How do you keep your positive, upbeat attitude when you are around others who are negative?


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For the fun of it

You’ve probably seen a dog in a big stretch, the kind that explains the yoga pose called Downward-Facing Dog.

photo of a woman and a dog head to head, each in downward dog pose

This weekend I got to witness a honey of a yellow lab who periodically just joyously drops and puts herself into Thread The Needle. I kid you not.

photograph of a tatooed man in thread the needle pose

Quite honestly, I am inspired. I now realize I have been holding a belief that moving my body during this time is causing some current physical limitations to be made worse. That “once my body feels better, then I will be able to walk/stretch/exercise/move more intentionally.”

But watching the happiness of this dog, just doing her thang in the simple moments and enjoying it, was enlightening:

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Happy New Year

Happiness is where we begin, not something we’ve earned at the end. We get to be happy now, right in the midst of it all as it unfolds.

Happiness is not selfish, nor is it at the expense of others. (If my neighbor is suffering, I can’t truly be happy.) Happiness involves caring about and for others, while not forgetting our own selves.

So these are the kinds of resolutions I will make this New Year:

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Yuletide blessings

Local church billboard that says a long time ago in a galilee far far away jesus our saviour was born

A billboard that I see on my drive into town. Light and shadow playing on the landscape out my window. House wrapped just before subzero temperatures arrived. A winter driveway that takes my breath away every time I turn down it. Bunny tracks on the deck. Joyful yard decorations. The addition of This Daughter.

Just a few of the many blessings I have this season.

What are you blessed by during this time?

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Dwelling in Spirit

Murphy’s Law says, “Anything that can go wrong, will.”

Spirit’s Law says, “Anything that can go right, will.”


Once we start noticing all the things that are going right, that is all we are going to see.

Have a beautiful day!

I see you.

gina drellack is the author of This Time, Glide: Stop Struggling for Success and Start Achieving through Ease and Joy, available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Balboa Press. She is also a contributing author to Animals: Personal Tales of Encounters with Spirit Animals, available at AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Sacred Stories.

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