, now I don’t have to remain dependent on others for money which is a very important thing in life as we need money for almost everything. I am grateful for all that I have.
Here is my blog https://believestrong.wordpress.com
Family, friends and time spent with them is a the top of the list. Also, strolls in the sand at the beach.
A well made taco is uber-important!
After taking off a year from uploading photographs to my print site…I will start again with regularity. http://photographicimpressionistic.wordpress.com/
I was encountered with the statement above many times. I was impressed with the amount of positive impact it has on me every time I read it, the reason that pushed me to add it to my wall-notes. Putting it in my room makes it in front of me each time I walk in my room, because of this; I decided to write this text about it. This statement contains a variety of meanings that swims under one big concept which is POSITIVITY. Whatever the circumstances are, we must be full of life and hope. we must make the best of our hard times. We have to change our vision of our problems and make good opportunities of them, through which we can learn more and get stronger. And we must make the present situation look great. A suitable matching example for this statement is the sample of flowers that are still blooming and growing rather than the hard atmosphere they are planted in.
Hope is that power that blooms within us every time we fail and we lose something or someone. Live your life; don’t put it off for tomorrow, don’t delay your tasks to the future that perhaps would never come because unintentionally you are losing your time and ruining your life in the same while. Create something, build a goal and classify this goal into steps. Work on those steps, work hard and show to others and to yourself that you are capable. For sure you have a very unique side that people praised you for, enhance it and bloom through it. You are a wonderful creation, bloom where you are planted! =)
I am 28 years old. I am a Teacher, an amateur writer, painter, a humble cook, photographer,fashion designer and dress maker in the same time, languages learner, I love reading, green tea and books, kids, sea, sunsets, plantes, decoration and everything that requires a great sense of beauty. 🙂 Let’s support each other, read what i share and Don’t forget to react to it 🙂 Be positive, be you!
Yesterday, while I was at work, my boyfriend texted me that we didn’t have any power! And then, when I got home, the mower wouldn’t start. Bad connects, he thinks. Anyway, I called the power company to let them know we didn’t have any power. They told me that the power would be on by 4pm! It was only about 130!! It was nearly 90 degrees out! (We don’t have ac – only fans, including but not limited to ceiling fans.) Couldn’t even take a shower to rinse all the sweat off!
I could’ve let that ruin my day, but I didn’t. I worked on my laptop, editing some photos (no power=no wifi). As long as the battery had some charge in it, I could use it! When I was done with that, I did some reading.
I mean, I could’ve let those two things ruin my day, but I didn’t. There is always something to be thankful for…we’ve got a roof over our heads, food in the pantry and the bills are paid. All the other stuff is minor.
My boyfriend, on the other hand, is another story!
Let me tell you a little story that happened this week to me. It was Thursday. I worked my morning shift and after work I went to grab some food and a beer with my friend from work. We spent a few hours together, talking, everything was great. I went on a tram and after a few stops I felt dizzy. It wasn’t pain. It was like I couldn’t actually feel my body. I just felt weak at the knees. I started walking slowly to the exit even thought I wasn’t near my friend’s apartment. I just had to get the fuck out of there because I couldn’t breathe. My body was just going numb and my face, legs and arms were tingling.
When I got off at a station, I saw a bit of space on the bench and I sat down. There was like 4 older women to my right and one to my left. I was just getting worse. I have problems with my thyroid and I knew it was one of those damn attacks I have because of it. I was clearly, obviously struggling to even breathe and no one asked me if I was okay. There was a bunch of people around me and no one noticed or even cared that there was someone sitting beside them suffocating.
I had to take off my jacket but since I was running out of air and my hands were numb I just couldn’t. The one that was sitting next to me turned her head and saw me struggling to take my jacket off. She asked me if I was feeling alright and helped me take my jacket of. No one but her even noticed me.
She was older and didn’t really know how to use a phone but she asked me if I want her to help me get someone to pick me up or even get an ambulance to take me to the hospital. My friend wasn’t answering me. I knew that within 10 minutes everything would stop but I felt like I was going to die.
The woman just sat there with me until I felt better. That’s all. This little act of kindness where she just sat next to me helped me get through my health problem. This is all it takes. Not a grand gesture, just this little act of kindness which made it easier for me to get through. I can’t even describe how grateful I was this woman was there and I think we can all learn something from her example.
I’ve only spent about a year in the colony I’m currently living in and I usually greet and meet people that I know personally or through my family. Apart from that, I didn’t usually greet anyone I passed by.
I used to walk alone everyday in my colony in the evening and I didn’t communicate with anyone I passed by with. They weren’t interested in me and I wasn’t keen in annoying their daily routine. I like greeting everyone but when I see that the person I greet didn’t acknowledge me, I feel so embarrassed and weird as if it’s my fault or I should’ve spoken louder. So in a way, I was quite isolated from a large percentage of my colony.
However, when I got a dog and I’d take her out for a walk everyday, so many people noticed and acknowledged me (actually my dog). Children would jump around us excitedly, nervously call my dog and then run away when my dog responded, children and adults nervously tried to pet the dog, asked her name, what she ate, when I got her, etc. Even if the questions were about my dog, I was the one communicating with them and answering their questions. As days went by, they asked about me and I asked about them. Hence, I got to meet and listen to different kinds of people which I love to do. I love hearing about other people’s lives and their experiences, which I would probably never have experienced if I walked alone since my dog is a people-magnet.
I also started greeting other people like regular walkers, people walking their dogs, guards, etc. I also removed whatever litter I could from the ground, so my connection with people as well as my environment increased.
One day, I passed by an old lady who stopped me to say that my dog has such an adorable face. She called her granddaughter who ran excitedly to pet her. After petting her, she looked at me with a huge smile telling me my dog is so cute. The fact that the old lady was afraid of the dog and yet, didn’t stand far from it and let her granddaughter pet it showed her beautiful personality. Just because she was afraid of being touched by a dog, perhaps due to being told so when she was younger, didn’t mean that she had to make anyone else be afraid of it.
A lot of people aren’t afraid of cats but they are taught or conditioned to be afraid of dogs so every time I walk my dog, many people move aside from it or tell me to move it aside. I get it if they have allergies but otherwise, they are amongst Allah’s beautiful creatures which do not possess a shred of evil in them. I’d rather avoid certain types of people than animals, no matter how vicious and scary they looked, because people in their fear of animals tend to due brutal things to them just because they fear or are disgusted by them. Animals are much more peaceful and sane, and they just run away when they fear someone. Thus, when I observed that old lady admiring my dog, I felt a wave of comfort and peace in my heart from knowing that there are people in this world who try their level best to be kind to animals. It’s an obvious act of kindness and love but whenever I see it, it always looks beautiful.
The next day, yesterday, she invited me to her house and we talked for quite a while and I genuinely had a fun time talking to her, learning about her and her family’s life. There is perhaps no better joy than communicating with lovely, sane people.
So to answer your question, yes. I derived all this when I took my dog out for a walk.
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My name is Andale Seaworne. I’m a regular 20 year old Muslim Pakistani girl navigating through life, sharing knowledge and opinion related to different topics in life from basic moral values with relevance to Islamic teachings to travelling, books, food, personal experiences, observations, interpretations and anything that comes to my mind (in a series of bubbles).
Hi! My name is Holly and I’m the author of Holly’s World. Despite anything negative, I (usually) try to have a good outlook on life! Sometimes it’s hard, but I always find my way back! You can find my posts and pages here: photographybyhcmorris77.com
Bio: Ena Whiteraven is an aspiring writer and poet whose passion was ignited with the help of her mentor and best friend, Alura Cein. Her poetry can be read at her author site, The Whiteraven Net .She’s also a guest writer at Spiritually Awkward Magazine under the name “Ena Henry” and runs an exciting personal blog called Superlative Deviation . She is currently in search of publishers and fellow writers who share her vision.