is for umbrella
Some days are bright and beautiful without a dark cloud in the sky.
A perfect day with no sign of pesky storms.
Then out of the blue come dark clouds and pelting rain.
What is your reaction to the unexpected storms in life?
Do you let the storm drown you?
Or do you have a contingency plan for when they rage?
Storms affect us all at one time or another.
It’s good to have an umbrella handy.
A nice big umbrella that can be shared is the best kind.
Be someone who has an umbrella to share during the storms of life.
is for true
You are who you are.
Make no apology for it.
Just be the best you possible.
You have something to offer that no one else has.
Be genuine, real, and honest.
Don’t pretend to be someone you are not.
Celebrate who you are.
Enjoy who you are.
Be the authentic you.
Don’t hide away somewhere.
Let others know who you are.
Strut your stuff.
Be someone who is true to yourself and who you are.
is for see
When you are out and about do you look around you?
What do you see?
Do you see beauty and treasures or ugliness and trash?
Some people are so focused on self they see only what matters to them.
Others are too distracted and see only their busyness or worries.
Too many look around and see nothing at all.
Yes, there is a lot of ugliness and trash out there.
But there is more of beauty and treasures.
Really there is more wonder and richness than you can imagine.
You just have to move past yourself and any preconceived ideas of perfection.
Open your eyes, your mind, your heart, and use all your senses to see.
What will be revealed to you will take your breath away.
Be someone who can see the beauty and treasures of the world around you.
is for respect
A lot of the world’s troubles is due to lack of respect.
People and countries don’t respect one another’s culture and beliefs.
People and countries don’t respect their home, earth.
You don’t have to love or even like someone to be respectful of them.
Being respectful doesn’t mean you have to agree with what they say or do.
It is simply a courtesy to be considerate and civil.
Granted, it can be difficult to give respect to someone who is arrogant and pompous.
It is not easy to be with those who are conceited, overbearing, and presumptuous.
It is best to have as little interaction with them as possible.
There are those you know, and some you don’t know personally, who affect your life.
How and to what extent they affect you may determine your feelings toward them.
As hard as it may be it is important to put feelings aside and be respectful.
This is not to say be a doormat.
Be humble and modest, be strong and confident, and stand up for yourself.
Being respectful of others requires self-respect.
Without self-respect, you will not know or understand the power of respect.
Having respect for yourself is not egotistical or boorish.
All respect begins with knowing who you are and the value of all life.
Be someone who understands respect begins with you.
is for quirky
There are people in this world who are a bit different.
To say they are peculiar or odd is not really true.
They just look at the world and life from a different perspective.
These different people may be somewhat eccentric and unconventional.
They are often whimsical and fanciful and humorous.
The best word to describe them is quirky.
They are not linear or direct in their thinking.
Their thoughts can wander in circles and be highly imaginative.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t logical or intelligent.
They are people who think and react differently.
They can be exasperating and annoying at times.
More often they are charming and entertaining.
Personally, I like quirky people.
They make me think outside of myself.
Life would be dull without some characters in the mix.
Be someone who accepts people for who they are, even the quirky.
is for problems
Everyone has problems.
Big problems that are frightening.
Little problems that are bothersome.
Some problems come and go, some stick around forever.
Some can be easily solved, some can never be solved.
Whatever they are how you deal with them is up to you.
You can let problems determine your happiness.
You can allow them to control your thoughts.
You can ignore them, fight them, or use them for growth.
Problems are a fact of life.
Sometimes you cause them sometimes someone else does.
Often they just seem to happen without reason.
Problems are best dealt with creativity, work, and humor.
You can find a way to cope no matter how big and bad the problem.
Whatever it is you are bigger and better than it!
Expect problems but don’t just accept them.
Most have a point to them, a reason for being.
Maybe you have a lesson to learn or a one to teach others.
Take one day at a time.
See the beauty and wonder around you in spite of problems.
Remember your response to problems determines the consequences of them.
Be someone who understands that problems are just a part of life not the whole of it.