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Positivity Week, Day 7

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Day 7: Those Who Are No Longer With Us

This last day is to remember someone (person or even an animal), that in some way had a positive impact on you. It can be more than one person and not even someone you were very close to or knew very long. As long as they somehow had a positive impact on you, share it here.

Once upon a time there was a man who loved dreaming, adventuring, and tinkering.  He was always into something.  He built a house almost exclusively from things he found.  He laughed and played a lot.   He taught me what he knew.

Once upon a time there was a man who loved animals. Birds and squirrels would eat out of his hand.  He grew food and cared for the land.  He worked hard without complaining.  He taught me what he knew.

Once upon a time there was man of faith.  His life revolved around the spiritual.  He taught me what he knew.

Once upon a time there was woman who loved me.  She taught to make fried banana pies.  She taught me patience.  She taught me that quality is better than quantity.

Once upon a time there was a woman.    She was so much fun.  She loved music and God.    She taught me to be tender and long suffering.  She taught me that helping others is helping myself.

Once upon a time there was a woman.  She gave me life.  She kept me alive.  She taught me the value of family.

These are parents and grandparents.   I realize they were more than my memories.    These six people had a great and lasting influence on my life.
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Positivity Week: Day 1

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Eden’s Positivity Week starts today.

Day 1: Yourself
Day 1 is simple. Write about yourself, write a small biography or whatever you want to do, but it has to be positive about yourself.
Sometimes it’s hard to not feel bad about yourself. We live in a world that seems to constantly be judging. I’m not here to judge, but just to say write something positive about yourself, something you love about yourself. You can even write about your flaws and why you feel they may be positive for whatever reason.

“Lynard Skynard! Parliament Funkadelics! Willy Wonka!” ~ BA Spears
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“Greatness” ~ studiavena

A friend asked me to write about my spiritual journey.  I thought I would start Positivity Week with the beginnings of that series.

It’s a long way from a conservative Southern Baptist family in the rural south to where I am today.  My father was a Southern Baptist minister.  I’m also a Southern Baptist minister.  We’ll get to that.

As a child my life was church oriented.  Not only did I attend church twice on Sunday, on Wednesday night, during VBS, and during revival weeks, I lived next door to the church. The parking lot and cemetery were part of my turf.  Mom was always fussing for me to get out of the cemetery.  She’d tell me one of the grave markers might fall on me and kill me.

Like a lot of ‘church’ kids I was born again and again and again and again. Finally, one night at a Billy Graham meeting it stuck.

God, religion, and spirituality have been part of my life from the beginning.

I left home after my first two years in college and transferred to Samford University.   God had spoken and I was going to be a minister.  I changed my major from art/mathematics to religion and philosophy with a minor in psychology.

Stay tuned for part two:  Go West Young Man

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