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Is it REALLY what it is?

It is what it is?

Is it?

Is what you are talking about really what it is?  Is it unchangeable?  Can it not improve?  Will it not morph into something else?

Can you help it change?  Can you assist in some way?

To me, this IT IS WHAT IT IS statement means you have given up.  Throw your hands up in the air like ya just don’t care, because with this statement, that is what you mean.  It is what it is and you can’t do anything about it.

I think this statement is used way too much.  If it is used CORRECTLY, than whatever you are talking about is a constant, unchanging thing.  It’s something you can’t budge, you can’t help, you can’t make move no matter what you do. It is unchanging. It’s a “given.”

So, an apple …it is what it is.  A cat, dog, a kite, the sky, my right shoe… YEP!  Those things can be put in that category.   The IT IS WHAT IT IS category!

People… can change.  Places… can change.  Attitudes, facial expressions, a bad day…

ARE NOT things that you can use that “It is what it is.” statement on.

If you use –it is what it is– on those things, you are saying they can’t change…

they can’t be helped…

you can’t do anything about them.

And I just don’t think that is true.  That is my opinion.  I suppose it could change, but for now…

IT IS WHAT IT IS.

*smiles*

 

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What in the World!?!

What is going on with this place I live in?  We have mass murders, scare tactics and things people are calling conspiracies more and more every day.

What is going on!?!

I’m no expert or some great thinker.  I don’t hold degrees in theology or anything that some may seem to others as a higher-level thinking degree, really.  I don’t have answers or solutions for everything.  (note: no earthly person does!)

I do know how to pray, talk with others about miracles and things that truly matter and I know that the BIBLE is our guide book.  That is what I know.

Just as observer, pray-er, born again believer and crazy art teacher, I think…

We are more worried about what other people are doing than getting up and doing something ourselves.

We are a huge society of “it’s not my fault.” We blame others.  We don’t take responsibility for OURSELVES.

We concern ourselves more with right wing, left wing than God’s got this!

We STRESS! We worry.  We make ourselves sick thinking of what COULD happen.

We like revenge for some reason.  We seek revenge more than love.

I found this short video not too long ago and loved the message Andy Stanley has here.  He helped me to remember that no matter what happens here, God is in control.  We just need to have faith…and fix our eyes on JESUS.

Please take a couple of minutes to listen…

 

 

Thank YOU for good coffee. 

 Thank You Jesus for good coffee, comfortable shoes, un-bunchy underwear and laughter.

Thank You Jesus for deep breaths, warm fuzzy blankets, hugs that mean something and good coffee.

Thank You Jesus for positive attitudes, good coffee, things that sparkle and color coordination.

Thank You Jesus for soft hands to hold, good deeds for no reason, caring coworkers and good coffee.

Today is a great day to be thankful.

I cannot stop saying thank You Jesus!  He helps me, guides me and sustains me daily, but I don’t thank Him enough.

As I end my afternoon with a good cup of coffee plus two creamers from a place I usually don’t stop at but it was much less crowded than my usual favorite, I am overwhelmed by the constant happiness Jesus provides in my life. From a simple cup of coffee to the awesome blessing of song He gave me today… I THANK HIM!

I sang at a dear sweet lady’s funeral today. She was a constant at our church and she will be missed. Women like her are easy to love.  Those are the kind of people we should definitely thank God for!  It was very hard to hold back emotion through that funeral, but I had to in order to sing.  The first song I sang was one I had never sung except the last couple of days in practice.  I knew God would take care of my nerves and He sure did.  I can’t even remember singing that song really, because  I know it was Him doing it. Not me. That feeling is one I wish all can have. I hope that there is something in your life that you can do (or participate in) and experience that kind of power.  It truly is something HUGE to be thankful for. Wow.

The coffee is almost gone, but my thankful heart will continue. I love that God grants us all these blessings!  How can we not be thankful!?!?

It is not happy people who are thankful, but thankful people who are HAPPY.

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

Lose up to 10 pounds in your first month. 

Walk away that belly. 

Take that first step.  Start your journey today!

Walk. Stair step. 

Drink these shakes. 

Take these pills. 

Start now. 

It’s easy!

Translations:

Your fat. 

Your ugly. 

You’re disgusting even. 

You shouldn’t show your face in public. 

People look at the size of your waist. 

Your smile and awesome hair means nothing. 

The way you look is the only thing that matters. 

Our society is obsessed with weight loss and you should be too!

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I’m all for feeling better about yourself. I’m in favor of being healthier.  It has been personally proven that exercising and eating right (or better) definitely helps the attitude. With this first day of the New Year though… WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT!?! 

Is it how much weight you can lose by January 7th?  

Is it how many steps you can put in before lunch? 

Is it the way your jeans fit or how people look at you?

I don’t believe it is. 

I know EVERYONE has that THING that they obsess over and for a lot of us, it’s the way we look. For others it’s organization or exercise or keeping the house clean (gag!).  But are any of those things what’s REALLY IMPORTANT?!? 

I don’t believe it is. 

I had a friend die of brain cancer just this morning.  Yes, first day of the year.  She is in heaven with Jesus!  No cancer, NO PAIN!  So, tell me, was losing weight, looking like society says we should, being organized or “perfect” important to her?

What’s really important? 

GOD, a personal relationship with Jesus, family, friends and knowing that this world is not our home!

I’m not trying to knock losing weight or feeling better about yourself.  I’m only saying…

WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT?!?

I hope you find the true answer to that question this new year.  

Happy New Year!

The Re-gift. Not always a bad thing.

regiftSo, today, I was gifted with the RE-gift.

How do I know it was re-gifted, you ask?

It was not half eaten or even un-packaged.  It was not ripped, torn or had the to and from tags marked out.  It was still neatly attached to it’s original packaging.  It was in it’s perfect new, without tags condition.

How did I know… because I was the initial giver of the gift.

At work, we play the Secret Santa game the last week we are in school before the Christmas break.  Monday starts the fun and Friday is ended with the “big” gift given.  Each day, we give a small token of happiness to our giftee.

The Santa names are all randomly chosen and this year, it so happens that MY SECRET SANTA (the gifter) is also MY SECRET SANTA (the giftee).  We have each other!  So, when I saw my small token of happiness back in my box this morning, I KNEW who my gifter was.  There is no longer the secret that goes in the term Secret Santa.  No more info kept under a hat or mums the word…

It has been revealed with the re-gift!

Does it make me mad?  NO.  I like the gift I got back.  It’s a neat little pen that I had carefully chosen for my person, because it had a theme that I THOUGHT went perfectly with their subject matter.  I must of thought wrong.  Either that OR my person believed that I needed the little token more than they, because I THINK I listed that I liked school supplies on my Secret Santa get-to-know-me form.  Who knows.  Whatever the reason, I have the gift back.  And either way, I’m fine getting the re-gift.

IN FACT, I think I will re-re-gift it on Friday when we give our “bigger” gift.  Who knows, maybe I’ll have more re-re-gifts to put in their bag by then!  HAHA!

That “bigger” gift may be a lot bigger and better and funnier (and perhaps a little awkward) than any gift I’ve ever given before!!!

The re-gift.  Not always a bad thing.

#perspective

 

 

 

Sharing a blog.

I know that at times I may get on others nerves with my positive attitude.  Sorry, not sorry.  I love being positive!  Just thought I’d share this blog with you which talks about the benefits of being positive. It really is a good thing.  Being positive can change so much.  Looking at things in a positive light makes life better.

Maybe you don’t like blogs (you are reading one now! haha!), but this is a short, easy and good read.  Please give it a look and make today AWESOME!  When we have positive attitudes, we automatically share those with others…and in my case, it’s especially true for our STUDENTS.  They neeeeeeeeeeeeed it.

I promise you.  I may be the “dumb” art teacher, but I do know some stuff.  (reminds me of Forest Gump: I MAY NOT BE A SMART MAN…)

Hope your Thursday is super duper!

LOVE TO ALL!

-Rita

GO CHECK THIS OUT PLEASE:

http://www.successconsciousness.com/positive_attitude.htm

“I hate my life.”

I heard this horrible statement today, “I hate my life.”  It was given at a very insignificant moment.  A moment where no one was burning alive.  There was basically no chaos.   The building wasn’t falling in and as far as I know the earth was not trembling.

IMMEDIATELY, The word PERSPECTIVE popped into my head.  What a skewed perspective that one statement held.

I wanted to say out loud, “REALLY?”  (I didn’t, but I also wanted to say…) Do you really hate your life?  Are you in enough mental anguish to HATE this exact moment of your life?  Are you in physical pain?  Did your mother abandon you, dog die or tooth chip?  What about this…Are you dying of cancer?  I’m pretty sure the answer to all of those questions IF ANSWERED ABSOLUTELY HONESTLY would have been NO.

Once again, I have a person in my life who will soon die of cancer.  I know she will be with Jesus and of that we can absolutely and joyously be certain of, AMEN!  To say good-bye to another person I love thanks to cancer makes me shake my head.  I know God will take us all the way we are to die, but *sigh* the word cancer makes my stomach lurch.  It makes tears come to my eyes and my head hurt.  I pray that this diagnosis somehow works for a good in the lives of people who love this wonderful person.  Duhhh…God is in control so, I already know that good will happen.

Right now, though…

I can’t stop thinking about PERSPECTIVE …AND can’t get this insane statement out of my head: “I hate my life.”

REALLY?!?

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