Tips for Thinking Positively

I found this quoted image quite striking and decided to include it for a little extra motivation. It rings true: “A negative mind will never give you a positive life.

Negative Mind Never Gives Positive Life

So what can you do to become a more positive thinker? Kendra Cherry has a very short take on it titled Think Positive which presents a couple of tips that have withstood the test of time that will get you started.

A few common strategies involve learning how to identify negative thoughts and replacing these thoughts with more positive ones. While it might take some time, eventually you may find that thinking positively starts to come more naturally. Consider putting some of the following tips into practice.

  • Avoid Negative Self-Talk
  • Try Humor
  • Cultivate Optimism
  • Keeping Working On It

For the explanation behind these tips, please read Kendra’s short article which begins…

You have probably heard a thing or two about the benefits of positive thinking. Positive thinkers have better stress coping skills, stronger immunity, and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. While it is not a health panacea, taking an optimistic view rather than ruminating on negative thoughts can benefit your overall mental well-being.

source: Think Positive By Kendra Cherry
image source: thinkpozitive




There IS a Word for That

If you’ve been here and there on the web these past couple of weeks you probably learned a new word, petrichor. It’s number 3 on this recent list of 50 words of common things with unlikely words.

Somehow I actually knew a handful of them, but I couple of new ones are easy favorites…

Grawlix, for instance, is “a series of symbols commonly used in comics or cartoons to represent curse words”.

Grawlix @#$%&

One that will get a fellow in trouble, one way or the other, sooner or later, would be to utter something about “callipygian“… but then, for the single crowd, who knows.

Philtrum I knew. Ditto for Snellen Chart. Bruxism too. It surprised me Tines was on the list.

Crapulence made me laugh! So unless you are an Agelast, you should find my post a good one to share!

That preantepenultimate one I didn’t know (didn’t know Preantepenultimate either). [you need to read the article to understand that comment]

There’s even a word for the action that’s occurring in this photo…


Yes, really, you can pretty much take for granted that there is a word for “that”!

Next step…

learn how to pronounce some of these. Well, that is, if they can even be remembered!

source: Distractify

Is Life Simpler Than We Think?

One thing about doing Thoughts at Midnight is that it has made me realize that it is misnamed. What I have been sharing lately can’t even be called mind musings let alone thoughts at midnight.

And really, in light of this post, it doesn’t much matter. It is what it is for the moment someone sees it. Nothing more, nothing less. WYSIWYG, just like that one thought bubble I use.

Also, this post reminds me somewhat of the earlier “3 Seconds Is All You Have” post. Both focus on the “present moment”.

Here, author David Cain from Raptitude (an aptly named site) has a one-page read titled “Life is WAY simpler than you think”.

It starts:

“It probably doesn’t occur to most people that their lives have only ever happened one moment at time. Being in more than one place at once is obviously impossible, yet most of us have difficulty fully allowing ourselves to be only in the one place where we really are: here.

We often talk about having a dozen things to do at once, when in fact we seldom do more than one thing at once, or need to. Your to-do list only gets done one moment at a time, whether your moment-to-moment experience is a frantic and complex one, or a calm and simple one.

We would do very well to simply look at the present moment, ask ourselves what it requires, then calmly do that. It’s hard to imagine an instance in life where this wouldn’t be the best thing to do. Yet life usually seems so much more complicated than that.”

It goes on to explain that any moment experienced can be broken down into three simple qualities…
and stresses that “we can recognize the apparent ‘craziness’ of our lives…” It apparently helps to simply notice that you’re in a single moment, and reflect briefly in terms of those three real-life components!

Performing what David suggests multiple times a day, as a habit, will end up proving that life is way simpler than you think!

One more thing regarding “simple”… for those who read this far down…

The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
~ Paulo Coelho

The Simple Things



original photo credit (CC BY 2.0) by 55Laney69 on Flickr
adapted for use by Thoughts at Midnight

Allow Yourself

In deciding on a post, sometimes I’ll just type something into a search engine to see what response I get and how it then affects me.

For this one, I tried “allow yourself”.

The results returned were amazingly inspirational!

Allow Yourself...

Here’s a partial list of the main statements from the search results:

  • Allow yourself to be a beginner [no one starts off being excellent]
  • Allow yourself to be brilliant
  • Allow Yourself to rest
  • Allow yourself to receive [the help and love you need]
  • Allow yourself to feel [and the feelings will be less painful]
  • Allow yourself the time needed to heal
  • Allow yourself to be vulnerable
  • Allow yourself to dream
  • Allow yourself to fight
  • Allow yourself to be wrong
  • Allow yourself to love
  • Allow yourself to be happy
  • Allow yourself freedom [to let go of your past]
  • Allow yourself to be human
  • Allow yourself to grieve [and then move on]
  • Allow yourself to shine
  • Allow yourself the gift of self reflection
  • Allow yourself to be yourself
  • Allow yourself to make mistakes
  • Allow yourself to feel good
  • Allow yourself… to be!

Admit it. Not everything will come easily. Allow yourself to be a beginner – no one starts off being excellent…
Embrace the process!

(The first and last ones listed are my favorites. Which ones fit you?)



image source: SparkPeople

You’re Average

I hate to tell you this, but you’re average…


Choose Carefully

To put that more accurately into context for this post…
you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

Or so motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said.

“When it comes to relationships, we are greatly influenced — whether we like it or not — by those closest to us. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem, and our decisions. Of course, everyone is their own person, but research has shown that we’re more affected by our environment than we think.

While it’s ideal to be closely surrounded by positive, supportive people who want you to succeed, it’s also necessary to have your critics.”

Having a doubter or critic in your circle helps sharpen your skills and develops tough skin for the though times we all face.

Your takeaway… choose your friends carefully. Make your being average something extraordinary!



source: Aimee Groth

What You Are Today Is Not Important

I found a quote that I thought good enough to share:

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.

It’s by Og Mandino, an unknown to me, but to over 50 million other people, he’s an inspiration, so I decided to investigate.

That led me to the title of this post, What You Are Today Is Not Important. Which raised the simple question, Why? Followed by the simple answer, Because you can learn how to change your life!

And because you can change your life, what you are today is not important.

Do Not Wait

Og Mandino had a lot to say about success and making life changes, in a unique way.

He relies upon ancient story telling by the greatest salesman in the world who credited his success to following the wisdom written into ten leather scrolls.

It’s all in a book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, which Wikipedia explains

“contains the “time-tested wisdom of the ancients distilled into ten simple scrolls” which, if followed for the prescribed ten months, will as Og says, “seep into my other mind, that mysterious source which never sleeps, which creates my dreams, and often makes me act in ways I do not comprehend. As the words of these scrolls are consumed by my mysterious mind I will begin to awake, each morning, with a vitality I have never known before. My vigor will increase, my enthusiasm will rise, my desire to meet the world will overcome every fear I once knew at sunrise, and I will be happier than I ever believed it possible to be in this world of strife and sorrow.” (Scroll I)

The scrolls each have a principle designed to replace bad habits built up over a lifetime which “threatens to imprison my future” (Scroll I) with good habits developed through a ten month process of studying the scrolls. They are:

Scroll I – Today I begin a new life.
Scroll II – I will greet this day with love in my heart.
Scroll III – I will persist until I succeed.
Scroll IV – I am nature’s greatest miracle.
Scroll V – I will live this day as if it is my last.
Scroll VI – Today I will be master of my emotions.
Scroll VII – I will laugh at the world (Keep perspective)
Scroll VIII – Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold.
Scroll IX – I will act now.
Scroll X – I will pray for guidance.

Mandino’s main philosophical message is that every person on earth is a miracle and should choose to direct their life with confidence and congruent to the laws that govern abundance. He wrote in Scroll I, “I will not fail as the others, for in my hands I now hold the charts (the Ten Scrolls) which will guide me through perilous waters to shores which only yesterday seemed but a dream.” Og was also a proponent of taking action now. In Scroll IX, the phrase I will act now is written 18 times. He recognized that all successful people take on their own lives by “charting” or consciously choosing both the desired destination and the path to reach it.”

Now to me, like it or not, we’re all sales people. We have to sell ourselves every day to someone, in some way, for some reason. It might be convince the person who is interviewing you that you’re the right person for the job. It might be that you need to convince a doctor that what you’re going through really isn’t in your head, or it may be to sell yourself to a dating prospect. The situations are endless.

The point is, if you can change enough to learn to be a great salesperson, plenty of other things in your life will change for the better.

The quote, the Wikipedia write-up, and some reviews convinced me… I’m ordering The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino from Amazon for the secrets it contains. I’m ready to change.

source: Wikipedia
Napolean Hill image Via Sarah Morris McCauley

Don’t Get Wet

Although many people would associate rain with tears and sadness, it holds many different emotions, including romance. A slow walk in the rain for two is a great time to talk intimately about hopes, wishes, and desires.

A Rainy Streetscape by Leonid Afremov

A Rainy Streetscape by Leonid Afremov


It’s a time of closeness, emotionally and physically.

And a nighttime walk in a warm rain is extra special…

I particularly like Roger Miller’s quote:
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
which represents two very different views on life.

In the first, people are enjoying life, in the second, people consider all too many things to be disruptive and inconvenient.

There’re good points to be found in most any situation, even a rainy day (or night)!



source: Photoinstinct

Salt Water

Isak Dinesen said it:

“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.”

From this quote, although each of the three represents quite a cure at appropriate times, the sea presents the most inspirational image.

San Francisco beach with sand art

 Sunset run, Sand art, Ocean Beach, San Francisco

But as you can imagine, it took some sweat to get the sand art done.

And little doubt, that someone, somewhere, shed a tear when they saw the photo and immersed themselves into the scene…

To each of the participants (even the runner), there was a cure involved, however small.

source: my99post blogspot

An Elderly Person Inside You?


Yeah, balderdash! …to 6 of these being signs that these things have anything to do with “the senior years”.

Still, this Lifestyle article does have some validity to it, don’t you think?

Elderly Person Inside

From the article, there are 13 signs you’re an elderly person inside…
each with a very brief explanation on Answers:
1 You Hate Loud Music
2 You Have an Early Bedtime
3 You Have a Bedtime Ritual
4 You Watch Stories on Television

Andy Griffith
5 You Use the Term “Back in the Day”
6 You Relate to Grumpy People
7 Everyone Annoys You
8 You Love Antiquing

You Love Antiquing
9 You Hate Travel
10 Your Diet Choices Are Healthy
11 You Compare Aches and Pains
12 You Need Hot Tea or Coffee
13 You Expect Courtesy

Old Folks Crossing

What’s your take on it? Do you exhibit just a single sign despite your age approaching the century mark? Or do you agree with a handful and you’re still a spring chicken?

(I’m just waiting for someone to add #14 — you say “balderdash”!)


source: Answers

Calvin and Hobbes One Last Time

Hopefully Calvin and Hobbes need no introduction. If they do, then this post won’t mean quite as much to you, and you missed one great comic strip by Bill Watterson. It ran for 10 years and had avid readers, young and old alike…

Just in case you do require an introduction, Wikipedia says this about Calvin and Hobbes:

The daily comic strip follows the humorous antics of Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy, and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. Calvin and Hobbes is set in the contemporary United States in an unspecified suburban area. The strip depicts Calvin’s flights of fantasy and his friendship with Hobbes, and also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates. Hobbes’ dual nature is a defining motif for the strip: To Calvin, Hobbes is a live anthropomorphic tiger; all the other characters see him as an inanimate stuffed toy.

As for this post, Calvin and Hobbes One Last Time, Calvin is totally grown, married, with kids and grandkids… and he is on his deathbed, wanting to talk with Hobbes one last time. They have a good talk just before Calvin passes away. And then Hobbes… well, instead of me spoiling it for you, the entire read is below:

Calvin and Hobbes One Last Time

source: tickld

Calvin and Hobbes on Wikipedia