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Posithanks Vol. 4 “30 ideas to be grateful for” (Day 91-120)


Posithanks Volume 4 Days 91 – 120

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365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 120 Today we are thankful for the beauty of life

“The beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger, but in wisdom, understanding and love.”

~ Jennifer Edwards

As a natural follow up to the topic of ordinary miracles, is the beauty of life. When you appreciate the beauty of life, you are able to “be” more beutiful, and “do” beutiful things and then you are more apt to “have” a beautiful life.

The beauty of life, is that you don’t have to be modernly beautiful to live it.

~C.S. Lewis

Positive Imperative Question. What do you consider to be the beauty of life? Do you stop and think about beauty? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire others by leaving your comments here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Day 119 Today we are thankful for ordinary miracles. Ordinary Miracle It’s not that usual when everything is beautiful It’s just another ordinary miracle today ~ Sara McLauchlin What is an ordinary miracle? The whole notion of an ordinary miracle seems like an oxymoron. On the one hand they seem like ordinary every day things, but on the other hand when you really think about them they are in every aspect extraordinary.

The beauty of a sunrise.

the symmetry of life, the unique design of a snowflake a fingerprint, the northern lights, a bee flying, the ecosystem, stars in the sky every baby born

Ordinary miracles are really the essence of Posithanks. Stopping to consider and give thanks to the amazing world we live in.

Positive Imperative Question. What do you consider to be a miracle? Do you stop and think about miracles. Do you appreciate them. Will you take the time today? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire others by leaving your comments here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Michelle Obama, a full circle woman!

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Day 118 Today we are thankful for inspirational women.

” A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

~ Diane Mariechild

Be inspired…… the stories of how my mother and many other women inspired me……

Do you know who this lady is?

Do you know who this woman is? (See below)

When we talk of inspirational women, names from Mother Teresa for her wisdom and endless humanitarian effort to Amelia Earhart who pioneered women in aviation. Modern day names include the First Lady Michelle Obama and likely the most famous woman in the world Oprah Winfrey. While other names come easily like Lady Diana, the truth of the matter is, that most do not, like Candy Lightner, the single mom who lost her 13 year old daughter Cari to a drunk driver and RESPONDED and tirelessly and relentlessly created a world wide organization call MADD. She is likely indirectly responsible for saving more lives than most people in the world attributed to saving lives. For every sung hero that inspires us there is a million who we don’t know the names of.

My mother inspired me in many ways. Due to my father’s death she became a single working mom trying to balance work and two growing boys. After marrying my father, Virginia (my mom) came up to Canada (Toronto) and was not able to practice law with her US Law degree. As a female lawyer she had few options, so she took a job as a Tax analyst for CCH, decades after going to school at North Western and Georgetown where she not only received her law degree but also her Masters of Law and somewhere along the line theatre arts degree too. Virginia Sinclair was among the first generation of women to entertain the career of law, so early that she had to go to the five and dime store to even find a female washroom as the law school had none, in a day where just a few years before my mother was born the then former President of the United States, Grover Cleveland said Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.” Years later she went to Kingston Ontario for a Tax Conference with you guessed it….. more tax lawyers and yes they were all men. Can you imagine working in a world with no female collegues for thirty years? It’s hard to imagine in a world today where the majority of law students are female that just so few decades ago, there were none, until a generation of girls opened the doors for the very first time and in doing so lead the way for women for years to come. The doors were not opened easily and in-fact they had to endure a great deal of ignorance and prejudice about their intellect and abilities not to mention being treated as second class citizens and in many cases sexual objects. When you are often more intelligent than the person being ignorant to you, it takes a great deal of emotional intelligence and persaverance to overcome the easy reaction of anger and hostility. However my mother was a student of Emerson and a lover of Keats, she along with thousands of other women (and male supporters too) persavered and made the world a more civil, caring and positive place to live.

One woman, one skirt and 58 men.  The world is changed one person at a time.
Virginia SInclair ….. One woman, one skirt and 58 men. The world is changed one person at a time.

This passage from Marianne Williamson has been used in many movies, books and in many speeches and has inspired countless people. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson

Saturday July 15, 1944 It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.

~ Anne Frank (Fourth last enrtry in her diary)

The voice the Nazi’s thought was silenced, gave a shout far louder than anyone could have imagined, reminding us in the final face of adversity there is always hope, if not for ourselves, for the generations to come. The woman in the Picture at the top right of this post is Helen Keller and everyone should know her story and share in her wisdom! A portrait of Hellen Keller. Knowledge is love and light and vision.

~ Hellen Keller

A tribute to the women who inspire us by Canadian Song Poet Gordon Lightfoot! Women of all ages can inspire us to greatness and to that we say THANK YOU !

Positive Imperative Question. Do you study women of inspiration? Are there women in your life that currently fit the bill? Do you let them know they are inspiring!? Time to dial your cell, or start the e-mail! Victor Sinclair, grateful son of Virginia Sinclair! b. Novermber 17, 1924, d. February 23, 1983 RIP PI/PMI Founder Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire others by leaving your comments here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Day 117 Today we are thankful for romantic poetry and poets!

“Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.” ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered Some blog entries need no explanation, for the topic does the talking. My fave as I learned it in grade 5 choir at Brown Public School in Toronto.

John Keats captured a moment shared by many.

Positive Imperative Question. Do you read and take the time to visit poetry as often as you would like? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Day 116 Today we are thankful for reptiles. Lots of people seem to be afraid of reptiles and runaway at there very presence. It’s easy to understand why we would want to be thankful for dogs and cats, but why would be want to be thankful for reptiles?

Reptiles are the obvious link between today and prehistoric times. Though the lands are not ruled by dinosaurs, the oldest living creatures, with some species of Turtles living to be 150 years old. Turtles are also the oldest species, some dating back 200 Million years. So perhaps we have a lot to learn from them and in fact all living species of the world.

There are over 2,200 speicies of snakes in the world and less than 2% of them are harmful to humans. Snakes and other reptiles stick their tongues out to collect air particles so they can better smell their environment. Reptiles teach us to be selective about our environment. They teach us history, and sometimes even how to get along. It has been said in many quotes and in many ways that a society will be judge upon how it treats its weakest members. That will certainly be true as the current generations are faced with maintaining an environment for all living species many of the most fragile being reptiles. Positive Imperative Question. Do you appreciate reptiles? While driving your car, would you break for a turtle crossing the road as long as it was safe? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Day 115 Today we are thankful for good neighbours. That past is still within our living memory, a time when neighbour helped neighbour, sharing what little they had out of necessity, as well as decency. Mary McAleese Of course should be chose we can make it a current reality too!

The most famous neighbours on TV were Fred and Ethal Mertz on I love Lucy…life long friends and in more recent times that man over the fence, “Wilson” who you never got to see his face on Tim The Tool Man Taylor. In those cases they were not perfect but very positive.

Good neighbours help with your fences and usually they are fences you can see over:>)

Good neighbours help with your fences and usually they are fences you can see over:>)

However our society treats neighbours like in-laws. They are usually the brunt of jokes and if you were to look up positive quotes for good neighbours, you would find about a 10 to 1 ratio negative over positive. As I reflect upon that, I for one have always experienced the opposite ratio in real life. I have had 10 to 1 Good Neighbours. They have consoled me, given gifts to a charity and brought food when a family member died, lent lawnmowers and tools and helped build us a deck. So much to be thankful for. Are they perfect? Silly question….. are they good people and friends…absolutely. You get what you look for and one of today’s challenges is that with privacy fenced hitting the 8 foot mark, you quite often get a wall, and nothing more. Neighbours are what you make of them starting with the fact that you are a good neighbour as well.

A good neighbour can be a life long friend. Especially when you celebrate your diferences and care about them. The possibilities are endless! Positive Imperative Question. Do you often make the time to be freind your neighbours? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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DAY 114 Today we are thankful for inspiring lyric writers. Melodies are great, and when you put them together with great words you have great songs. We are thankful for the words penned in the thousands of songs that give them special meaning, and make them become ours. You’re favourite lyricist is likely partially governed by your preference in music styles, and subjects that appeal to you. If you love musicals, Richard Rogers may be your choice, if you like rap eminem, if you like rock, Jim Morrison, Pete Townsend, or Jimi Hendrix may be your love. If you love pop it could be that Gerry Goffin (Carole King lyric partner) or Bernie Taupin (Elton John lyric partner), are your choices. You could opt for teams like Lennon & McCartney but then you would have to know your music/Beatle history to discern who wrote what and country fans in the know may pick Willie Nelson…. who you may know because of the Hoagy Carmichael Material on Stardust, but also wrote Crazy for Patsy Cline. I could fille pages of names from Cat Stevens to Harry Chapin, from Marvin Gaye to a poet named Leonard Cohen, or move altogether in a different direction and give kudos to my kids favourite writers Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) or Chris Martin of Coldplay for their lyrics in clocks ’cause you know I love the words to that one….. Singin, come out upon my seas Curse missed opportunities Am I, a part of the cure Or am I part of the disease On the other hand, you could be driven by a single line of a single song that has stayed with you for all these years….. mine is “You paved paradise and put up a parking lot” and “they took all the trees and put ’em in a tree museum, and charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ’em.” both from Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell. In November of 2004, Rolling Stone magazine voted Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan as the best of their all time 500 songs. Perhaps the title made it a little partial? Once upon a time you dressed so fine You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you? People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall” You thought they were all kiddin’ you You used to laugh about Everybody that was hangin’ out Now you don’t talk so loud Now you don’t seem so proud About having to be scrounging for your next meal. How does it feel (Chorus) How does it feel To be without a home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone? You’ve gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely But you know you only used to get juiced in it And nobody has ever taught you how to live on the street And now you find out you’re gonna have to get used to it You said you’d never compromise With the mystery tramp, but now you realize He’s not selling any alibis As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes And ask him do you want to make a deal? Chorus You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns When they all come down and did tricks for you You never understood that it ain’t no good You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat Ain’t it hard when you discover that He really wasn’t where it’s at After he took from you everything he could steal. Chorus Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people They’re drinkin’, thinkin’ that they got it made Exchanging all kinds of precious gifts and things But you’d better lift your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it babe You used to be so amused At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used Go to him now, he calls you, you can’t refuse When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose You’re invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal. Chorus

While it’s a great song…. their pic for #3 is my number 1. Imagine ~ John Lennon Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one ____________ Positive Imperative Question. Do you often forget to listen to the lyrics and just have the music on? Are you thankful for some of the lyrics that have touched your heart or made a difference in your life? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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We think fruit is just Peachy....ughhh. :>)

We think fruit is just Peachy....ughhh. :>)

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Day 113 Today we are thankful for fruit! One of the most used metaphors in life is most always used as the word positive, which is food for thought as we hope to bear the fruit of life. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? ~ Albert Einstein The fruit of human kindness, the idea bears fruit, the idea is peachy, she’s the apple of my eye, low hanging fruit, with a cherry on top, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, are all part of the plum assignment, but I sense if I keep it up we all might go bananas :>)…… well they can’t “all” be positive reverences :>). However, as you can see most are.

Fruit is also one of the most alluring things you can put into a photo. Simply looking at a great shot of fruit is inspiring.

From a health perspective, it is no wonder why we are to eat 4 to 5 servings a day of fruit. We can be thankful for the many types of fruit, their awesome taste and over course the countless benefits from helping us to lose weight, to giving us many vitamins and minerals of the highest quality for our bodies to absorb and the rest of the benefits….well they could fill up a book… or several in fact. So, you thought you knew allot about fruit did you? We thank Zack Scott of www.zackscott.net for his insightful tidbits on fruit, and…..

Positive Imperative Question. Will you have your share of fruit today and give thanks for the fruit and those that helped grow and get it from the land to your mouth? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Day 112 Today we are thankful for positive attitudes! A positive attitude sets the stage, provides the environment and foundation of all positive outcomes. I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It’s all how you look at it. J. Kenfield Morley A positive attitude is largely responsible for how you engage your mind. Not only the conscious, the part that governs whether we keep on going or not, but the sub conscious, the part that helps discover solutions and new ideas. When we turn our mind off we also turn off the possibilities!

The glass half full of Positivity is seen through the eyes of positive attitutde!

The glass half full of Positivity is seen through the eyes of positive attitude!

“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.”

~ Zig Ziglar

A positive attitude is also important because it is shared with all the people you encounter, and they will be impacted by your positivity.

A positive attitude causes a ripple effect, a neutral causes stagnant water and a negative attitude can cause a tidal wave

A positive imperative assertion is that a Positive Ripple takes 10 times the effort, a neutral causing stagnent water causes five times the damage, and a negative tidal wave does ten times to the power of 2 damage! A positive attitude starts with the belief that something can be done, something can be changed, that you in fact have the power. This is where YOU set the bar! Positive Imperative Question. Will you have a positive attitude today. How will you measure that positive attitude, and who will you share it with? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

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365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 111 Today we are thankful for our ability to create. Creativity is a blessing which we all possess, but the trick of it is to believe you are creative in the first place. Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” George Bernard Shaw If you really want to boost your creativity….. before you undertake these ten steps, remember the foundation is first to accept that you are creative, which removes the self imposed limitation, and the second is to be thankful for that creativity which you do already have and at what ever level, used or not used. This second steps actually confirms or ratifies the first.

10 Steps for Boosting Creativity
Listen to music by Johann Sebastian Bach. If Bach doesn’t make you more creative, you should probably see your doctor – or your brain surgeon if you are also troubled by headaches, hallucinations or strange urges in the middle of the night.
2. Brainstorm. If properly carried out, brainstorming can help you not only come up with sacks full of new ideas, but can help you decide which is best. Click here for more information on brainstorming.

3. Always carry a small notebook and a pen or pencil around with you. That way, if you are struck by an idea, you can quickly note it down. Upon rereading your notes, you may discover about 90% of your ideas are daft. Don’t worry, that’s normal. What’s important are the 10% that are brilliant.

4. If you’re stuck for an idea, open a dictionary, randomly select a word and then try to formulate ideas incorporating this word. You’d be surprised how well this works. The concept is based on a simple but little known truth: freedom inhibits creativity. There are nothing like restrictions to get you thinking.

5. Define your problem. Grab a sheet of paper, electronic notebook, computer or whatever you use to make notes, and define your problem in detail. You’ll probably find ideas positively spewing out once you’ve done this.

6. If you can’t think, go for a walk. A change of atmosphere is good for you and gentle exercise helps shake up the brain cells.

7. Don’t watch TV. Experiments performed by the JPB Creative Laboratory show that watching TV causes your brain to slowly trickle out your ears and/or nose. It’s not pretty, but it happens.

8. Don’t do drugs. People on drugs think they are creative. To everyone else, they seem like people on drugs.

9. Read as much as you can about everything possible. Books exercise your brain, provide inspiration and fill you with information that allows you to make creative connections easily.

10. Exercise your brain. Brains, like bodies, need exercise to keep fit. If you don’t exercise your brain, it will get flabby and useless. Exercise your brain by reading a lot (see above), talking to clever people and disagreeing with people – arguing can be a terrific way to give your brain cells a workout. But note, arguing about politics or film directors is good for you; bickering over who should clean the dishes is not.

Creativity can be used when you have a blockage of ideas and you seem to be stuck! Mindmaps developed by Tony Buzan are one of the most useful tools to give your creativity process and structure.

Innovation is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure. ~ Albert Einstein Positive Imperative Question. Where can you be more creative in life. Have you been creative in the past? Are you thankful for the creativity you do possess? Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Laughter is a foundation for Positivity.... we need more of this :>)

Laughter is a foundation for Positivity.... we need more of this :>)

365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 108 Today we are thankful for laughter!

Laughter is the best medicine.

If taking vitamins doesn’t keep you healthy enough, try more laughter: The most wasted of all days is that on which one has not laughed. –Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort

Laughter Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the ‘feel good factor’ Acts as aerobic exercise and is like ‘internal jogging’ Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers Great team building tool encourages better communication Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation Encourages positive thinking and creativity Relaxes the whole body by reducing stress and tension Courtesey of the Laughter Network. John Cleese studdied how infectious Laughter is in India. It’s universal to huamnity! But does it work everywhere? Once you really begin to understand the benefits of laughter, you can begin to let it apply to some of the more serious situations in the world to bring some brevity and lighten up what sometimes seems to be an endless stream of negative news. Here’s a remake of the Bruce Cockburn classic that’s brought a smile and some laughter in ernest to so many people over the years.

Miss Laughalot

Miss Laughalot

You can find out more on laughter with the Blog Talk Radio feature from Miss Laughalot. Positive Imperative Question. How can you build laugter into your day, or someone elses. Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 107 Today we are thankful for cats! From musicals to the great MGM Movie Logo, we have always been in love with Cats! Cats They are aloof…. they are independent …. they are funny and amusing….. they are just the opposite of dogs you know…. they are indeed cats ! ! ! Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat. — Robert Heinlein Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. — Garrison Keillor If you’re a cat lover, this is a great collection of some of the funniest Cat pics ever. Positive Imperative Question. So the next time you see a cat, even if you’re not a cat fan…. will you be thankful for all the people cats make happy! They even make some dogs happy you know :>) Victor Sinclair PI/PMI Founder and owner of cats most of his life :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 106 Today we are thankful for innocence.

Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice. Generosity can be called soft-headedness, and observe : the former is disturbing,” ~ Abraham Maslow

There is a balance to all of life. Innocence for bliss is perhaps one extreme, innocence for purity of thought and emotion is the other. We often say, isn’t it interesting when you see things through the eyes of a child. As the child has innocence as their lens on life, they remove the layers we often get as adults. The lenses of skepticism, the lens of suspicion and ultimately the lens of distrust. With each negative lens brings further negativity and ultimately that negativity can change the environment and thus the outcome. So with that balance perhaps the world does need a lot more innocence and that lens would lead to more positivity and possibilities. Certainly that’s part of the message in Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland, and Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus…. for we ultimately can all believe in that we do not see. And for those of you who just have to hear the song one more time and get it straight once and for all, if it was written about drugs or innocence…. this version comes from the song’s writer celebrating 25 blessed years of giving us great inspirational music!

So take a moment and think back to when you were young and innocnet. Back to a time when the earth was green and the loveliest animal was the Unicorn. Fact of fiction didn’t matter… we believed! . . Positive Imperative Question. What did you use to believe in that you can recapture and take ownership of again? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. Victor Sinclair PI / PMI Founder ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Our Day 103 & 104 & 105 appologies… due to server interuption a few of the Posithanks posts were lost. We will hopefully restore them shortly. Butterflies, Hearing & Belief. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

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Day 102 Today we are thankful for people who teach gratitude

Clearly, having it and showing it are two different things. It’s really a subject we can all keep on learning….. There are thousands of reasons to say thank you, and countless people to say it to and hundreds of ways to say it, and even more missed opportunities. For those many people who teach gratitude… we say thank you~! Did you ever miss the opportunity to say thank you and regret it?

PIQ. Positive Imperative Question.

Have you missed the opportunity to say thank you or show your gratitude? Can you still do it? It’s not to late. Ten ways to teach a teenager gatitude. Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here.

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Why this program could change your life!

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365 Days Of Gratitude.Your daily program of thanks.

Day 101 Today we are thankful for our forest fire workers. We often take so much of our world for granted. Anyone who’s been in the vast forests of Maine, New Brunswick, Alberta, California or many other states and provinces will tell you they seem to go on forever. Whether you have a spiritual take on being there or not, did you ever stop and think that someone was watching over you and your family and friends safety? As you stood at the side of the highway at a scenic lookout or been camping in a state or provincial park every second you are there, behind the scenes are a whole infrastructure of Police, Park Wardens and Firefighters constantly monitoring every acre of land around you to ensure your safety. We get desensitized by statistics like millions of animals, millions of acres of forest burning, millions of dollars of homes lost and even sadly when we hear of loss of life of residence or fire fighters.

Forest Fire Fighters in China a global response to an ever increasing threat

Forest Fire Fighters in China; a global response to an ever increasing threat

TURNING WORDS OF THANKS FROM HOT AIR TO TRUE GRATITUDE BY ACTION! While we wouldn’t want to discourage you for one second to give thanks to our fire fighters in your thoughts or prayers, or to even go one step further and walk up to a fire fighter and say “Thank You For Your Service” “Thank you for putting your life on the line to make ours safer”. All of these words truly become hot air (forgive the pun) if they are not congruent with action. If we don’t advocate and participate in safe fire practices then we are in fact a part of the problem and in many cases the cause of these fire fighters coming into harms way. It’s just totally illogical to thank someone on the one hand and then disregard their safety and ours on the other. In-congruent thanks are not worthy. Less than 3% of Fires are by natural causes! Most come from preventable carelessness.

A simple everyday real life scenario As I watched the British Columbia Forest Fires reach an all time level in the history of that province, I wonder how many were needless. According to stats over and over again, far too many of them. I then thought back to a couple of weeks ago when I was in the cottage country in the Muskoka region of Ontario. As I sat peacefully looking out into Lake Kapikog, I noticed a neighbour burning some brush next door. The point of his doing this was lost on me in the first place as there was plenty of places within feet to simply return these cuttings to the forest floor naturally, however sometimes I think we have to make ourselves look busy, so away he went with the fire. Perhaps there’s a pyromaniac in all males but he continued to fuel the fire with more ferns and tree limbs (where he was getting them was beyond me) however it got to the point where I had to shout over that I thought the flames were getting too high. The fire was approximately 10 to fifteen feet away from mature pine-trees with lots of smaller oak and birch around to. Well wasn’t it just another fifteen minutes later and the fire was larger than ever and flames at least ten feet in the air. I guess he was content that his little garden hose would contain any spread of the fire. HOW GROSSLY NAIVE! Once a tree catches fire in the Summer it goes up like an inferno and it wouldn’t be more than five minutes before the surrounding cottages would be engulfed. This time I had to walk about ten feet away and actually YELL at the man to stop! I further pointed out when my blood simmered down from a boil that there was simply no logical reason to have the flames that high, in fact it was down right stupid. While he was very apologetic and at that point and agreed, I couldn’t help thinking that this was a definite case of “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”, and I wasn’t going to give him a third chance to endanger every one’s lives. He was in no hurray, as a retiree he had all the time in the day to keep the fire small and contained. So perhaps I have rambled a bit too long on this, but likely not… we have to make the connection that every day activities are what starts every day forest fires, and though it was also for self preservation, I am glad I did not remain silent and made the conscious decision to intervene even if it was somebody doing something on their own property. I for one don’t believe fire has any respect for property lines!

PIQ Positive Imperative Question. So to be truly thankful for our forest fires and indeed for our forests too, what can you do. Respect the Fire Warning Signs in your area and learn what to do and what not to do….. its that simple, and then also to give thanks for our forest fire fighters who risk their lives to protect ours. I grew up travelling all over the US and in one summer in particular I travelled with my Uncle Victor who was a minister for the first congregational church of New England and his job that summer was to fill in for all the vacationing ministers. It led us to fun places like Chalice Idaho, and many of the sights along the way including Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone Park. That’s where I met Smokey the Bear and learned all about forest fire prevention! Whether you go onto the site or not, you can make this pledge to yourself.

Show your commitment to wildfire prevention.

Take the “Get Your Smokey On” Wildfire Pledge

I pledge to:

BE SMART WHENEVER I GO OUTDOORS

  • To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire.
  • To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors.
  • To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguish before moving on.
  • To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
  • To be aware of my surroundings and careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.

Go Here To Take Your Smokey The Bear Pledege (US Only). Forestry Links US Participating Agency Logos width= Firesafety Links Understanding the complexities of wildfires. Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 100 Today we are thankful for determination

Determination is the relentless choice.

“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.” ~ Denis Waitley

What does determination mean to you? Determination is one of the often used motivational words of our time. Everyone will have their own interpretation of what the word means, and what level of determination becomes realistic for each of us. For some of us, determination is not an option as we have found a cause that is our life’s passion. Sometimes that passion is aligned with our values and interest, and for others the determination comes out of the purpose of the cause itself. To help find a cure for MD. to aid in famine relief in Africa, to bring awareness to the environment. Sometimes that determination becomes inspirational, two great examples are Rick Hansen and Terry Fox.

Rick Hansen crossed Canada and then the world to raise money and awareness for Spinal Cord research. His legacy continues and includes millions of dollars raised, many schools names in his honour and a legacy of hope and millions of fans in China as he conquer the great wall with guts and determination.

Terry Fox, who’s Marathon Of Hope was to run across Canada on one leg also left a legacy of millions of dollars, countless schools and streets named in his honour and a memorial befitting heroes of the world on the Trans Canada highway just South of Thunder Bay where he ran his last mile. Did he make his goal? Yes and No. While his sights were set on getting to Victoria, in straight mileage he took so many detours to cover all the nooks and crannies of Canada that in a straight line he would have made it. His is the ultimate example of heroic determination, where he put his all into raising awareness for Cancer and set a goal that most healthy people with two legs would not entertain, and ultimately died trying. In doing so he likely moved the cause further and inspired more people for more decades to join his dream of a cancer free world. So what of us average mortals and determination. Do we drop the ball because our determination is in a world all together different from Rick Hansen and Terry Fox? Do we look at determination as the everyday milestones of trying to accomplish what may be deemed as not out of the ordinary, but still might be against all odds and quite extraordinary. To be simply determined to finish a marathon, a ten K walk, or simply to reach your level of pledges. Or is determination really more about committing to values. To be determined to get that job, save that money, make that money, lose that weight, be healthy or one of the greatest determinations, to have a happy and healthy family. What ever your level of determination, be grateful for it, celebrate it and build on it. PIQ Positive Imperative Question. Has there been anything in your life you have let slide. Do you need to recommit and bring a new level of determination?

Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here.

Victor Sinclair PI / PMI Founder ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

MS Rona 150 K Bike Ride 2009 Grand Bend to London & Back

MS Rona 150 K Bike Ride 2009 Grand Bend to London & Back

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 97 Today I am thankful for the best Hi Five of my life! …..and so much more, ….. a humbling experience, …..please read on….

Usually when you have finished a long run / walk or bike ride for charity it’s time to give yourself a pat on the back, but if you are using the Posilenz of gratitude, you will be astounded and grateful at the number of things to be in awe of. Here’s my top 5 things I am grateful for, in this years Rona MS 150 Bike Ride. 1,570 Riders rode 235,500 kilometers thanks to the support of + 350 Volunteers a core of dedicated MS staff and raised in excess of 940,000 dollars and counting in aid of finding a cure for over 56,000 Canadians afflicted with MS. The largest amount for this particular ride (one of several throughout Canada) with a tough economy where people said it couldn’t be done.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."    - Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Anthropologist and Writer

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead (1901-1978), Anthropologist and Writer

While everyone that road added to the enthusiasm, for me the two groups that inspired me most were the many young people that rode as well as the many 50 + + + :>) riders whose perseverance was a testament on the importance of good health.

Could you keep up with these youngsters?

Riders & Volunteers like Andrea and Bill Bates fundraise all year doing everything from selling hambergers to going door to door.

Riders & Volunteers like Andrea and Bill Bates fundraise all year doing everything from selling hambergers to going door to door.

. . . . MS Society of Canada Nothing was more inpsiring and humbling than watching the many riders who are aflicted with MS make the ride!

The one thing we all shared was knowing despite any aches and pains or the buckets of rain that befell us, it all just added to the exhilaration of reaching the finish line to remember first hand with a Hi Five why we were all riding.

The Absolute Best Hi Five of My Life !

The Absolute Best Hi Five of My Life !

1,570 riders got a Hi Five as Mike Augustine stayed at the finish line to welcome and thank each and every rider…. the highlight for sure. As the spokesperson for MS in Ontario, Mike spent a lot of time getting his picture taken with riders and volunteers as he inspires us all. Mike will be undertaking two amazing feats. Climbing Mount Everest in a wheel chair next year and the following year hoping to be able to complete the MS 150 K ride himself for the first time….. and we’ll all cheer him on. PIQ Positive Imperative Question. What are you doing the last weekend of July 2010? :>) Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. Victor Sinclair PI / PMI Founder +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

Thanks to the thousands who want to put an end to MS!

Thanks to the thousands who want to put an end to MS!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 98 Today we are thankful for those who participate to help end MS! Early in the morning hundreds prepare, food, routes, warshrooms, bikes, and so much more. (Pics from 2008 Ride).

For every rider there are 10 behind who volunteer, sponsor and donate and another 10 who can’t ride at all.

For every rider, many volunteers are behind the scenes making a difference

For every rider, many volunteers are behind the scenes making a difference

We are mindful as we ride of the many sponsors, who are there in spirt making the ride count as dollars turn in to hope that we pray will turn into a cure.

Two days, and lots of blizters, flat tires, and a few aches along the way we arive at the finish line, and are reminded of why we rode. And yes…. there are some just rewards…. the massage :>) LOL !

But through all the fun, our common bond is that we celebrated our health the best way we could…. by helping others who have not been given that gift. PIQ Positive Imperative Question. How do you celebrate your health? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 97 Today we are thankful for the air that we breath Recently as we all revisited the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo moon walk we all saw how decollete some other worlds can be. The joys of mother nature and every day imenties like the air that we breath gets taken for granted. Posithanks is all about not taking things for granted though.

Recipies we can learn from children

Recipies we can learn from children

Most of the time when we breath our air we are not conscious of the process. Until we don’t or can’t. If we are fortunate to travel to the mountains, we can’t help be conscious of the clean air and appreciate how alive it makes us feel.

Any one with Asthma or other lung disorders will tell you that they are usually more conscious of the breathing process.

PIQ Positive Imperative Question. Do you appreciate the air that you breath. Does that consciousness effect your actions to turn off an idling engine, walk to the store or make a clean air purchase? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 96 Today we are thankful for rainbows. You can be driving along on a rainy day and soon the clouds part on somebody shouts…. look at the rainbow… and every-one’s mood changes as they smile and make a wish. :>) It was Kermit the Frog that gave us the Rainbow Connection. It summed up a connection that we all have with rainbows. We see yet another spectacular amazing phenomenon as a gift of nature and the elements and we are in awe. Sure there’s a scientific explanation, however most of us don’t really give that much thought. While that explanation is also amazing, most of us rather just look at a rainbow and sigh at its beauty and connect to the wonders of creation. Somewhere over the rainbow all of our dreams come true! The lyrics are amazing and say it all.

Rainbow Connection ~ Paul Williams

Why are there so many songs about rainbows And what’s on the other side? Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, And rainbows have nothing to hide. So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it I know they’re wrong, wait and see. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, The lovers, the dreamers and me. Who said that every wish would be heard and answered when wished on the morning star? Somebody thought of that and someone believed it, and look what it’s done so far. What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing? And what do we think we might see? Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me. All of us under its spell, we know that it’s probably magic…. Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices? I’ve heard them calling my name. Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors? The voice might be one and the same. I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it. It’s something that I’m supposed to be. Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me. La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

Sometimes when you read the lyrics, though you’ve heard the song dozens of times, you truly learn it for the first time.

PIQ Positive Imperative Question. Will you stop and make a wish and really pause to enjoy the next rainbow you see? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude.

Your daily program of thanks.

Day 95 Today we are thankful for belief. “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~ Anatole France A chicken or the egg? If you think you can you’re right and if you think you can’t you’re right… the thinking makes it so, and the thinking is often determined by your beliefs. Beliefs are a fascinating topic. They go from one extreme logic and observation, to the other that which you cannot see and faith. No matter which side of the polar it is, your belief is ultimately what governs the mind. It is indeed one of the gifts of humanity. The ability to believe in not just what you see, but ultimately what is possible. It often turns hope into reality, as belief becomes the foundation for action. A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson PIQ Positive Imperative Question Are there beliefs in your life that are not supporting your dreams and goals? Are their opposite beliefs that might? Can you examine one right now? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude. Your daily program of thanks.

Day 94 Today we are thankful for the life of Walter Cronkite The overwhelming consensus…….. There never has been and there never will be another journalist of the likes of Walter Cronkite. For those of us who grew up watching Walter Cronkite we remember the pivotal moments of history, two in particular with the voice and delivery of Cronkite…. the Kennedy Assassination and the First Man On The Moon. Both of which we could not imagine another anchorman covering. From an impact in history perspective he is credited by Lyndon Johnson and others as likely changing the war in Vietnam by hastening its ending with comments about the war not being able to be won. His legacy will not only be his infamous broadcasts, but his integrity as a human being. For those reading this that did not grow up or experience Walter Cronkite first hand, they have an iconic broadcaster they can study to learn about the foundations of great journalism.

We are thankful in so many ways for the life of Walte Cronkite. Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude. Your daily program of thanks.

Day 93 Today we are thankful for our stars! Sometimes nothing more needs to be said that a picture……. A picture is worth a thousand words. A picture of a thousand stars is worth……..

Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

PIQ Positive Imperative Question. Thankful for your stars? Going to make a wish tonight? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude. Your daily program of thanks.

Day 92 Today we are thankful for television. TV gets a really bad wrap when it comes to junk-food for the mind, and time management and rightly so…… On the other hand… it provides us with many gifts as well. Likely most of them we take for granted…..

TV is Good or bad by the nature of the content, not the medium

TV is Good or bad by the nature of the content, not the medium

As with most things TV is not good or evil… it’s what you do with it and how you use it….. Bruce Springsteen’s famous song 57 Channels and nothing on was a great social commentary about people who watch TV for no particular reason and channel surf going from one mindless program to another, to another and then landing on an infomercial. The 57 Channels obviously didn’t include Oprah being on or PBS or a National Geographic documentary or even one of the reality Dance/Music programs like American Idol which has indeed elevated the popularity of music… which from my perspective is good, not to mention music artists with a good message like David Cook and David Archuleta among others. It also didn’t take into account that unless you have videos of your faves.. some of the re-run channels still carry greats like I Love Lucy. I television program that made millions laugh and did a lot to advance women and their role in society for the day. Lucy was creative, a hard worker, funny, and a good friend, with lots of love but not perfect. I get a smile on my face every time I think of some of the episodes like the Chocolate Factory and Lucy and Ethel working on the assembly line.

I Love Lucy, some of the most entertaining, and creative television every made.

I Love Lucy, some of the most entertaining, and creative television every made.

From All In The Family to Little House On The Prairie to I Love Lucy… there is so much to be thankful for and thousands of people who have made television the positive success it is as well. PIQ. Positive Imperative Question. Do you watch tv with discretion. Do you intentionally watch PVR positive television? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Why this program could change your life!

Why this program could change your life!

365 Days Of Gratitude. Your daily program of thanks.

Day 91 Today we are thankful for exercise. Between television, radio ads and thousands of reminders on Twitter we are constantly reminded about the importance of exercise. Though the many benefits of participating are common sense, in many cases they may not motivate you to get on your running shoes. However there is one approach that you may not have thought of that could work wonders. The law of displacement once again says that if you fill your cup full of one thing there’s no room for another. If you are actually grateful for having the capacity to exercise, you will likely enjoy it more as well.

If mom likes to exercise the daughter will too

This morning while out on my 10k bike ride I noticed a group of ladies out with their exercise mats in the local park. I couldn’t help but notice how much fun they were having. As I took that observation an mulled it over, I also began to notice a number of the joggers, walkers and bikers were in the same frame of mind which lead me to connect the importance of gratitude and exercise. What really seemed at play here were people who understood and appreciated the joy of exercise and let that notion reflect in the energy and fun to which they approached their routines. When you truly appreciate something you take good care of it. Once you appreciate the ability to exercise it acts as an extention of your values that you also are thankful for your health. The expodential benefits continue as once you have done your exercise session you also feel good that you have that under your belt as well, which removes that nagging voice reminding you that you haven’t done what you know you should do. Apprciate that you can, be thankful for the benefits and celebrate your health. PIQ Positive Imperative Question Do you apreciate your health….. do you show your apreciation? Please take the time and share your thoughts and help inspire by clicking here. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Victor Sinclair. VP of VSC International, Founder of the Positive Imperative and the Positive Music Imperative movements/concept and community, has a wide background in teaching, broadcasting, the music industry and business and most recently served as a founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada (AmCham Canada). He has also dedicated more than 30 years of his life to volunteerism and not for profits including Big Brothers, Memorial Boys and Girls Clubs, Minor Leagues Sports and as a President and board member of several not-for-profit boards. Interests include family, biking, tennis, reading, music and PI/PMI of course. http://www.vscinternationalcorp.com http://www.positiveimperative.com http://www.positivemusicimperative.com http://www.twitter.com/posimperative http://www.facebook.com/Vic.Sinclair http://www.linkedin.com/in/victorsinclair

 
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