Positive Thoughts for the Week

Need some inspiration and motivation? Here are some positive thoughts for the entire week. From day 1 to day 7, Monday to Sunday, one positive thought per day to read, reflect and ponder upon. Blessings!

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Day 1: Encouragement

We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. –George M. Adams

These words of encouragement when said with utter belief can boost a tired soul or uplift the weary and propel someone onward in their tracks.

You can do it!

I believe in you!

Don’t worry, everything will be alright.

You are not alone, I am here to support you every step of the way.

I see little transformations occurring in school when a teacher would often tell a preschooler who is struggling with her lessons. I know you can do it! I believe in you. These words repeatedly said have helped kids read and write or develop positive habits and attitude.

During moments when I felt despondent, words said from a friend “Don’t worry, all is well. I am here to support you in any way I can.” helped me get out of my rut.

So choose to encourage. Encouragement is like breathing in hope and indeed it is oxygen to the soul.

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Day 2: Appreciation

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Practice gratitude. Learn to appreciate people, events and things in your life and thereby increasing their value.

Train yourself to notice the little stuff and the big ones. How has it impacted you? Did it make a difference in your perspective of life? Has it improved your mood? Did it contribute to your well-being? Did it make your life easier, happier?

When I get an email, a text message or someone telling me how my article or words of inspiration have helped them in one way or the other, I am heartened by it. It increases the value of what I have done and encourages me to do more.

Experiencing this, I too strive to appreciate and to be thankful in all ways.

Once while we were lining up for our photos to be taken for our government ID. I was amazed at the girl who was calm amidst the chaos of the surrounding grumbling, impatient people. There was no trace of annoyance in her face. When we were finally done, I told my friend if it was okay if we could take a bit of time to go to that girl and just tell her what great work she had done. I still recall the smile that lit her face that day with our words of appreciation.

So choose to appreciate, to be grateful and to be thankful.

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Day 3: Listen

When you don't know what to offer the people you care about, listen, listen, listen.

I read these words somewhere and it struck me because often times we fail to listen. We would talk more than listen. But listening is the beginning of understanding. Listening bridges the gap between two souls longing to feel connected. Listening aids in conflicts and helps solve them.

More importantly, it makes people feel that you care.

I love to talk and share my experiences and lessons learned in life. Listening was a challenge for me! Maybe because I grew up pretty much alone and longed to have someone listen to me too. It took me a bit of time but I found out that caring for others meant learning to listen as well. I saw its value when friends would share their plight and later on would say thank you for your guidance! I hadn’t really said anything! I just listened.

So choose to listen. Sometimes people need to hear words of wisdom and inspiration to guide them and yet sometimes they just need to air out their problems and find the wisdom within themselves.

How are you feeling at this time of the week?

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Our preschoolers at Dynamic Minds made these Christmas angels.
Our preschoolers at Dynamic Minds made these Christmas angels. | Source

Day 4: Creativity

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” –Osho

“Use my creativity?” A participant asked us in disbelief. “But I’m not an artist!” In a seminar/workshop we were conducting, we were sharing the concept of using creativity in our daily lives. Sometimes people attached the word creativity with artists only. If you happen to think in this way too, may I invite you to see another side to it?

You and I...we are creative beings. IF we understand the concept that life unfolds from the inside to the outside, we begin to see that we do create with our thoughts, words and deeds. That the creation process evolves in this manner: THOUGHT + WORD + ACTION = RESULTS

It sounds so simple and yet challenging.

“Your predictions and expectations are...self-fulfilling. Since your consciousness (thoughts) create your universe, all you have to do to change your world is to change your consciousness.”-Ken Keyes, Handbook to Higher Consciousness

Are you inspired to do something to increase your wealth? Are you moved to action when faced with challenges? Do you get a crazy and wild idea to do your work a bit differently? Act upon your inspired ideas today! After all, creativity is inventing, taking risks, making mistakes and having fun while you experiment and take daily steps in the direction of your dreams.

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Day 5: Silence

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. - Mahatma Gandhi

Time and time again, masters have stressed the importance of being still, of finding peace in solitude, in stillness. There is beauty in silence, they would say. And I would recall running away from silence and I would become very restless.

But along the way, I discovered that it is only in silence when I could find wisdom, or do some reflection or connect with my divinity. It is in silence when inspiration comes to me. Thus, in the past five years, my love affair with silence begun and is still ongoing until now.

One of the ways to silence is through meditation. I breathe in ... I breathe out... slowly and deeply. This calms me and places me in a state of peace. Other ways would be to take a walk in the park, gaze at the dawning of a new day or watering your garden with mindfulness. When you arrive in your own silence, perhaps you will find your inner balance and gain personal freedom.

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Day 6: Joy

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy…is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give joy. Share joy. Receive joy. Be joy.

Kids are the nicest example to teach us about joy. I observe them at play and they would be running around laughing for no apparent reason but just for the joy of running. Their delight for life is extremely contagious. Many times I would find myself smiling when I hear our preschoolers laughing out loud.

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. --Thich Nhat Hanh

Pay attention to what increases your joy. Focus on the things that make you happy. And share this joy to others. Do this often and notice how your life is filled with joy.

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Hubber Dayzeebee (Daisy Ba-ad) took a photo of me in Bohol Philippines as I gazed at nature, filled with contentment and gratitude.
Hubber Dayzeebee (Daisy Ba-ad) took a photo of me in Bohol Philippines as I gazed at nature, filled with contentment and gratitude. | Source

Day 7: Contentment

The grass may be greener on the other side, but it still has to be mowed.

The words on a poster made me nod my head in agreement. Too often we find ourselves thinking that things are better for others. They seem to have the best job, the best man, best wife, best house, best opportunity and so on and so forth. You think that their lives are better than yours! We forget that what we have is also as wonderful and fantastic!

Contentment stems from a heart that is thankful. It is knowing and acknowledging that “I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I need to do, in the eternal moment of now.”

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. ~Buddha

So choose to be content and thankful with what you have. And you will have more of what you desire in your life. Blessings, love and light to you dearest precious being.

BY: Michelle Simtoco

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Fortadam 4 years ago from Portland Oregon

What a beautiful hub :) I loved the pictures that you chose to go with each "theme" for the day - and the quotes you chose were truly inspiring. Great hub and voted up :)


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iamageniuster 4 years ago

Thanks for the hub. It made my day. I'll try to be more positive now.


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Rachel Richmond 4 years ago from California

BEAUTIFULLY put together ~ Lovely!!


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VioletSun 4 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Michelle, beautifully done! Loved the photos, the quotes and your little stories. My favorite one was the one about creativity; it's so true, we tend to think creativity is only for artists.

Good to see you back! Now I have to follow you and write a hub. hehe. Maybe one day! :)

Hugs and love,

Marie


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I looooove this. :-) Beautiful sentiments, and precious words to live by. Each day, I try to say or do something positive for someone else. Listening seems to have become an art, which is too often neglected. Up and awesome.


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I needed this today! So nice to see something so positive and useful. I am bookmarking this so I can read it throughout my week. Thanks!


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geoffclarke 4 years ago from Canada

Beautiful and inspirational! Thank you and voted up!


PWalker281 4 years ago

Great reminders that life is what we make it. The choice is ours. Thanks for sharing! Rated up and sideways!


mathira 4 years ago

Life will always be a struggle and words of encouragement makes all the difference. Good hub,ripplemaker.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

ripplemaker - I wanted to let you know that I wrote a hub highlighting my favorite hubs I've read during the week, and this hub is included in it.


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rmcrayne 4 years ago from San Antonio Texas

ripplemaker so much of what you wrote is so relatable, especially the day for listening. I remember having some patients with extremely complex issues that I could not figure out, yet these clients thanked me profusely. I said to my tech that I didn't understand why they were thanking me, because I could not help them. She said "But you listened to them, which they did not feel like they got from their doctor." Thanks for this great inspiring hub.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Fortadam: Thank you so much for being here and sharing these positive things with me. I felt deep joy in finishing this hub as it brought me to a beautiful place where joy abides. Love and light to you. :)

iamageniuster: And so we are there for each other to help uplift and encourage...more blessings in your daily choices. :)

Rachel Richmond: And THANK YOU for your positive energy. It made me really smile. Love and light.. :)


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Violetsun: Marie!!! I have missed you! The internet connection at home is so bad that I had to ask Daisy if I could come to her place so I could respond to this hub. About creativity, yes, we do tend to connect it to artists only. But we are all creative beings, aren't we? That perspective changed me in a lot of ways. Much love and hugs to you dearest precious friend. :)

Genna East: It's nice to meet you Genna. What a lovely thing to do, to try to say or do something nice for someone else. I honor your loving spirit as you continue to share your light. :)

KrystalD: Thank you for bookmarking this hub. I appreciate it. And may you continue to be inspired everyday. :)

geoffclarke: I am glad to share an inspiration or two as I too receive a lot of daily inspiration! Blessings :)

PWalker281: The more positive our choices, the more joy we experience. So true! Thanks for being here.

mathira: I am thankful to be of help. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. Love and light :)

Millionaire Tips: Wow, that is so nice to hear. I am touched. Thank you very much. I will visit your hub definitely. :)

rmcrayne: I liked your sharing very much. Thank you for affirming what I have written. Listening makes people feel important and cared for. And I am glad there are people like you who do care! Love and blessings to you always. :)


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love it all! Thanks for the reminders, especially the suggestion to listen when there is no immediate answer. Rated way up!


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Funkstonian 4 years ago

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to accept happiness in your life, or choose to brude on disappointment.

Thanks for the lift, much appreciated.


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thanks for sharing these words to live by. How can one feel anything but positive after reading this inspiring Hub?

I try to practice at least one of your examples each day, but my goal is to practice them all unconsciously every day. Cheers and Namaste.


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dayzeebee 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh how I smile as I read your words:) Glad I took the time to sneak in to comment. Voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful. What more can I say. To more ripples of love:)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Such adjectives are heard everyday in my life but, to put it effectively in such a beautiful hub...loved it.

I have bookmarked it and gonna visit it more often.

Thanks ripplemaker and may you continue to make positive ripples in all our lives :)


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PK2010 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Ripplemaker, thank you for this beautiful hub. I felt very guilty reading your hub especially the piece about contentment. Just this evening I was moaning to a friend how tough life is and why I had to work so hard. You have given me reason to be grateful. I have good health by the Grace of God, a lovely family, wonderful friends and a job to help make ends meet. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that no matter how big or small our problems may be, there are more powerful reasons to keep us going - and that is to be thankful for all that we are and have.

I love what you said about silence as well. There is so much chaos and noise in our world today - radio's blaring, car horns tooting...that we have almost forgotten the beauty in keeping a silent moment to reconnect with our inner selves. Silence creates more awareness and with a new found awareness, come great discoveries. Thanks again, totally wonderful hub. Really enjoyed reading it!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Green Lotus: Namaste. Thank you for gracing this hub with your presence. It means a lot.

Dayzeebee: It has been wonderful creating ripples of love with you. I am glad that this made you smile. Thanks also for sharing this in facebook. Much love to you dear sis. :)

Ruchira: Thank you so much for bookmarking this hub. It will be a pleasure to have you come back for inspiration.

PK: Oh to read your sharing is so heartwarming. I thank you for your candidness and sincerity. May you continue to live life to the full.

Love and blessings to you all. :)


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iamageniuster 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing! I will definitely use these tips.


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The Stages Of ME 4 years ago

Ripplemaker ~

You are making a big ripple with your beautiful Hub so very uplifting. Thank you for sharing:) Blessings to you


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Wonderful and very inspiring. Excellent presentation

my friend. Voted Up. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


kelleyward 4 years ago

Beautiful hub! Voted up and shared socially. I can't wait to read more of your hubs. I am also practicing the art of listening better, contentment, and joy. I bookmarked this!


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ElizaDoole 4 years ago from London

This is a lovely hub with many inspiring quotes and famous sayings. Voted up!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

iamageniuster: thanks for dropping by. :)

The Stages Of ME: And blessings to you as well. :)

Kamalesh050: I am glad to hear that. Blessings...:)

kelleyward: As most of us are...it's a joy to journey with you. :)

ElizaDoole: thanks for voting this up! Have a great weekend. :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Michelle,

Profound thoughts and things that we should consider in our daily lives. I really like what you did with your photos to illustrate these segments of your wonderful hub. Voted useful and beautiful and will share.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Peggy, that's so sweet of you. Thank you so much. Blessings always.. :)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

This hub made my day! Voted up!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

iamaudraleigh: Thank you so much. :)


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Diana Mendes 4 years ago

Awesome hub. So well written. I liked the photos & the quotes - so inspiring & positive. Thanks for sharing. voted up & beautiful.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Diana: Happy to know this was inspiring and positive for you. Have a good week ahead :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Happy to be able to share the "ripples" of your making, especially when they are as nice and helpful as this. :)


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ladeda 4 years ago

What a great idea for a Hub! Put a smile on my face. Voted up!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Peggy and ladeda..thank you so much! :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

You are indeed a "ripplemaker" of love and inspiration.

The video touched my heart with the right messages. And the photo of you on the beach is stunning!

Went to your website and tried several times to leave a comment, but the capcha wasnt working. I loved your site.

voting up!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Vocal Coach, it is a joy to have you around as you shine your light brightly to those around you. Blessed be... :)


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poetryman6969 3 years ago

You've done it. Reading this piece every day could inspire.


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

I love this, voted awesome!


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iamageniuster 2 years ago

I love this article. I'll try to be as positive as I can now.

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