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The Social Media tidal wave is gaining momentum, are you prepared?

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

Anthony J. D'Angelo

It is not easy these days as so many struggles to deal with problems created by a world in economic turmoil. Many have fallen into depression waiting for something good to happen while they wallow in self pity. Fortunately most of the people I know who have suffered have realized that they don’t have to let the world take them down. These good folks sustain an attitude of positive expectation rising above their material difficulties. These are not people who ignore their problems rather they are people who understand that material belongings are not the most important things in our lives. I recently ran across an article written by Barbara Giamanco, the CEO of Talent Builders that is worth reading, here in part is what she wrote:

In Corporate America, we see people suffering from a severe affliction that I like to call the "corporate coma." People aren't walking through their work lives with joy and ease or a sense that they are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Instead, a type of malaise has settled over employees in companies everywhere. Today's economic fears and negativity, encouraged all too frequently by the media, only adds the proliferation of "what's the use" attitudes. The result is an apathetic, largely checked out workforce who up to go through the motions in order to take home the paycheck.

Those of us working outside those corporate halls are not immune to feeling invisible, unappreciated for our gifts and talents, or feeling just plain beaten down by the constant demands of business and life. The constant barrage of negative information coming at us can erode our confidence, if we let it.

Big change is sorely needed in our world, and it starts with each one of us. What's happening nationally doesn't have to be our world locally. We have all heard it said that we are what we think about. I'd like to take that a step further and say that we are also what we "talk about." What we say -- the words we use -- largely determines our success or failure.

What are you saying right now? Are you complaining about what you don't have or what you do have? Are you blaming the economy or others for what's not working in your life right now? If you are, that's an attitude that will get you nowhere and it never will. James Arthur Ray in his book "Harmonic Wealth" says, "Energy flows where attention goes." Whether you realize it or not, our words are powerful, energetic forces that have the power to harm or heal. They can either empower or disappoint. They can lift up or drag down. Choose your words carefully. Ask yourself if they help you or harm you. Banish words that keep you and others rooted in mediocrity. Commit to yourself that you will not be one of those people who use "the economy" as an excuse for not accomplishing your goals. Have a positive mental attitude, plan what you want to accomplish, develop your skills, use positive words, and stay focused on the action you need to take to achieve the success you desire.

Finally, remember to maintain an "attitude of gratitude." If you find yourself sinking into feelings of fear and worry, I encourage you to stop for a minute to take stock of all the gifts you have in your life right now, because I'm betting there are plenty of them if you just take a minute to look around. Create a gratitude list and refer to it often. Remaining grateful for what we have is a surefire way to keep us on a positive track. And remember to say "thank you" to others around you for a job well done, a business connection made, or a helping hand offered.

A positive mental attitude backed up by positive and inspiring language is one of the single biggest determinants of success. So shut out the noise. Ignore the negativity. Stay focused on your goals, speak positively to yourself and others, and watch your success soar!


Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come.

Chinese Proverb


Helpful hints from the hostess with the mostess:

1. When one hosts a dinner party, it is essential that all the place mats match, or, at the very least, that they all come from the same fast-food restaurant.

2. Entertaining in your backyard? The key to a nice-looking lawn is a good mower. I recommend one who's muscular and shirtless.

3. My favorite party game is "Pin the Cleanup on the Guests."

4. Nothing in the world is quite so entertaining as pouring old milk into new containers before having guests over.

5. A good host must always be a STICKLER for attractive food presentation! I always take the foil COMPLETELY OFF the TV dinner before serving.

6. Getting your home in tiptop shape for a party can be fun if you think of it as kicking dust bunnies!

7. Take short cuts! I used to offer my guests instant coffee. They kept whining for hot water to go with it.

8. The best way to prepare a roast is to make an aluminum foil tent over your roasting pan. Similarly, the best way to prepare for relatives is to pitch a tent in the backyard and stay there until they leave.

9. When decorating for a party, be creative with regular household items. Some people might just see a moldy shower curtain with torn eyelets. What do I see? A new tablecloth.

10. The better you cook, the more likely your guests will return. Which is why I'm not usually too hot in the kitchen.


"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."

Stephen Wright


She said: I myself have become quite a frivolous old gal since I wrote you last. As a matter of fact, I'm seeing five different gentleman everyday.

When I get up in the morning, Will Power gets me out of bed. Then I immediately go see John. A few minutes later, Charley Horse comes along. When he leaves, Arthur-itis shows up and finally I'm so tired, I go to bed with Ben Gay.


By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he's too old to go anywhere.


Early one evening a gentleman scuttled out to his garage and pulled the lawn furniture out onto the driveway. Shortly after followed the lawnmower, a few gardening tools and a bicycle.

A curious neighbor wandered over and asked if he was going to have a garage sale.

"No," replied the gentleman, "my son just bought his first car and right now he's getting ready for a big date."

"So what's with all the stuff?" asked the neighbor.

"Well, after years of moving tricycles, toys and sports equipment out of the way every time I came home from work I wanted to make sure the driveway was ready for him."


Don't frown; you never know who is falling in love with your smile.


A woman phones up her husband at work, "I've got some good news and some bad news for you dear"

"I'm sorry honey," he says, "I'm up to my neck in work today and I'm totally stressed, so just give me the good news, OK?"

"Well," she says, "the air bags work... "


She said: I have found at my age going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of my face.


Unhappy at the state of Junior's room, his mother came up with a new rule:

Each time she had to pick something up off the floor of his room, Junior would have to pay her a dime. At the end of the week, she added up the chores and demanded ninety cents.

Junior paid her and said, "Thanks, Mom. Keep up the good work!"


Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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