What a good day

Things that I am extremely happy about: 

  • Waking up before my alarm clock and being able to stay in my cozy bed for a little while. That’s the best feeling. 
  • Waking up to hilarious texts from Corey (hey gurl!)
  • I made a breakfast wrap with eggs and peppers and cherry tomatoes and it made me really happy because I love peppers & cherry tomatoes. I also was really proud of myself for cooking. woot woot!
  • I went to the doctors for the first time in what feels like forever. It was awesome. I’m so happy with my insurance. 
  • Laughing hysterically post-leaving the doctor’s office. I’m fairly certain I laughed the whole way from Amherst to Northampton.
  • Knowing that my inappropriate laughing definitely comes from my Mom. Thanks Mom, if you’re reading this :)
  • Buying ice cream cake 
  • Spending the day with my cousin was fabulous
  • TRIBUTE celebrations at work
  • Smiles & laughter
  • Going out to lunch with Cassie, hunting for french fries specifically
  • Chocolate milk
  • Meatball subs. I just love meatball subs like no other. 
  • French fries and barbecue sauce. 
  • Dancing
  • Getting caught dancing and then laughing
  • Doing the Wobble <3
  • I can’t wait to see my friend Anita in April when she comes for the Boston Marathon
  • I called home and got to talk to my Mom and Dad and sister. I like those peeps. 
  • I can’t wait to go to Austin in a few weeks
  • I am really happy that I got to see my friend Katelynn for the first time in a while
  • School is starting soon
  • Excited to hang with Sam this weekend
  • I love my job. I’m really excited for the picnic on Friday. There’s a whipped cream eating contest and I’m in it to win it :)
  • I love brushing my teeth
  • Seeing the Oscar Mayer Wiener-Mobile for the second time in my life was wicked awesome. 

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Things that I am grateful for:

  • Laughter
  • British Accents
  • Sitting on the porch last night with great friends
  • “The Porch” game
  • What a beautiful summer weekend it has been. It has been absolutely gorgeous outside.
  • Going to a concert on Friday night
  • Relaxing & being lazy today
  • Cinnamon swirl bread 
  • Dogs <3
  • Reading “The Last Lecture” 
  • Talking to my family on the phone
  • Purple pens
  • Having absolutely AMAZING friends
  • Going on long walks
  • Calzones :)
  • Knowing who I am as a person
  • My upcoming trip to Austin, TX
  • School starting soon
  • Having ice cream cake on Tuesday 
  • Listening to my favorite playlist
  • Cleaning
  • Slowly but surely learning how to cook
  • Talking to my friend Ganim on the phone
  • Talking to Lorena. I am proud that she found a job in LA :)
  • I am grateful for all of the experiences that I’ve had in my life. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them. 

Here’s to more submissions!

Here is yet another great submission :) Keep ’em coming!

I have too many things I SHOULD be grateful for and not enough time to actually think about them. So take this contribution as you will as I think out loud and share my list:

1. I have a job. And not just any job, a salaried job. And not just a salaried job, I’m the youngest manager and the only manager who is not white. I feel so weird going to weekly manager meetings and realizing that I’m one of them. THEM! 30 and 40 somethings who have been in the industry for years and here I am 1 year out of college.

2. I am independent. I earn a living doing what I love with great people and I can pay for my own rent, utilities, and bills.

3. I am NOT engaged and/or have kids. I am 24 years and in no rush to start adding obligations and chains to my life. It may be great for others since it seems like every other week one of my friends is getting engaged. One of my ex girlfriends recently got engaged on her 1 year anniversary. Come on…1 year? And they say gay marriage ruins the sancitiy of marriage? Please.

4. To add to #3, I am free. I am free to do anything I want to in my life. I recently took a personal vacation to Phoenix, Portland, and San Francisco. Why? Because I wanted to! I wanted to travel and eat new dishes and experience new places! And yes, to drink absurd amounts of alcohol but that’s besides the point! I am free to act without the fear of hurting another person’s feelings or upsetting anyone.

5. My friends. I’ve never had a problem making friends. People always talk about high school and middle school being a nightmare and I was lucky enough to never have that problem. Even though I live in the city now and some of my friends have married or moved away, it’s like we never left high school when we get together.

I’d go on but now I feel like I’m gloating and I hate to do so.

So, I’ll end with

6. My health. I had a scare from a very good friend of mine who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer found in the blood. He broke the news to me at a going away party for him (he was going to move away for a job) and I completely broke down. I hadn’t cried in years and here I was…bawling my eyes…out at a bar…and I couldn’t stop. Everyone was wondering where I was and what I was doing and all I could think about was “Why him?” Cancer is one of those things that you hope never happens to you let alone anyone else. Luckily, the doctors caught it early and he is 100% fine now, but I am forever grateful for my health, so far. As a smoker and a drinker, plus the fact I have not gone to a dentist or a doctor in about 10 years, I SEEM to be OK, and that’s all I can ask for.

To those reading this, I am not one to share my feelings often, if ever, with anyone. I’ve even gotten in trouble with previous girlfriends because I didn’t talk enough my feelings. But this has been interesting. I have never “blogged” before and this came out all too easily.

On Equality, Compassion, & the Hope That Lies Within Us All

By: Bethany Thomas

It doesn’t take much to spark the kind of unreserved emotion that moves someone to take action. The problem lies in the fact that these emotions set to action are often negative emotions riddled with lack of self-control. Within us all runs a stream of innate emotions and behaviors from which we may choose to act upon. We are touched by love, we are disheartened by hatred, we rise from this state of discontent through hope; we do this all in the name of humanity. At the core of our being it is clear that despite our diversity, which brings about necessary originality to the marketplace of ideas but is often used a tool of separation, we are all in fact equal.

The combination of ignorance, stubbornness, and blind hatred that allowed segregation amongst different races to flourish for so long stunted the growth of humanity. How much more could we have achieved as a nation by fully allowing the unbridled compassion and intelligence of all humans to unfold? Even now as we as a nation have begun to discover this potential there are those who wish to set us back in the mission for human equality. Through love and love alone will we surpass these struggles, which have burdened us for centuries.
The 2008 documentary A Ripple Of Hope brings history to light presenting the tenacious character of both Dr. Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. These men, who focused on equality for people of all races gave their lives to create the change they wished to see. Yet long before their eventual demise they fought valiantly with their words to unite humanity. So moving are their legacies that one must stop and wonder how the sum of anyone’s modern life achievements could compare to the type of change these men were able to create with lives cut too short. The truth is, we all have it within us to affect change starting with our thoughts and moral aptitude. The greatest deterrent of lasting change is the doubt we carry in our hearts that we cannot achieve such greatness.

The idea that all humans deserve respect has been around since the dawn of humanity, although it wasn’t always a popular idea. Confucius once said,  “The superior man understands the higher things {moral principles}; the inferior man understands the lower things {profit}”{14:24}. Thankfully, it didn’t take many of these remarkable superior men to bring forth the moral changes we needed and still need today, but it did take hard work and faith. Like most things, the fight for equality is easier said than done. It’s a battle paved on the bloody path of those who wished for peace before us. We must never forget the sacrifices so many ambitious souls made for us, or the ideals they had at heart. There isn’t a single person in the history of the nation who was able to help thousands of people without first having faith in humanity as well as in themselves. When RFK gave his speech after Dr. Martin Luther King’s death he had faith in mind even though he was speaking to a group of people horrified at the hatred and separation that had caused the assassination of a man known to preach equality. This belief in humanity even in the worst of times is an attitude we must constantly consider within our own hearts.

Each day, sometimes without making the conscious decision to, the way we treat others forms patterns within ourselves and consequently amongst society as a whole. Being aware of the strength our words and actions carry is the first step in making the world a better place for all. Although one man cannot fix every problem in their society, he can begin to change negativity and watch as those around him continue his work.  In the wise words of Robert F. Kennedy, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others…he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

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This article was written by Bethany Thomas, a student at The University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in Journalism. She is lovely friend of mine and I am proud to share her work on the PositivitiProject blog. Thank you Bethany!

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