Tag Archive: Thoughts


“Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.” ~ Charles F. Kettering

The Awe-Manac, one of my favorite quote sources carried the above quote a bit further with what I might call a challenge…. “Go on, Get Your Mind Out. Explore a New Frontier without Leaving the Dip in Your Hammock! Grab Your Mind by the Brilliance!”

Personally speaking, I absolutely love the amazing potential that those words provoke and am getting more and more excited about the “New Frontier of sorts” that my husband and I will be leaving our proverbial hammocks for!

Ok, so back to the task at hand… Here are this week’s Positively Thought Provoking Quotes to see you through to Friday…

“Wisdom begins in wonder, be as you wish to seem”. ~Socrates

“Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity.” ~Michael J. Gelb

“Time cools, time clarifies, no mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours” ~Thomas Mann

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” ~Bill Moyers

“Follow you inner moonlight, don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg :: side note:: picture me, singing along as “Dancing in the Moonlight” plays on my internal radio 😀

May your week be one that is sprinkled with uncontainable joy.

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Support Specialist/Certified WRAP Facilitator 
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon


To Bloom or Not to Bloom

 …and the flower thought, “Today is a GREAT day to BLOOM!” …seedlings dropped and bloomed from that flower, brightening hearts & all the earth with lovely blossoms.   ~Sue Anderson

Like the flower, we have the power within us to “BLOOM”, or remain stagnant.  Choose today to brighten hearts & all you meet throughout the earth.

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Let Your Inner Child Out to Play

Let Your Inner Child Out to Play

As adults we get stuck in the rut of duty; work, chores, etc…
Today, take some time just for YOU & Let your inner child out to play!!

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E., Positively Amazing You!™
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~C.H. Spurgeon

Today I wish to once again express my deepest gratitude for each and every one of you who pop in, visit, share, and comment…  I am so very blessed to have you here each and every day, or as often as you’re able. 😉  I am truly humbled every time I see a new like, a comment, a link back, etc

This being the day most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of History I came across.

I’m sure somewhere hidden away in the deep dark recesses of my brain are all the things I’d learned as a child about Thanksgiving, but for as long as I can remember I think I REALLY thought Turkey & Pumpkin pie were ALWAYS a part of the Thanksgiving Feast.  The video I’ve included in this post, I found entertaining, educational, and informative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For years on this holiday, I have chosen to wear sweat pants, (mainly so I would have enough room for all the goodies).  I’ve also delighted in going around the table sharing what I’m thankful for.

I’ve learned the positive impact of making a daily list of at least 5 things you’re grateful for.   I try to add to my list each day, though there are times I forget to do this, & fall out of the habit.  So Thanksgiving for me is also a reminder to get back in that groove if I’ve fallen out of it.

Yesterday on my Positively Amazing You! ™ Facebook page, I posted a list of several things I’m thankful for, so I’m going to try to not repeat any of them as I share 5 more.

1.  I’m thankful for books of every kind; they teach me things, or take me to faraway places through the word pictures they portray.

2.  I’m thankful for Movies; they help me laugh, sometimes make me cry, and often teach me other ways to show compassion.

3.  I’m thankful that I was able to get a knee scooter yesterday so that I can get around easier while my ankle heals.

4.  I’m thankful for computers which have the ability to connect us in an instant to people we might never have otherwise met.

5.  I’m thankful for chocolate; hot chocolate; dark chocolate, chocolate milk; chocolate covered marshmallows, etc. all of which helps to keep me sweet.  😉

Picture a table with all of us virtually gathered round.  Are you willing to join in and share with us 5 things you’re grateful for?

It doesn’t matter where you’re from, where you live, or what path in life you’re on. All are welcome to share at our virtual table. Have a seat. There’s a row of coffee urns all set, some snacks to share, & feel free to bring & share your favorite snacks to add to the table as well.

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E., Positively Amazing You! (TM)
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified Peer Specialist, Certified WRAP Facilitator
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™


Music that Heals & Inspires

Woman Listening to Headphones

 I LOVE music!!  I can be on the phone with a friend and moments into the conversation, I’m tempted to break out into a song that has suddenly popped into my head based on what they’ve said.  Sometimes I give into the urge, and if I’m lucky, THEY join in! Music simply speaks to my soul.  I’ve picked out a few songs that have always given me a lift…

 Lean On Me – “Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow…”
Hero – “And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on…”
You are Loved – “If darkness blinds you, I, I will shine to guide you…”
Feelin Groovy – “Slow down, you move to fast, you’ve got to make this moment last…”
When You Believe – “There can be miracles, when you believe, though hope is frail…”
I Can See Clearly Now – “Look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies…”

There’s something about each of these songs that for me, has the ability to soothe, heal, and inspire.  Interestingly, when I first started writing this, “Feeling Groovy” was NOT one I’d considered including.  Like it or not, it persistently stayed STUCK in my head until I relented.  I think there’s a reason, as there is such a reason why each of the other songs made it on the page.

When I think about the song “Lean on Me”, I think… whoever wrote that song, HAS TO have known what it was like to feel pain and sorrow, what it was like to need someone to lean on in times of trouble.  I don’t think there’s a person around who doesn’t need such a person at some point, regardless of whether we THINK we do or not.

When I listen to the song “Hero”, I’m reminded that I have within myself the ability to be… the Hero that lives inside of me, and with that, I know that I can survive… and thrive…  Whoa! Watch me grow!!!

“You are Loved”, also known as “Don’t Give Up” is a song that expresses understanding on soooooo many levels.   It’s sung by Josh Groban & I have to tell you, I have a teensy crush on his voice.  He has a new song that I really like as well called “Brave”….  When I first heard “Brave”, it made me think about the courage it takes each of us to reach out for help in the face of what we don’t understand..

“Feeling Groovy”, reminds me, that I sometimes need to just slow down a bit, stop & smell the flowers, enjoy the moment, that sort of thing, Something I often forget!!

When I listen to the song “When You Believe”, I actually prefer to watch the video of the group Celtic Woman singing it…  It’s purely magical to me for some reason.  The song itself is a song of hope, belief that the dreams I have within me CAN be achieved.  This day, in a sense is part of that dream.

Now I have to tell you, the song “I Can See Clearly Now” provides a bit of a conundrum in that I have a certain passion for rain.  I’ve always loved a good thunderstorm, they in themselves I’ve thought were refreshing, however the more I’ve listened to the song, the more I realized this song isn’t so much about the rain being gone and blue skies…  It’s more about overcoming the obstacles and challenges of life that keep our spirits from shining bright.  When we get over that hurdle…  Oh what a bright, bright sunshiny day it is, despite the weather!

Where WOULD we be without obstacles, without challenges, without hurdles?  Painful as they are as we struggle through them, there is something to be found on the other side of each and every one… something amazingly wonderful and meaningful.  Persevering through and/or past them may make us wring our hands and shake our fists at the sky….  Until you hear the music…  the meaning… in the words that someone penned…

I truly believe we all have a song of sorts within us.  Do you know of a song that could be your life song, the words in it fitting so perfectly?  If you don’t have such a song already, what are some words that would embrace your life, the ups, the downs, the joys, the frowns?

Take a minute to share with us the songs of your life…  Perhaps in doing so, you might find something that soothes, heals, and inspires as well.

Music That Heals & Inspires
©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.  ~ 2013 ~ All Rights Reserved
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
An-ders-(S)o-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter & Love™
“By Perseverance the snail reached the ark” ~C.H. Spurgeon

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Sep 25 2011_0898

As a parent I was saddened to hear about the tragic deaths of schoolchildren in Connecticut. As a grandparent of two 6 year olds, I was even more horrified. It’s scary to think that our children are exposed to such violence.

One of my personal triggers (internal response to an external event) is watching news such at this, and my action plan (how I cope) during those times is to turn the news off. While visiting family this can be a bit of a challenge, so I’ve decided to use another action plan… writing.

During our travel to Illinois after first hearing the news, I was talking to my husband. I mentioned that “I can almost guarantee that the media is going to make this tragedy all about mental illness”.

One of our last stops before arriving at my Aunt’s was at a Nostalgia store. I remember seeing a sign there with a quote from The Wizard of Oz… “Nobody gets in to see the Wizard ~ Not Nobody, Not No How”. Driving away I related to my husband the irony of that sign as it relates to people seeking help, support, acceptance, treatment. People living with a mental illness have SOOOOOOOOO many obstacles to overcome; many of these only to be turned away.

Watching the news these past few days confirmed what I suspected. One commentator on Tuesday, after talking about the potential for training teachers & school staff, arming them stated “and what if one of those teachers suffers from depression?” Today the NRA spoke out saying “We need a national datatbase registry of the mentally ill”. His other remarks shocked me…. Talk of “deranged evil people, people who hear voices”. For a while I was just speechless…until I remembered that Wizard of Oz sign.

It seemed to me the NRA speaker was all for less restrictions on guns, more restrictions on persons with mental illness. I came to this conclusion based on his remarks, and what this registry he spoke of would mean for people diagnosed with mental illness. Increased Judgment Increased Stigma, Increased Isolation; Less people willing to talk about what’s going on and, less people willing to seek help. From my understanding from the commentary after the NRA press statement, The NRA is opposed to having any kind of national database registry of gun owners.

What many don’t realize is that persons who have a mental illness are far more likely to be a victim of a crime. I’ve heard less than 5% of crimes committed are by persons with a mental illness. That leaves 95% by others. Do people who have cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and such commit crimes? YES! Are those reported as such? NO! Why not? It doesn’t sell news. Sensationalism in the media needs to end.

No one is exempt from having a mental illness. No one asks for it, just as no one is exempt from or asks for cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc.

Look at the video games that are available, that kids are playing these days, listen to the music that our children are listening to; the movies that are made. I believe these pieces are a much more viable reason for such heinous crimes.

Years ago having a mental illness was hush hush. Many suffered in silence, the fear, shame, and guilt over a disease that no one asks for, but is judged for. Many felt alone and isolated. These days people are more open to talking and sharing. Mutual support vs isolation helps.

If you know someone suffering from depression, anxiety, or any other form of mental illness, reach out a hand of friendship. Let them know you care, that they are not alone. Listen without judgment to whatever they may be experiencing. Put yourself in their shoes. Ask yourself, if you were this person, how you would want to be treated. Remember, mental illness affects everyone differently.

©Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
Certified WRAP Facilitator/Peer Support Specialist
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

Quote of the Day

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. ~Allen Klein

Challenge of the Day

Grab a box of crayons & put them to good use while singing out loud or in your head…

I’m gonna color that gray right outta my day
I’m gonna color that gray right out of my day
& Add some laughter, Hurray!
(Sing to the tune of ‘South Pacific’s – I’m Gonna wash that man right outta my hair)
If ya don’t know it, make up your own tune to sing it to…

Sue Anderson, I.T.E.
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

The Enviable Power in the Productivity of Procrastination

“There is an enviable power in the productivity of procrastination which can 
withstand the most chore laden desires…. I call it, FUN!” ~Sue Anderson

Yesterday a dear friend of mine was looking for a reason to avoid doing something productive. It was a rather eloquently worded plea, and in my quest to respond, I thought “I CAN’T just say For Pete’s sake Procrastinate – that just would have been to boring!” So I started to type and came up with the quote above.

I must’ve thought pretty hard because I SWEAR my brain hurt, I mean I really had to Dig DEEP for that!! lol The bright side of this whole exchange, or so I thought, was that I wouldn’t have to hunt for a quote for today… which meant *I* could skip being productive & go straight to fun!! My brain on the other hand had other ideas & wasn’t finished with me yet…

So there I was ever so proudly having fun, posting my quote and the challenge I came up with for it on every Facebook page I could think of, when out of nowhere came “BLOG!!!!!!! You HAVE TO BLOG this one”. Which caused me to think some more and so here I sit, preparing a blog because I just could NOT allow myself to just blog the quote and challenge… Nope, No way, No how, wasn’t happening!

What IS it about blogging that causes my brain to kick into 6th gear, wanting to create the perfect masterpiece for someone to read. Does anyone else have this problem. Do you find it hard to post something short & simple? I was thinking about this “Keep it Simple” concept earlier yesterday as a matter of fact. I was at that point trying to come up with a better phrase than “Keep it Simple Stupid” because I really dislike that word…

Hmmm… do I dislike “simple” as well.. Could that be the key??

Hold on there, we’re not goin down those tracks today….

I’d be here forever… and you my dear reader, will either be in stitches or long gone…. So I’ll just Keep it Shortly Simple…. There, that’s what I came up with WHILE writing this blog…. The simple concept I’ll explore another day… In the meantime I’m going to take heart and head my own challenge…. Take THAT dear brain of mine!!

How ‘bout you? Are you up for this challenge: Find something productive to procrastinate over while withstanding all those chore laden desires – Be the envy of everyone & have a POWERFULLY FUN weekend!! 🙂

Well??? Hey, no worries if you don’t feel like commenting right now… I mean, that COULD appear chore-ish… unless of course you throw some POWERFUL FUN in there!!!

Here’s to the enviable power in the productivity of procrastination which can withstand the most chore laden desires…. FUN!!!

The Enviable Power in the Productivity of Procrastination
©Sue Anderson, I.T.E. ~ All Rights Reserved 2012
Certifiably Silly & Positively Amazing TOO!
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” ~C.H. Spurgeon

The Sparks of Hope
©Sue Anderson, 2012

A Poetic Reflection inspired by watching “May I Be Frank”

When you’re feeling as though hope may soon disappear,

It’s okay to feel, go on shed that tear!

From deep within a spark will be struck,

Freeing you from all that muckity junk…

We live in a world filled with gianormous ups and downs,

We stumble, we fumble, we fall & we frown…

Then comes the day when a hand is outstretched,

To give us a boost when we’re feelin so wretched…

Grab hold of that hand, there’s no need to fear…

And soon you will find that’s hope drawing near,

A few tears may fall as the sparks start to rise

Give thanks as those flames of hope birth a brand new sunrise…

Watch as you sparkle, Grow as you shine,

Those flame’s of hope can roast marshmallows just fine!

So let’s gather round this campfire my friends,

Cause where there is hope, the love never ends!

Who’s ready for S’mores?!!

The Sparks of Hope
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2012
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps 18:32

Less than a week ago I had a rather hair raising adventure. It was one of those adventures I TRULY could do without, uncomfortable would be an understatement as to how to classify it, so I have dubbed it “hair raising”.

Looking back, the oddity is that I’ve had similar experiences in the past, but it’s been a very VERY long time, yet the intensity of this one hit me like a ton of bricks, causing an anxiety attack that brought about gut wrenching sobs.

It started, the night before, at least that’s when I was aware that it had started. The next morning my husband found me curled up in my step-daughters bedroom (she still has a room here for when she wants to spend the night or, spend extra time with us, etc) So my poor husband thought he’d done something wrong. I reassured him that he hadn’t, and did the best I could to explain what was going on.

When I got in the shower to get ready for work, the noise of THAT bothered me SO much, it frustrated the bejeebers out of me. After I got out of the shower I began pacing, wondering what in the hell was going on. I remember at one point trying to shake it off, as though it was making my skin crawl, the anxiety level was that high.

I sent an email off to my supervisor that I was running late, due to an internal traffic jam. No sooner had I hit send, my anxiety level heightened, guilt set in only making it worse, and within seconds my internal traffic jam became a unrelenting roadblock. It was almost as if “internally” I had just slammed into a mack truck.

Knowing at that point I was going to be even more delayed, Sobbing with each keystroke & with every ounce of strength in me, I sent out a second email to my supervisor. “More like a darned road block, trying to work it out”. The “f” word would have been a more fitting descriptive word to use for the situation, but I couldn’t bring myself to that level outside of my head. Funny how some things just won’t come out eh?

I did everything I could possibly think of to get myself out of it, phoned several of my “personal support team” if you will, and got voicemail everywhere. I didn’t leave messages, I simply could not handle it. Eventually I decided to take a second shower, rather a way of starting the day over if you will. Music & writing are 2 of my favorite and treasured wellness tools… In my head as I headed in for that second shower was what I decided to sing as I got in;

“I’ve got the power, to get in the shower”

I don’t know how long I was in that shower, but I added to that first line as it came in bits & spurts. The tears really started to flow somewhere along the line and I was really glad that there was nobody home to hear my uncontrollable sobs, I didn’t try to hold it in as I would have done once upon a time, I just let it flow. Those tears made it into my lyrics…

I’ve got the power, to get in the shower…
Fake it til you make it is what they say,
And I can do quite good on most any bad day,
But sometimes it seems that it’s harder than hell,
 No matter WHAT you do, you’re still not feelin well.

Then before to long you’re caught in a jam,
 When suddenly you find yourself in la la land Singin
 La La LaLa La La, La La LaLa La La La La
 La La LaLa La La, La La LaLa La La La La
 Gettin Jiggy Wit It… Freakin!

Totally tweakin and I started to cry
 Just lettin it go as I wondered why…

There are bits and pieces of the words I came up with that have totally escaped my mind… I catch glimpses every now and then, but am never quite quick enough to grab ahold of them. Perhaps it’s enough that I’ve remembered as much as I did.

Not long after I had gotten out of that second shower, I got a call back from one of my personal supporters, despite the fact I hadn’t left a message. She listened without judgement, we brainstormed over some of the possible causes, and by the end of the call I was emotionally & physically drained. I had crawled back under the covers as we talked, and once the call ended I had decided some extensive self care was what this day called for; soothing music, some warm tea, and perhaps a nap – at home, Gave myself permission to do the best possible thing for me, and sent off the final email of the day to my supervisor; informing her of my plan for the day, and my needs for a better day the next.

Several hours later I had a post op for appointment regarding some oral surgery I’d had the week before. Leaving from my appointment I noticed a billboard with the following quote:

 “All work and no play, creates for us an early grave,
ME Time is Essential”

Though I’m still experiencing some difficulty I DID make it to work the next day, despite the fact that I overslept. Ordinarily, this would have caused me to hit the ground running. So I did the next best thing, I calmly & methodically went about readying myself for the day to ensure that #1, I would make it to work, and #2, I wouldn’t be all stressed when I arrived.

I’m hoping this will all blow over soon, but in the meantime, I have an appointment with my doctor early in the week to have some tests run as a precautionary measure.

Do you experience hyper-sensitivity to noise and such? Does it leave you unable to think clearly, formulate a thought, or cause you to overthink or overfocus? If so, is there anything in particular that you’ve found helpful that you feel comfortable sharing with another straggler in this Journey of Life?

Silliness USUALLY works for me on just about everything – with one exception that I’m aware of…. THIS incident, and it’s continuing effects…

The Essential “ME Time” – One Days Remedy for a Dreadful Noise
©Sue Anderson, All Rights Reserved 2011
An-ders-(S)on-shine, Silliness, Stories, Legends, Laughter, & Love™
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. Ps.18:32