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Margaret Barry Settlement House
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Category Archives: Positive Thinking
How is your March going so far
I don’t know about you, but I am feeling reflective and a bit introspective. There is so much going on in the world that it is easy to miss the little joys around me unless I take time to notice … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged happiness, Journey, Joy, Life, perennial optimist 1 Comment
Not just a chore: a chance for gratitude
I hope your Thursday goes well. What is on your mind and heart today?Are you filled with wonder at God’s creation? When I hear the birds singing in the trees in my yard and see the sunny sky, I try … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, God, Nature, optimism, Positive Thinking Tagged cascade of thankfulness, chore, gratitude 1 Comment
Time is the coin of your life
“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” ~Carl Sandburg~ I tell this … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking, time management Tagged family, how to spend time, Joy, Life, time managemnt Leave a comment
God Can Heal A Broken Heart, but He has to have all the pieces.
There are times in my life when it has felt like my heart did most definitely break. I know that is true for every single one of us. It can be hard to work through heartache and heartbreak. It takes … Continue reading
Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush
Here is an article that I came across today. I hope it brightens your day. So many times I have reminded myself and others that each day is a gift, and there is a bright side to our situations. Sometimes … Continue reading
Posted in optimism, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, God, inspiration, Life, Optimism, prayer 1 Comment
Is that all there is?
My husband is hearing Peggy Lee singing “Is that all there is?” in his head. Work is stressful for him, and the long, long hours are difficult. For me and my tutoring, the school year is already underway. The summer … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Family Life and Issues, God, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, God, Life, Optimism 8 Comments
My day is now: yup it’s my birthday
Today I entered a brand new decade. I turned 60. Yep. Just like that, I left my 50s. This past decade was a time of questioning the meaning of my life and the paths I walked. There were so many changes. … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Family Life and Issues, Friendship, God, Positive Thinking Tagged birthday, Faith, family, Friendship, God, Life, memories 25 Comments
Are you wallowing today?
The thing is, at times we draw our meaning from our role(s) in life and from our associations. What do I mean by our associations? For example, from our immediate family we have ongoing connections. From our extended family we … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Family Life and Issues, Friendship, God, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, Friendship, God, hurt feelings, rejection 4 Comments
Let it shine
Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, God, Positive Thinking, Scripture Tagged compassion, Faith, God, Godspell, inspiration, Joy, Life, Optimism, This little light of mine 7 Comments
Have you had a stressful week?
Is your list of things to do longer than your day on a regular basis? I have to say that in my family, that has been the case for a number of weeks. But this week, that abated. Some of … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking, stress Tagged cast your burdens on God, Faith, God, stress, things to do, worries 10 Comments
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes
William James wrote “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does“. I typically use a lot of words when I speak and when I write. I am much more Steinbeck than Hemingway. There are times when someone writes … Continue reading
What is the point of our daily lives?
Here we are in January. We are past the rush and thrill of the holidays. My students are early in their second semester efforts. Those who are”on top of things” have already started working on their tasks. Magazines and newspapers … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged de-clutter, Faith, Friendship, God, inspiration, Life, Optimism 8 Comments
Happy New Year! Open the book; turn the page
My very dear friend Pattie shared this photo on New Year’s Eve. She is one amazing and fabulous friend. I do not know what I would do without her. The photo inspired me to write this post. Yes, the pages … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Friendship, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, Friendship, Life, New year 5 Comments
To give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul
Today many of us will be rushing about. I wanted to share a poem with you today. I hope you like it! Youth ~ by Samuel Ullman Youth is not a time of life–it is a state of mind. It … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged Courage, Faith, hope 14 Comments
May today be special in its own way
I am pasting an old post in today. I was re-reading some of my past posts, and thought that this fit for today. I hope that your day is lovely. Remember, whether it is just another day on your list … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged appreciation for your day, Faith 2 Comments
Strength to be courageous
Courageous people have different reasons for their courage. Sometimes a person, a group of people, or an entire nation are thrust into a situation. That situation often calls for a display of courage. Examples of this include: England when Germany … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged Courage, Life, strength 10 Comments
More to be said: My own version of a panel discussion on health care
Do you remember panel discussions? Panel discussions usually involve a bringing together of a cross-section of views about an issue. With all of the hollering and worrying about the health care issue, and the government shut down, I have been … Continue reading
Long-suffering and Scripture
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”. [Galatians 5:22-23]. Rather than stress or be distressed about why the discussions are not as Galatians states I … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking, Scripture Tagged Faith, Scripture 9 Comments
Cast your bread upon the waters
Casting your bread upon the waters. What does that make you think of? If you are in a literal mood, perhaps it makes you think of feeding the ducks with day old bread. Gosh, when you do that, the ducks … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, family, Friendship, inspiration 3 Comments
Having a tough day?
Are you having a tough day or week? Do you feel worn out or care-worn? Ah, put your feet up now, and take a deep breath. Yes, I know that doesn’t fix anything. The difficulties and challenges in your life … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Friendship, Positive Thinking Tagged discouragement, marmoset, stress 4 Comments
Where seldom is heard, a discouraging word
I love living in the southwest. You see, having spent most of my life in other places, it came as a surprise to me that I would love the desert the say that I do. I tend to bloom where … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, Friendship, God, inspiration, Life, Optimism 2 Comments
Is today a day for picking daisies?
My friend Linda is fighting cancer, once again. No, she isn’t just fighting it, she is determined to give it a knock-out, all the time prevailing with joy, laughter, and optimism. She inspires all who know her, with her zest … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Health and exercise, Nature, Positive Thinking Tagged Courage, daisies, daisy, Faith, Friendship, inspiration, Life 10 Comments
Mustard seeds–from tiny to mighty
Some days I say what can I do? I’m just one woman. There are days, let’s face it, when I feel pretty weak. I’m normally pretty confident, but there are times when I feel anything but confident! How can I … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, inspiration, persistence 18 Comments
Where is your Rubicon?
I was watching the movie1776. In it, John Adams sings: “They want to me to quit; they say John, give up the fight…..” later in the same song he sings, with great gusto: For I have crossed the Rubicon Let … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged Courage, crossing the Rubicon, Faith, inspiration 3 Comments
How do you count your blessings?
I am many things. One of those things is a math tutor, and another is a person who offers encouragement. Generally, when we count items, we tend to count them one by one. But if there are a lot of … Continue reading
Posted in faith/courage/miracles/hope, Positive Thinking Tagged blessings, Books, Faith, Friendship, inspiration, library, Life 11 Comments
” Thornton Wilder wrote that “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures”. What indeed does make us conscious of our treasures? I don’t always stop to think about my … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged beautiful, Beauty, Faith, following your path 14 Comments
A Thing Created Is Loved
““The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” ― Charles Dickens In our lives we construct and … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, inspiration, Life 8 Comments
Here is a way to gain perspective!
How can I gain perspective? Yes, of course I can de-clutter, organize my time, write, blog, and exercise. I can focus on what is important and let the rest go. We all know that. What are other ways to gain … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged de-clutter, Faith, inspiration, Optimism 4 Comments
When Life Is Difficult
I have been pondering the shifting sands of life lately. I have given a lot of thought to new directions and paths. I have come to realize, no I have come to remember something important about myself. Perhaps it is … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged de-clutter, Friendship, Life, stress 10 Comments
Tell Me: Would Shakespeare Agree?
Here we are, just a third of the way through January. It is even chilly in Phoenix! But, you know what? We are already through the shortest day here in the northern hemisphere. I am feeling renewed, and my students … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged Life, weather, winter doldrums 8 Comments
Only He Can See : Epiphany
Boy it is hard to believe that sometimes, isn’t it? I don’t know if you know about Corrie Ten Boom. She survived a concentration camp as a young girl. so for her to say that is quite significant. For her … Continue reading
Posted in Positive Thinking Tagged Faith, inspiration, Life 21 Comments