Sunday, August 31, 2014

Accentuate the Positive

It is early Sunday morning.

The cat has taken up his morning spot on one of the deck chair cushions, placed specifically for him. A squirrel is cursing me for interrupting his breakfast by moving a finch feeder. The One Million cicadas in the back yard have brought the decibels down to intermission levels.

I am sitting at the patio table, a cup of coffee cooling beside me – which is pretty impressive considering the 100% humidity.

I am looking forward at a pool party, a family bbq and two more days of downtime.

Labor Day Weekend on the Coast of Illinois.

But, across the river, in a very big hospital is a tiny little girl, the daughter of a co-worker.I have only met this cutie a couple of times but she is the person I have been thinking the most of the past few days.

She is facing a very big test. It is not the sort of test which Dora the Explorer or the Bubble Guppies could begin to help her prepare for.

Nor is it the sort of test that falls in the miscellaneous category at the back of parenting books.

There is very little grading curve. But she is one tough little cookie.

Positive is the word of the day.

As a rule, I try to use this forum for happy, silly thoughts. I don't want to compromise anyone else with my ramblings. And I certainly don't want to be that person who seeks to gain from another's difficulty.

But as a nurse, I know how important positive thinking is.

Which is why today, I am challenging you.

From this point on – for the next 24 hours – I challenge you to think and speak only positive thoughts.

No complaints.

No excuses.


Let there be a tidal wave of positive thoughts, prayers and energy crash onto the Coast.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

(9-1-14 UPDATE - Little Girl passed her first big test and is moving forward  to be placed on the heart transplant list. Not an easy thing to do for a tiny 4 year old. Keep those positive vibes coming!)

"Accentuate The Positive"

You've got to accentuate the positive
eliminate the negative
Latch on to the affirmative
But don't mess with mister inbetween

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
have faith, a pandemonium
Libel to walk up on the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the Whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do
just when everything looked so dark

They said we better
accentuate the positive
eliminate the negative
latch on to the affirmative
But don't mess with mister inbetween
(Sam Cooke)


  1. Today (September 1st) is (on paper) the first day of Spring here in Melbourne - the last few days have seemed spring like however looking out the window this morning it's more like Spr-inter. No sun, very overcast, jacket needed weather, But that's fine because for some reason all the blossoms seem to show up more when it like this.
    Good thoughts flowing up your way and into the ward where that little one is
    Take care

    1. Thank you so much for the good thoughts Cathy. (I added an update note above).
      I always watch for apples from New Zealand in April/May here as I figure it is getting closer to your autumn! We are still in the throws of summer here - hot and humid with thunderstorms threatening. But as they say in St. Louis - just wait ten minutes, the weather will change!

  2. Positive thoughts coming from Las Vegas. It's hard to imagine a young child going through something that difficult. Hope you enjoy your coastal views and the rest of your weekend.

    1. Thank you Lori - I added an update above. My heart just aches for her and her family. When you work next to someone through something like this, you can't help but.
      Stay cool for your holiday weekend as well!

  3. Thinking good thought for this little one.. thank you for sharing..

  4. Saying a prayer for this very special little girl. And for so many others who are in challenging places. Keeping focus on the positive is the only way we can work together to change the world! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Best wishes to this little girl that she gets the heart she needs and leads a long, happy life.

  6. Positive vibes/prayers/good thoughts/whatever preferred way of supplicating The Universe being sent this way.

    1. I know this little one's family will take any and all forms of good thoughts! Thanks Anne.


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