Positive Stories for Sat. Aug 21st

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   Posted 8/21/2010 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

Before I get to the stories for today, I have to share what this is doing for me.

My life is changing slightly each day. When I used to wake up, I'd feel a little nervous and sometimes that would cascade into a negative day if I couldn't take charge and re-wire my thinking. Now, each morning, I put on my 30 minutes hypnosis recording before I even climb out of bed, and my resolve to make the day a good one blossoms - my nervous sensation disappears. I feel like a regular, healthy person who doesn't expect bad results from their health.

Then, I go look for positive things to grow that feeling and to share with you all. The reward I am getting for this is wonderful. My tendency to think negatively tries to rear up, because it is an old habit, and I first think, "I bet I won't find anything good today ..." but as I keep looking, there it is! And each day, I'm finding a little more than before. Now I'm even finding it hard to narrow down which things to share in my post to you all! :)

There are many positive changes I'm making right now - and they're adding up to a huge difference in my way of experiencing life. Even last night when I was feeling a little sick, I was able to ride it out with much less fear, because I reminded myself that not only I can handle it, but that it won't last, and I would prefer to feel peaceful. I hope sharing these positive message each day help you on your journey, too.

Anyway - on to the positive stories! I have two today ...

“AmEx Angel” Merrie Harris Lends Credit Card to Homeless Man

New York City ad exec Merrie Harris shocked her friends when she loaned her American Express card to homeless man Jay Valentine -- but he returned it immediately.

You’ve probably been asked for your spare change thousands of times in your life. Most of us just walk on by. But not Merrie Harris, a New York City ad executive. When Jay Valentine, a 32-year-old homeless man, approached her outside of a restaurant on August 12th, he asked if she had any money to spare.

She didn’t have any cash in her wallet—but instead of turning him down, she asked him a question: “Can I trust you?”

Valentine assured her that he was honest. So, instead of slipping him a few bills, Harris decided to loan him her platinum American Express card, asking him to return with it in a few minutes after he’d bought what he needed.

And, even though Harris’ friends were shocked at her decision, thinking she was being scammed, Valentine did exactly that. “I went and bought a few things and came back and gave her her credit card back, and everybody was surprised,” he told the New York Daily News. He spent about $25 on the card, purchasing a bottle of Vitaminwater, deodorant, body wash, and (unfortunately) a pack of cigarettes.

“It sets a good example that people in need—like I am or worse—can and should be trusted,” he said.


Young Entrepreneur Christian Owens Makes First Million at 16

16-year-old Christian Owens has already made more than one million dollars from his site, Mac Bundle Box, and has even higher hopes for his new company, Branchr.

While most 16 year olds are working at local fast food joints for minimum wage, the UK’s Christian Owen is bringing home a slightly bigger paycheck: in the last two years, he’s made more than one million dollars from a website called Mac Bundle Box.

Owen’s website had few startup costs, and because he’s been designing websites since he was 10, he created the site on his own. The concept is simple: he packages a set of Mac apps from various developers together, selling the bundle at a steep discount. He also tempts more people to buy by promising that after a certain number of people purchase the package, another app will be unlocked for all buyers. The concept has proven to be a smash success.

Now, Owens has moved on to a new venture: Branchr, an advertising platform that displays over 300 million ads each month on websites and mobile apps. The company’s made $800,000 in its first year, and Owens has already hired eight employees, including his mother. His major goal, though, is to make one hundred million British pounds from the company.

We’re guessing if he’s already made a million dollars by the time most teens are just focusing on getting their drivers’ licenses, his goals aren’t too far out of the question.

Owens doesn’t think that there’s anything too special about him, though. ”I think everyone has business sense in them, they just need to gain experience and be determined to make it,” he told SWNS.com.

PS: Why do I like this second story? For me it isn't a get rich motivator, as much as it tells me, "Hey, why have I been doubting my own talents for launching a project I've been agonizing over for 3+ years? That 16 year old really has nothing over me. I can carry out my plans!"

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."
Tommy Lasorda
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 8/21/2010 8:32:35 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/21/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Loved the stories! Starting each day with positivity sets the tone for the day.
It is possible to be in pain and be positive, but it sure helps when the positve
is the focus. "Those who think the world is a dark place are blind to the light that
might illuminate their lives." Thank You for sharing these great stories!!!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Princess, Im glad these are helping you too but they have been great for me.
and Robin I love that quote you just gave. Thanks so much both of you.
Gentle Hugs
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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again, Princess. I'm glad you're becoming so positive!! And I especially liked the one about the homeless man.

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   Posted 8/21/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Princess,

Thanks again for more inspiring posts. When you come up with many ideas, write them down. That will help on days that aren't so easy to come up with a topic. You are doing a great job. I just love the stories. Keep up the fantastic work.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 8/21/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, thanks everyone. :D

Robin - love that quote you posted!
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!
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