Monday, May 20, 2013

Be Postitive Day Eve

Intellectually, I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
Sinclair Lewis
US novelist (1885 - 1951)

A busy weekend, with two jobs, three if you count conference committee.  Our writing group is planning a conference for November.  I think it's the tenth annual?  Apparently I'm on the Door Prize committee and I've agreed to hold a key--I'm not sure what I'm to do with it.  It goes to a post office box.  I wonder what kind of mail it holds? 
Should I be concerned?  Do I dare go check it?  I mean, nobody wanted this key.  Should I have refused?
So, it would be easy to not blog today, but I'm learning discipline in writing.  Can't grow as a writer if you don't write, right?  (that's right, I meant to do that)
Tomorrow is  International Be Positive Day.  Go to Sharon K. Mayhew's site for more information on how to be involved.
With everything going on in Oklahoma today, I had to wonder, do I really want to be positive tomorrow?  But, then I realized, YES!  Not only do I want to, but I need to be.  It's more important now than ever.  We have to send positive encouragement, prayers, support--whatever is needed to wherever it is needed. So much tragedy happens everywhere in the world.  We need to be optimistic. Being positive doesn't mean being flippant or having a pie in the sky view.  It means choosing hope and believing I'm more than my circumstances.  I can't choose what happens but I can choose my response. 
I'm thankful for my family in Oklahoma being safe tonight.  I pray for them and for the families who didn't fare well and who've lost loved ones.  Not just Oklahoma, but all of the Midwest.
It's an opportunity once again for Americans to be united in support for our people.

Back on the Road stopping at some cool tourist traps...oops, I mean blog spots:
Some Dark Romantic  Awesome reflections post, but don't stop there on her blog.
From the Inkwell, From the Vein writers should be naked and strange.  Trust me, you want to read it.
Sue Ann Bowling  Check out her book, Homecoming. It's not what you think.
Tales of the Rock  Very cool, especially if you like ghosts.  I know I do!
Blogging on the Brink check out an ex-librarian turned rockin' numbers cruncher.  Good music, too.
A Faraway View  About dreams, good, bad, what they mean.  Read before you sleep...
Claire Gillian  a lot to see at this site. Some intriguing romance to be found
J.Lenni Dorner  Check out her A to Z story and campaign against CAPTCHA
Moments of Introspection  heartwarming dog tails--tales--but that's not all to see
Destination:  Fiction  Lovely photos, informative, entertaining posts
Emily Unraveled  don't get a tat until you read her May 20th post

What's right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity - intellect and resources - to do some thing about them.
Henry Ford II
US automobile manufacturer (1917 - 1987)



  1. Hi Bethie .. it is a good day to be positive - so many have suffered, and will continue to suffer, but through donations we can help.

    I'm pleased to read your family is safe ..

    Good to see the links - mostly new to me too .. cheers but with thoughts for the Midwest .. Hilary

  2. Yes being positive and having HOPE is important. I hate hearing only negative things and people acting like they can't do anything about it. Continuing to blog and visit through the various a-z linky's

  3. Well said, Bethie. I had a hard time writing the positive post because Oklahoma weighs heavy on my heart. But a few faithful friends reminded me that bad things happen in the world every day and we must go on and be positive.

    I continue to hope and pray more people will be found alive in Oklahoma.

  4. Bethie, this is such a wonderful post. Thank you, thank you! I'm so thankful your family is safe. And I pray for those who didn't have good news about family. It's just so painful. Knowing fellow Americans are hurting so bad. Tweeting these meaningful words of yours. Hugs. *waves peace sign*

  5. Bethie,

    Glad I found your blog. You have great lists everyday. I will definitely read to found out more about others on the blogosphere. thanks for your encouragement too.

  6. I am praying for Oklahoma too. It is so sad for those families that lost loved ones. God will see us as a nation through this time too.