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Better To Think New Thoughts

Before we begin: See on twitter Oliver Hunt, #Oliverthereader, Narrator of William Pardon Tankerfield the Third and a Googol of Wishes, is celebrating his brother Jon’s new music release . LISTEN HERE.   Positively magical.

It would be great to share a beautiful piece of music. Helping people unfold their dreams! So Good!  Goes right along with positive thinking!

Positive Thoughts, Positive Life Products

In first three years of your life you were in the receptive mode much of the time. You were observing the world around you and you freely interacted with it. You may not have many memories of this time. You were engrossed in relating and interacting with people, places and things around you. Your eyes and attention were often wide open!

Whenever your body felt something you did not choose, you learned to communicate through crying. When you were delighted, you often let it all out with screams of joy. You were close to your non-physical being-ness. Your parents often saw you staring blankly into space and wondered what world you were in.

Now you may be pretty much set in your ways. Even the most conscious of us, forget old thoughts can become stagnant and negative. Negative thoughts can influence our life. One negative plus one negative equal two negatives. Two negatives plus two negatives equal four negatives. When our thoughts center around worrying over money, a test, the loss of a friend, or even remembering hurtful experiences, we block the possibilities of positivity!

The thing is you can’t have any happiness without positivity. This is due to the fact happiness cannot coexist with negativity. Changing your world depends on your ability to live in a happy environment. Your biggest job today is to find ways to improve upon negative thinking.

Re-wording the way you talk about something can create a more positive thought.

Words are formed to express a specific meaning or attitude.  Words have the power to hold us in current situations. Words are close evidence of our thoughts.

Yet, we use words so casually. We seldom think about word’s impact on ourselves and others. We sprinkle words around from morning to night and rarely take responsibility for them or notice how they form our day.  We have been born into a world of pre-existing meaning.  It is challenging to break away from negativity.  

GETTING TO HAPPY: Learning to Read Emotional Messages — Barbara Dean Aliaga

A challenge is never to be feared! I believe you can have no thoughts without words. So, how we use them is important!


  • ARE LIGHTLY THOUGHTFUL. Remember the infant/toddler? Can’t you hear the little one coo and giggle at what is seen, felt, heard, touched, smelled?
  • EMIT GENEROSITY. It is easy to relate to others with inclusivity and without judgement when you engage in positive words .
  • SEND MESSAGES OF EASE, WELL-BEING, SATISFACTION. Whether you are walking to work, washing the dishes, mowing the lawn, driving a car, making dinner, when positive thoughts are vibrating within your brain, you receive happy messages. This way you will know your thinking is positive. If you feel poorly, you are thinking negative thoughts, even if you are not paying attention.

Exercising, socializing and meditating will help wean you from negative thinking (worry, anxiety, disappointment, anger, resentment, jealousy, depression, etc.). Choosing on-going education is an excellent way to change your thoughts by improving your words. This can include traveling to a new country or state, walking across the street to get better acquainted with a neighbor, reading a book difficult for you to read, listening to a new type of music until you can understand its magic.

As part of your early morning preparation for the day, it can be fun to choose one new person, place or thing you are going to meet up with this day. This is how I came up with the February Commitment to Write Challenge!

You may agree, when you first realized the power you have over your life, everything changed. Now it is time to better understand this power. We are here as individuals. Yet we are also here intrinsically joined to every person, place and thing. What choices will we make for ourselves, realizing the impact on others. Are we able to lift ourselves up and others also. This is the new way of thinking that brings a more positive life.

One positive plus one positive always leads to a better direction. The time is now! Best to you, Barbara

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Nostalgia in the 60’s

Im’ soon to take a trip to Berkeley, California.  I’m staying at the Claremont Hotel, where I grew up just a few blocks away!  Sounds like a great, fun time.  Now I thought I’d try to think of as many places that were around when I was growing up.  Maybe you’ll remember a few of them.

    • The Smoke House on Woolsey, I think.  It was a little, and I mean little hut with a big grill that continually cooked hamburgers.  You could smell the hamburgers from blocks away and most of us found our way to this afternoon delight.
    • Botts ice-cream on College Avenue near Ashby.  The ice-cream was never disappointing and it took at least 15 minutes to choose the special flavor.
    • the Donut Shop on Ashby, just a couple of shops from College.  A walk to that store was a way to start any Saturday morning.  We’d bring them home and put them a big beautiful platter.  And that was caused everyone to wake up fast!
    • There were two drug stores with a soda fountain  — and a soda jerk.  Might sound like a funny name to call someone who was putting together a chocolate soda or banana split.  Drug stores had a way to cure people’s ills by letting them sit on a spinning stool next to other neighbors and share a story or two.  Everyone always felt better after the visit.  In my day, there was Roger.  We all had a crush on Roger who would put extra cherries in the cherry coke. We also enjoyed watching him drive off in his hot rod.  He was the coolest!  By the way, a cherry coke had coke syrup, cherry syrup and soda that spurted out from a metal fountain.  Half the fun of drinking the coke was watching it get made and talking (flirting) with Roger.
    • Hink’s Department Store.  A two story department store on Shattuck Avenue.  It also had a little eating area upstairs, where you could buy a piece of pie or have some ice tea or even a sandwich.  I think it was there to let you think about that outfit that you put back.  Hink’s had a feeling of fine clothes and you always were glad to bring home a special something.  They also let you charge on your mother’s Hink’s credit card.  Can you imagine that?!
    • Berkeley High tennis courts.  There were “pro’s” who could and would teach you during the summer as part of a city program.  It was free.  All you had to do is walk down to the courts and play.  It was hot and fun and memorable.
    • John Muir Elementary at the corner of Ashby and Claremont Avenue;  There was a brick wall that was the back of an auto shop.  We used to use it to play tennis by hitting the balls against the wall.  I also went to school there in fourth grade.  Fun school.  Fun playground.
Okay, that’s all for now.  I’m sure my memory will start conjuring up lots more.  Let me know if you’ve been to any of these places.

Wait, there’s one more:  the Dry Cleaners on Ashby across from the Donut Shop.  They once sponsored Mr. America to stand outside their door.  I went down to meet him (I was in the fifth grade).  I was VERY disappointed to see that he was the same height as me!  But again, I was sort of empowered that I could look him right in the eye as I shook a man I had seen on TV.