There’s a monster in my head!

Inc said it perfectly in their recent article How to Tame the Negative Talk in Your Mind:

It’s one of the most destructive forces you’ll ever have to face, and it’s inside your own head.

You might not realize it, but you’re “talking” to yourself all day long.  And for most of us, a lot of it is negative.  One thing I’ve learned is that the brain is obsessive – you feed it one thing, it wants more of it.  Negative thoughts can compound upon each other, sending you into a stinky state of being in no time.

Here are a couple of my favorite points:

1. Listen to what you’re telling yourself as if you were telling it to other people.

In response to my negative talk, a therapist once asked me, “Imagine you are talking to a younger version of yourself – you as a child. Would you say all those things? Or would you be more understanding, more patient, positive?”

7. Distract yourself to reboot your mind.  Stop thinking and start doing.

This can work. If you can remove yourself from the current situation and take a step forward! That first step is the hardest part, but worth it. Put the Nike swish in front of you if you have to and Just Do It!

‘The Fonz’ helps children of the world!

A lot of us have disadvantages.  These are a gift when we can use what we’ve learned in our struggle to help others.  Henry “the Fonz” Winkler is an excellent example of this!

He talks with The Rotarian in their latest issue about his struggle through school, and eventual dyslexia diagnosis at 31 years old.  Winkler by no means has swept his challenge under the jukebox, but instead has become an advocate for kids that learn differently all over the world.

Not only is he the author of a series of over 2 dozen books about Hank Zipser, a child with dyslexia, I was surprised to learn when he auditioned for Happy Days, he advocated for showing the Fonz’s emotional side, in addition to his cool exterior.

After the Happy Days episode aired where the Fonz got a library card and checked out his first book, it’s reported library card registration by youth went up 500%!

He has spoken to thousands of students the world over, and hears the same experience he had as a child.

Now, there are incredible teachers who understand about learning differences and teaching the child who learns differently. It’s about looking at the student as a whole, teaching children how they learn, not how we think they should learn.

Thank you Henry Winkler, for being an outstanding citizen and role model for our children!

Leslie Jones is hilarious

In case you haven’t heard, Leslie Jones is hilarious.  Comedian, actress, SNL cast member – she makes me, my husband, and our friends LOL from our couches on a regular basis.

In case you haven’t heard, Leslie Jones was cyber bullied to the point that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had to step in.

Here’s a thought.  Remember what Ralphie did to his bully in “A Christmas Story?”  Perhaps that could be staged between Leslie Jones and her cowardly bully.  In the snow.

Continue bringing more JOY to the world, Leslie. I think you’re hilarious, and I’m not alone.