Love Life

This weekend was a glorious, sunny weekend here in the UK. It seemed that everyone was out, in the parks, on the beaches, anywhere they could catch some rays and enjoy the great weather.  It seems to have been a long winter, with the massive flooding on the coasts here, the devastation the weather and water brought to businesses, homes and families.  Then we were struck with massive gales that affected the whole of the country.  I don’t think there were many places that came off unscathed at some point this winter.

Everyone has been talking about the dreadful weather we’ve had this winter, but I doubt it will be long before many are complaining about the heat in the summer too.  It seems nothing pleases us any more, there’s always something to complain about.

Too many people spend too much time criticising, regretting, being stuck in a place they don’t want to be, and it’s a shame because there is so much more to life and so much about life to enjoy.

A great way to start turning your thinking around is to try to focus on the good things that happen rather than the not so good.  At the end of each day try to spend a small amount of time for yourself.  Keep a journal where you can write each day.  Try to write about all the things that were good about the day, things that went right or things that made you glad or content.  Soon enough you’ll find your thinking starts to focus on the better things rather than the things that are not so good.  It is also really good practise for you if you are thinking of blogging in the future.  It creates a writing routine in your life.

I have been blogging for a number of years now and every week I try to find a topic to write about that is positive and that encourages others to think in a positive way.

Start your journal today and if you get to the point where you want to share your thoughts with the blogging community drop me an email and I’ll help you to set up your future online.

 

22 Comments

  • Kathleen Gage
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    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    You’re so right. People complain about something when they are in the middle of it. It changes to what they wanted, they forget they wanted it and complain about the current situation. 🙂

    The secret to happiness (and this is really no secret) is to be grateful for what we have when we have it.

    Great idea on the journaling.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 10, 2014

      Hi Kathleen, thanks for visiting. Great thoughts, being grateful is something we can all work on and it will certainly help to improve the way we see things around us.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Monna Ellithorpe
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    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    Hi Mandy,

    Your post is right in sync with how I believe. I always start the day with an encouraging quote and it makes the day so much easier and “yes” even fun.

    Have a beautiful afternoon, Monna
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Monna, thanks for visiting. I do believe you have the right attitude, and starting the day with an encouraging quote is a great way to set your thoughts up for the day ahead. I also use daily quotes!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Merle
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    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    We certainly have had our fair share of bad weather this winter and love the post. I think we are a nation of complainers but no point in that. Like the idea of a journal for all the good things that happen. Thanks for sharing,.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Merle, thanks for visiting. I know other cultures don’t have the propensity to complain as much as we seem to! A journal is so helpful, I think everyone should try to keep one.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Adrienne
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    Reply Reply March 10, 2014

    I seriously believe Mandy that if some people didn’t have anything to complain about then they wouldn’t be happy at all. They just like to be miserable.

    I’m glad you shared this message and I would hope that others would realize that we have each new day to be grateful for.

    I was watching Dateline last night and it was about a festival that a bunch of people had attended back in the summer of 2011. Something they have every year and as they were getting ready for the concert to start, a gust of wind came through and knocked the entire scaffolding down onto the crowd. Seven people were killed and others seriously injured yet we complain about the weather. Really!

    There are so many things around us that we should be grateful for so I hope that we all learn to love life and cherish today because it’s all we really have.

    ~Adrienne
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Adrienne, thanks for visiting. I totally agree with you, we do indeed have far more to worry and complain about, but often it’s the little things that get to us and the bigger things we just deal with. I wonder if we somehow think we can change the little things by moaning about them, whereas the bigger things can’t be changed so you just deal with it.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Chery Schmidt
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    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    Hi Mandy
    Love your blog as well as your post..

    OH Yes we do like to complain about the weather HUH? Well here in the north woods of Wisconsin we had 56 days of record breaking COLD weather now that is something to complain about hehe Today was beautiful No complaints here! :))

    I do love the idea of a journal and do need to get into this habit more often. i find when I do journal in the mornings my day does seem to go better,

    Thanks for the reminder.. Chery :))
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Cherry, thanks for visiting. And thanks so much for the compliment! I spent a lot of time getting my blog the way I wanted it, and I do love it too!

      Journals are a very good way of not only keeping track of things but having something to refer to, so do try to keep one.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Susan Cooper
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    Reply Reply March 11, 2014

    I agree. it’s so easy to complain. When we take the time to realize all that we have to be thankful for it’s pretty amazing how all those complaints go away. I have never been good at journalling. I think that it’s because of my dyslexia. Regardless, I have found a great way to share and be creative in blogging. I’ve been blogging now for a few years and it’s been a wonderful journey where I’ve meet some pretty amazing people. 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Susan, thanks for visiting. Sometimes a journal can take the form of a different type of recording, it doesn’t always have to be written. Even if you just make time to recap on the day in your head it will ensure the memory stays there and is available for future reference. There is a theory that if we say something 12 times it stays with us. If you were able to use some voice recognition software you could translate your speach into written words too.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Hi Mandy ,
    you are right ,some people always have to complain ,
    I too like to start the day positive ,
    We should look for things we are grateful for.
    Complaining is a bad habit.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. I have a box full of positive thoughts for the day and pick a random one out each morning, it’s a great start to the day.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Terry

    Reply Reply March 12, 2014

    I am positive usually. I am looking forward to the end of a long winter !!

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Terry, thanks for visiting. I agree with you, the winter has been mild, but therefore wet and windy, but it seems a long time since last summer!

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Nate

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    People who complain alot sometimes do not realize their complaing. I think if they stopped complaining, their life would be boring so that’s why they tend to hold onto it for dear life!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply March 27, 2014

      Hi Nate, thanks for visiting. I agree with you, I do believe a lot of people are so hooked into the pattern of complaining that they do not see it. As you say, if only they could change their behaviour then things would be so much better for them.

      Enjoy the journey.

      Mandy

  • Lesly Federici
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    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    Yes… too much negativity and it’s really a struggle because you can so easily do the same, right? You’ll not only have a better day, but your life will be better when you focus on what’s right… I’ve kept a journal since I was 16… I don’t know what I would do without it … it helps me to stay centered and calm.. to let go of things… wonderful post …
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  • Willena Flewelling
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    Reply Reply March 14, 2014

    Oh Mandy, you caught me red-handed! Timely message for me, because I’ve been having one of those days when nothing pleases ME! Laughing at myself, and ready to turn it around and watch my day get better. 🙂

    Willena
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  • Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Mandy,

    You are so right. Many people keep complaining about the bad weather while others stay indoors and do something creative. Some focus on cooking healthy meals. Others get some of the tedious work done on the their business – or get their taxes done early. Some do extra reading and writing.

    It depends upon what we choose. I have had glorious weather here in South Florida, yet I have been indoors a lot seeing clients, writing and connecting on the computer. So for me, the weather is not really mattering that much.

    But it’s like they say about money, “money doesn’t make you happy or bring you love but it pays for…. (my favorite is that is pays for the first date).

    Warm sunny weather doesn’t bring you happiness but it can take the chill out of your thought process.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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  • Jacs Henderson
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    Reply Reply March 16, 2014

    A journal is a good idea – for many years I kept a diary – but not sure how many words of wisdom went into it! More like the ravages of work and relationships, But it may be time for me to start afresh and record my thoughts through a journal. I enjoy blogging as a way to share positive and helpful things and definitely love the sunshine – however hot – and hate complainers, about anything!!
    thanks Mandy 🙂
    Jacs
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