Be Positive- Just Do It! (How to stay inspired and enjoy life)

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What are the things most important to you in life? Your family, your job, health, money, education, the state of your country, or the world? Is it important for you to be successful, rich, respected, or just to be happy, healthy, and loved, and for your fellow man of all races, colors, or religions to be the same? Just take some time to think about your answer. I hope you come up with one that makes you feel good inside.

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Once You're Round The Bend

by Patience Strong

Something unexpected may be around the bend.

Something to encourage you, a lift, a gift, a friend...

Something that will strengthen you to face the road ahead-

Spurring you along upon the pathway that you tread.

Do not halt or waver. Go forward. Keep straight on.

Even if the reason for confidence is gone-

Just go on believing that things are on the mend.

Life may look quite different, once you're round the bend.

Change

Change is one of the few things you can be sure of in life. You can always count on change. It sounds a bit weird, but you could almost call it a 'constant', because it's happening all the time even when you don't realize it.

Trouble and strife will come your way, whether it be your fault or not. We can't avoid that, and it's often unexpected. But it will also leave, sometimes just as suddenly and inexplicably. Sometimes it won't leave without a fight, kicking and screaming at you. But GO IT WILL, eventually.

Life isn't just a peaceful journey- it's more like a roller coaster! The tossing and turning as it swerves around obstacles and sharp corners, and then fast acceleration uphill towards the bright sunny sky, are all part of it. The trick is not to panic and jump out before it's time. Scream from time to time if you need to, but try not to throw up.

Just remember that trying to control everything just makes it worse. Look around you at the other passengers. Only half the faces screaming are doing it out of terror. the others are enjoying the journey and having fun. Try to be part of that second group as often as you can.

Hold on tight going down. ....and when going up......laugh loudly at the top of your lungs, with your arms waving in the air. Just do it!

Human Service (Our Challenge)

"To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind, - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.

The more we think of it, the more attractive and desirable it becomes.To do some work that is needed, and to do it thoroughly well; to make our toil count for something in adding to the sum total of what is actually profitable for humanity; to make two blades of grass grow where one grew before, or, better still, to make one wholesome idea take root in a mind that was bare and fallow; to make our example count for something on the side of honesty, and cheerfulness, and courage, and good faith, and love, - this is an aim for life which is very wide, as wide as the world, and yet very definite, as clear as light."

Henry Van Dyke.

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Poem of the Day

"To: All the poets of g exlib

With my second pick for Poem of the Day for Sunday 6/29

Please all congratulate +John Hansen and his marvelous work-

Life Through A Window (a poem)"

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Life Through A Window (a poem)

by John Hansen © 2014


The patient lay in his hospital bed,

his condition was looking quite grim.

A visitor came a calling one day

and put this question to him.


"Isn't it dull to be confined

lying here day after day,

nothing to do and nothing to see,

for a remedy soon you must pray?"


"I have all that I need," the patient replied,

"I have books, and a window by me."

"A window you say?" the visitor laughed,

"That's fine if there's something to see."


"Oh there is," said the patient,

a thought crossed his mind,

"Just this morn,

I saw something divine."


His visitor stood at the window and stared

at the grey Winter sky and the white empty street.

Rows of duplicate houses,

so boring and neat.


"Perhaps you won't think it

as lovely as I,"

said the patient softly,

a tear in his eye.


"But I saw two young lovers,

so happy and glowing,

despite all the snow

and the cold east wind blowing."


"They seemed to forget

that the weather was sleeting.

So much in love,

At the joy of their meeting."


"Then I saw them stop kissing

and both look around,

as though they were startled

by an action or sound."


"What stirred them?" asked the visitor,

"To know this, I must."

The patient just smiled,

"A bird pecking a crust."


Please watch the video below each morning if you can. The words and music will help you go through your day with a positive attitude.

A True Test Of Character and Spirit

Whether we are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, or atheist/agnostic or of any other persuasion I think I can safely state that we all believe 'Jesus' existed as a person, am I right? So this short story is not about religion or The Bible (even though it contains such references), it is about character and how we treat things around us (even the unpleasant),so read on.

Teeth Like Pearls


This is a story told by the Muslim poet Nizami, and no story outside of the Bible shows a more sensitive appreciation of the all encompassing spirit and character of Jesus.

Lying in the gutter of a marketplace in some Eastern town was the body of a dead dog. The passers by looked at it in disgust, and many crossed to the other side of the street.

"How loathsome!" said one, turning his head away in disgust.

"Poo! How it stinks!" said another, holding his nose as he passed.

"Look at the protruting ribs and bones!" said a third, frowning.

"There isn't even enough skin left on the carcass to make a shoestring!" said a fourth.

"No wonder it came to a bad end, look how mangy he is!" said a fifth.

Out of the crowd, a gentle voice broke in on the chorus of displeasure, " Pearls are not equal to the whiteness of it's teeth." And people drew away from the stranger who had uttered this remark, whispering to one another, "Surely that must be Jesus, for who else would say a good word about a dead dog?"

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When Sorrow Walked With Me

by Robert Hamilton

I walked a mile with Pleasure.

She chatted all the way,

But left me none the wiser

For all she had to say.


I walked a mile with Sorrow,

And ne'er a word said she;

But, oh, the things I learned from her

When Sorrow walked with me!

Do you try to see the positive in all situations?

  • I try, but don't always succeed.
  • No, if things don't work out. I don't dwell on it. Just do something else that makes me happy.
  • Yes, everything is a learning experience.
  • No, sometimes everything goes wrong for no reason. I give up.
  • Of course. It may not seem right at the time, but is probably good in the long term.
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sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

accepting things as they are helps us as u hint jo


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you sujaya. That's correct.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great message and I love the poems you have shared!

Up and more and sharing.

Have a blessed day,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Faith, the vote up and shares. Great day to you too.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, I saw your question about the spam comments. I actually asked a question one time and the answers I got were that sometimes those long-time, well established hubbers we know and follow and who follow us, a message will pop up from HP asking if they are spam when that hubber has been making a lot of comments in catching up in a short period of time, so the HP bots will think they are spammers. They said to just click "Not Spam" and then it will pop up to "Approve" or "Deny" the comments when you know the hubber and the hubber has been following you, etc. Ever since then, that is what I have been doing on my followers when it asks me if their comment is spam, and I just click "Not Spam" and approve.

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Faith, that's what I have been doing, so it should be ok now. i thought it may have been the problem Frank was having because he's had a couple of people accuse him of deleting their comments now.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, good and ,yes, I know.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful and delightful thank you Jodah


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Acceptance, and appreciation for the little things. We have so much.

EWF


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Six years ago I changed my approach to life...acceptance and happiness are my constant companions now. Well done, John!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, your poem has the stuff classics are made of. Brilliant both in theme and presentation. Thank you for sharing.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

What a wonderful and great message ! Yes, when amidst darkness and light keeps eluding us, we should bring forth the light in us and shine our life all bright. John, you carved out a real gem !


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

We sure do Eric, but most people always strive for more instead of being happy with what they have.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are in a great place right now Bill. Well done, and thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Really MsDora you really think so? Thank you so much for your kind words and continued encouragement.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Harishprasad. You are so right we need to let our light shine brightly. Glad you enjoyed the message in this hub. Have a great day.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Being positive is such a good message.


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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Great hub! Your quote about how trying to control things makes things worse is so true snd something of which I've been trying to remind myself. Thank you for posting!


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kidscrafts 2 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

I agree with you that trying to control everything just makes it worse. If we go with the flow, it's way easier to face problems in life.

We have to be like a palm tree in the wind (moderate wind... not a hurricane). The palm tree will be swaying in the wind; if we want to be in control we will be like a glass that doesn't sway and it will brake us.

Lovely poem! I love your visual with the flowers and the quote!

Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting!

Have a great day, John!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

words and poetry to live by, what a positive outlook.. a great message via Hub.. voted USEFUL!!!!!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Just do it! Love your attitude and the poetry was beautiful. Thank you..


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@ ologsinquito

@Bk4author

@kidscrafts(Joelle)

@Frank

@always exploring

Thank you all for reading this hub and for your delightful comments. I appreciate each and every one of them. I hope this hub acts as a good reminder to everyone how to live their life for the best. Have a great day/night depending where you are.


Jane Arden 2 years ago

YES. I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. I also loved visualizing the patient in the hospital bed seeing the positive of the day rather than the grey day. Life is hard and we do have our ups and downs, but it is also fleeting so we need to cherish those moments of peace and see the good we have. Our families - our loved ones. I do have a deep faith in God, he helps me to keep my joy. I love reading your hubs John.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jane, everything you say is so true. I love having you read my hubs, and comments like that touch me.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Jesus! yes, and that is true

"...for who else would say a good word about a dead dog?"

in him rest our hope, salvation and future...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your wonderful comment ubanichijioke. Yes Jesus certainly is.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Be Positive- Just Do It! This is how I see my life in a foreign place positive and always love what I do thank you for a thoughtful hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading DDE, keep positive always.


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Monis Mas 2 years ago

Very interesting and awesome. I noticed one photo is from that new TV show "Star Crossed" - I can't wait to start watching it :-)


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub Jodah and voted up for sure. Here's to wishing you a wonderful day ahead.

Eddy.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@Monis Mas, thank you for reading this. Glad you enjoyed and hope you like that show too.

@Eddy, great to see you as always. Thanks and Hugs.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Uplifting and inspiring! Thank you I needed this. Jamie


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This is an uplifting, motivating poem. You never know what fantastic things lie in your future. Earlier this week, a cousin of mine committed suicide in a dreadful manner. I sure wish he had stuck around to understand things do get better around the bend.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an interesting and inspirational hub, Jodah. You've shared some important ideas. The different elements in the hub fit together very well, too. I love all the poems and the quotations.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

This is a very motivating and inspirational hub Johah. You are such a good writer.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

You explain so much in your hub. To live and let live comes to mind.I am always trying to bring out the positive in all situations. The experience is what life is all about.


Beth37 2 years ago

Totally agree with you Jodah. Being positive changes everything. I love the affirmations at the beginning.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jamie, I am glad this hub was some help to you with your present situation.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind words Flourish. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin, if only he had the attitude that everything would eventually get better.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub Alicia and that everything worked together to get the message across.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

thank you so much Nadine. That means a lot coming from you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is so true Dream On. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You have to look for the positives in every situation Beth. At worst it can be treated as a learning experience. Thanks for reading and your kind comment


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Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful hub. I liked your "Life Through A Window" poem very much - you do have a great gift in poetry, especially when it comes to keeping the reading hanging on to find out the words of wisdom at the end! Rated and voted beautiful.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Suzanne and your kind comment. I am glad you enjoy my poetry. Appreciate the vote up as well.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

I appreciate your poem. They forgot about the sleet. Lot's of pearls in this hub.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

What an inspiration to read your post on motivation. Just do it! Yes, it takes courage but it is what is needed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading mylindaelliott and your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you teaches. I am so glad you found the message inspiring.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Some wonderful quotes here! Your poem moved me; finding the good in seemingly bad times or in nasty-looking things is difficult sometimes but when we're practised in it, it becomes much easier.

You have a great message here; what's the point in living if we don't make the most of it, if we don't do our best to help others and change the world?

Our outlook on life makes all the difference. Your message helps to spur us on. Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ann, glad you enjoyed the quotes and my poem. I always try to see the positive in every situation and hope I can inspire others.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

Thank you for sharing these inspirational words, Jodah. I enjoyed your poem as well!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Ryem, to write it was my pleasure.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Came back to reread as is my want on great hubs. What a lousy day the day is being. hihihi but not for me!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for rereading Eric, glad the sun is shining for you though storming all around. That boxer in the top collage pic is my son Trent. He is the most laid back person I know, always smiling and positive, nothing gets him down. If something bad looks like happening he just makes a joke and the bad just seems to disappear. Gets in the ring, fights a war, then congratulates or consoles his opponent and they go and have a drink like best buddies.


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I find myself reading the same hubs many times because they ring true over and over again. It takes me along time to accept change in my life. A slow process I look forward to change when it is welcome but when it opposes my current beliefs I struggle to understand and it causes confusion and disappointment. A work in progress The more I see and here it in your hub the more I am willing to welcome all that is new and different. Making change more positive than negative. Have a day filled with change and embrace it fully. What a relevant hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for your generous comment Dream On. I am glad this hub is having a positive effect on you and helping you embrace change. That is something that I too have struggled with and have to constantly reaffirm myself. Change happens in everyone's life so we have to make it a positive thing instead of being fearful of it.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

My Brother Jodah,

Everything here is deep and meaningful. God's blessings on your wise and loving heart.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this manatita44, I appreciate your kind comment and hope to see you again. Bless you.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Being positive requires less energy than being negative. It's simple to "just do it" when you set your mind to it. Great hub and poems!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Sunshine, I really appreciate your visit and kind comment. It inspires me to write more.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub positive and inspiring. Great poems, enjoyed reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad you enjoyed this hub Vellur. Thanks for stopping by to read it and comment.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very inspirational and motivational hub. I enjoyed the video clip and the poems as well.

I love the vibes in here and so I'm sharing the positivity.

Cheers!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the ,positive, comment Cris, and for sharing it.


dragonflycolor 2 years ago

I love uplifting hubs like these. We need more of them more often. Thanks, Jodah!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Dragonfly, I agree. I've been writing a few of these lately. I like to encourage others and it is uplifting for me as well to write them. Especially if I get positive comments. My pleasure.


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Life is a roller coaster - I like that. Thanks for some inspiration. It's always welcome:)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Tolovaj. I appreciate your comment.


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

We take for granted the splendor of nature. A true lover of life simulates and finds a way to joy, if limited in the body, don't limit the mind with negativity. That's what I received from "Life Through a Window"


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Hackslap 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Such a simple message that is far too often ignored or taken for granted ...As a believer in the Law of Attraction and Reiki healer I can't agree more with this hub ... Great stuff! voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Eric, you got it in one! Find the positive and beauty in every situation.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Hackslap, and glad you know where I'm coming from and can relate. I appreciate the vote up too.


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Aneegma 2 years ago

And again you've reduced me to tears (of joy this time LOL). Another masterpiece. Well written and well done. Voted up


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carter06 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Great hub Jodah..I reckon being positive, looking for the positive, staying positive for some needs to be a practiced art and the more you practice the easier it becomes..but you have to decide to do it, then your right 'just go with it' life is so much easier..cheers


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw Aneegma, as long as they are tears of joy :)

A lady crying is my weakness, but thank you for your kind comment and vote up once again my friend.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Carter06, I agree with you that 'being positive' is a practiced art. You do have to train yourself to think that way, but like everything else it gets easier and easier...and makes life much nicer than being negative.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Congratulations, John, on your Hubbie award! Well done!


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on the 2014 Hubbie Award for Best Poet! Well deserved! :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks sunshine, congratulations to you too. Well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Flourish, appreciate all your support.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

I cannot post on the forums so I thought I'd come by and tell you how pleased I was to see you'd won a Hubbie for Best Poet. You do indeed deserve the honor, John! Way to go! :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for seeking me out Randy and I appreciate the congrtulations. I am happy that you won the "most Awesome Hub" award also. You have written some great ones so thoroughly deserved that as well.


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

A well-written and inspirational article. Great positive video to accompany same.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment manatita.


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no body 16 months ago from Rochester, New York

I loved your article Jodah. I might add one more to the list that ends in destiny: "...Because your destiny will be determined by the one to whom you give it."

Positivity was a new thing for me because a large part of my life the way my mind thought was that if I could imagine the worst case scenario and make peace with that... surely the actuality, when it occurred, would not be near as bad. It took God a long time to show me that the the actuality really could be worse but my view of it could be a lot better. Voted up and interesting. Bob.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Bob. I am glad God managed to turn your thinking around. Our mindset often influences our actions and the things we make happen around us subconsciously so if we always imagine the worst case scenario those things can actually happen to us. Been there done that, know better. Take care.


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Jesse Drzal 7 months ago from The United States

Very well done, sir. Enjoyable read!


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Jesse. I am glad you found it enjoyable.


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sujaya venkatesh 7 months ago

lovely poem Jo exactly


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Sujaya. Much appreciated.


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word55 7 months ago from Chicago

This is a great hub and superb poem John. It was very well put together. Glad I got the chance to read it. Keep up the great work. Voted up!


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Jodah 7 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad to see you reading this quite old, but one of my favourite hubs Al. Thanks for your kind comment relating to the poem. Take care.

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