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FHE lesson on Positive Thinking and our thankful tree, day 28

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I had mentioned that I was going to pick one of the 5 family projects
to start with my family at our next family home evening. My little ones were most interested in the thankful tree. I thought I would go ahead and include the lesson that my daughter shared with us and other elements that could be incorporated into a family home evening.

Family Home Evening Lesson-Positive Thinking
Prayer
Song- There is Sunshine in my Soul Today
Scripture- Proverbs 17:22
Lesson- Share the inspiring article A Positive Attitude in which a father recounts how his four year old daughter’s attitude triumphed over difficult physical restrictions while being treated for a disease that was affecting her hip bones.
Activity- make a thankful tree (or one of (these other great projects)
Treat- Quick and Easy Brownies (Who knew you didn’t need a box mix for brownies? I know now! Felt pretty domestic after I whipped these up from scratch! And that powdered sugar sprinkle on top brought me back to… well, the elementary lunchroom cafeteria… in a good way.)

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Each family member filled out several thankful tree leaves on the first night… though I see I am going to have to keep reminding everyone to add more- except Seth who doesn’t need a reminder. I think he has put up 6 leaves that read “Mom” and I don’t think it is because it is one of a few words he can spell… or is it? Dave and I had to laugh that he and I were thinking alike with our first additions. I wrote “cool breezes and warm sunshine,” while he wrote “scalding baths and freezing ice packs.” (His poor aching body.)

Invitation: Spend time talking with your family about what you are thankful for. Choose a family project to reinforce the topic.

Continiue to Day 29, saying thank you [thank you card printables].

For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.

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feel good music playlists, days 26 and 27

jon bon jovie quote, cgdickson the blogMusic is one of 7 ways to boost your mood. Today I’m sharing my feel good music playlists. Songs on my first list are my self confidence boosters- reminding me that I’m awesome and loved, just the way I am. These tunes reinforce the message of self-love and forgiveness as talked about on days 19-23 of the 31 Days of Positive Thinking series. Just click on the bold “my power songs” heading to listen to or watch the videos.

my power songs

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
The Muppets (2011) – Me Party
Martina McBride – My Baby Loves Me Just the Way That I Am
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
Trisha Yearwood – Real Live Woman
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Eric Church – Like Jesus Does (Acoustic)

Next up are “my happy songs.” This list was a little harder to generate. It’s my personality to be more dramatic and deep than to be light and fun but I need a little of that too. Again, you can click the bold heading “my happy songs” to listen to or watch the videos.

my happy songs

Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
Jack Johnson – Upside Down
Keith Urban – Little Bit Of Everything
The Beatles- Here Comes The Sun
James Taylor – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Schroeder-Headz – Linus and Lucy / Schroeder-Headz
Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker – When The Sun Goes Down
Chipmunks and Chipettes – I Got a Feeling – Chipmunks and Chipettes

Invitation: Listen to some of your feel good songs today and share one in the comments.

Continue to Day 27, FHE Lesson on Positive Thinking and Our Thankful Tree.

For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.

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November 21, 2013 - 6:20 pm

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thankful… get your kids talking, day 25

thankful, 3 things, CG Dickson the blogWant a simple way to incorporate thankfulness into your child’s everyday routine? As promised, here’s another one:

I love the idea of asking your child to name three things for which they are thankful. What a great way to not only get kids counting their blessings, but also to encourage them to talk about their day. This little chat could ensue during a car ride home from school, at the dinner table, or perhaps during bath time (for those little tots that still need mom’s help.)

For me, the most natural time add this to our routine is to make it a part of bedtime… book, song, and thankful list! So that’s what I will do for my youngest two. I’m even going to pop into the bedrooms of my oldest two as they are heading to bed and see what they have to say. Hopefully, it is more than “Mom! I don’t like people coming in my room.”

Continue to Days 26 and 27, Feel Good Music Playlists.

For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.

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don’t compare yourself to others, day 24

comparison is the theif of joy, theodore rooseveltA couple of years ago I gave a lesson to a group of women at church in which I talked about how awesome each daughter of God is. I can’t forget the impression of the truth of what we discussed. Oh, if we could only see ourselves through His eyes! We would know that we are loved for who we are right now, and that our potential is limitless! If we women truly understood this principle, I think we would stop comparing ourselves to each other.

There is plenty of awesome in the world. Just because one woman is awesome at gardening doesn’t mean that you can’t be an awesome gardener too, if you want to be. It’s not a matter of some get all the awesome and some don’t get any. No! We each have awesome gifts. And if gardening is not one of them (raising my hand) that is 100% fine… we can admire the beautiful roses of our neighbor and maybe be the lucky recipient of cucumbers and tomatoes from the friend down the street. Don’t let someone’s strengths remind you of your weaknesses. Enjoy the gifts and talents of others. Learn from them. Be inspired. Encourage others in their happy successes!

And let yourself be encouraged in the wonderful things you do! Think about how you can share your talents with others and get busy doing it.

The truth is that each person has both strengths and weaknesses. That’s the way God made us. We can help each other. Recognizing our own weakness (now, I said recognizing… NOT beating ourselves up over it) is actually a great reminder that we are not expected to travel this road of life alone. We need our Savior, family, friends, and kind strangers.

I recommend reading the article Less Comparison, More Self-confidence by Edie Wadsworth of Life in Grace blog. Her words perfectly describe the loss that is felt when we judge ourselves as being inferior to another. She says, “…comparing ourselves to others doesn’t just steal our joy, it robs those around us of the rare gift of a woman who has learned to give her uniqueness to the world.”

Invitation: Give a sincere compliment to that person who you have (previously) envied, and graciously receive the next compliment you are given.

Continue to Day 25, Thankful… get your kids talking.

For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.

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forgive yourself, day 23

c joybell c, forgiveness, cg dickson the blogThis topic has been on my mind for a very long time. I am still in the process of forgiving myself (and probably will be forever since I continually make mistakes.) However, there is something I think I have beat myself up over long enough. I want to put it in the past. I regret years of putting my physical health on the back burner, resulting in an unhealthy amount of weight gain. I find that when I make a commitment to move forward in healthier habits, I am often confronted with the mistakes of my past. Thoughts come to mind like, “how could you let it get this bad?!” and “you did this to yourself, so it is only fitting that you suffer for it.” Sure, our choices have consequences, and I am living with mine. But… how much negative self talk is enough already? And what does it take to fell worth making the change?

For a few months I have entertained the idea of writing a letter of forgiveness to myself. Just like Erin Pavlina recommends that we approach ourselves as we would someone we love very much. I want to talk to myself that way. I started writing that letter today.

I know that a big part of my being able to let go of past mistakes is to really feel that my Father in Heaven forgives me. If He forgives me, then who am I to withhold forgiveness? So I began praying for this assurance and have been led to read different things that are building my confidence like Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s counsel to “be patient with yourself.”

Let it Go, vintage sunshine

printable by Vintage Sunshine

I think the road to forgiving oneself will be somewhat different for everyone, so even if I had found my way (which I haven’t yet) I could not say this worked for me and you should do it too. However, I know that if you turn to God and ask for guidance you will get exactly what you need.

Invitation: If you have something that you often berate yourself for- it can be a weakness you struggle with, a poor choice you made, or an unfortunate incident for which you blame yourself, please watchthis Carol Tuttle mini-healing session and seek to find and feel the forgiveness that you need to free yourself from that burden– the one you have been carrying for far too long. Show love to yourself by letting go.

Continue to Day 24, Don’t Compare Yourself to Others.

For the introduction and list of daily topics for my project, 31 Days of Positive Thinking, go here.

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