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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Attitude adjustment and Paint Party Friday!


 If  Cupcake whined when she was little, I'd ask," Is that whining?" knowing it took a lot to anger me she would usually stop immediately. Sometimes she giggled when I used an authoritative voice because it was quite unfamiliar to her. Instead I used my eyes to discipline direct her. I never liked to embarrassed myself or her by yelling like a banshee! Ultimately my goal was always to direct and correct behavior. Not saying I didn't feel like pulling my hair out by the roots when at four she'd whine as  I prepped dinner! For the most part though she listened or watched for eye signals!  If she acted improper, it was  usually something I  forgot to teach along the way!
As  a preteen/teen she had her moments like they all do! When she'd whine, or get crabby.  I'd say in a terse voice, "  CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE!"  I had buzz words for my child and didn't even realize it at the time!! "DANGER" for when she was a toddler about to grab at a coffee mug or touch a lamp cord....I never used that word otherwise........

"WEIRDO ALERT," warned her to stay close  to me until I  figured out what the weirdo was all about, assessed if things were safe. 


This did not photograph accurate...done with twinkling H2O's
" CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE" was used for times Cupcake
 was crabby or whiny for no reason.

 As an adult, when things stray  in an adverse direction, Cupcake will regroup, and "change her attitude"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's never overt, but she rarely stays stuck.  Instead  her attitude changes to gratitude, positivity, hope, or faith...even when things are at their worst she  will change directions or thought patterns.  I am so fortunate to witness my daughter work life out with such wisdom and finesse!
I've seen her clean out a closet gathering things to give away, or  baking banana bread to gift people. Cupcake will coupon items for the woman's shelter, or share  wisdom with a less fortunate youth. She focuses on those less fortunate rather than her own problems. Some how things always turn around with wonderful opportunities being presented.
A few weeks ago Cupcake and I cleaned out a linen closet purging many good quality items to share with a young woman starting out. The  rest was given to charity. Then we went through all my art supplies, purging colors I'll never use, dried out paint, sharpies and bad paint brushes.

A few hours later my twinkling H2O's that have been missing several  years showed up.They were in  a closet under the stairs, tucked neatly on a shelf in a painted lunch kit right next to some shoes. It felt like Christmas. 

The next day an  earring  lost the first time I wore it showed up hiding behind a box. I was so thrilled! Then this week my two favorite fancy blue necklaces appeared after I hid them several years back!. Don't ask.. I was so grateful it felt like winning the lottery!! Cupcake got an unexpected work bonus two days later!

While chatting with a relative I suggested that giving things away would  
assure them the universe will present things you want or need, whether it be an opportunity or somethings you have been hankering. Getting rid of items that were stealing energy, has brought lost items back to me. 
Sometimes I am blessed with  new needed items too! 
The one on the left was made by Poppy the Groovy glass girl.That necklace was love at first sight!

 How do you cope when negative energy that  keeps showing up? Do you shoo it away, and ignore it,  wallow in it, or change your attitude to a new direction or thought pattern?

This is my contribution for the wonderful Paint Party Friday you can find other creative souls there weekly!

41 comments:

Lorraine said...

look forward to reading your posts..mmm how do I change negative energy..well I go for a walk in the woods or visit a library to choose some books like I did this morning..happy ppf

Valerie-Jael said...

Great post again! Valerie

Victoria said...

Beautiful post, gorgeous art..love them all so fun..love the one with the group of girls..so sweet! Sweet to hear the thoughtful things your daughter does..wonderful. yes it is wonderful to free energy up and release belongings or giving them to those in need is beautiful..and yes it does return magically in the most divine way..
Love the gorgeous jewelery you found..how special!
Wonderful post! and yes..I shift negativity with positivity and the unbeatable powers of love love love!
HUgs
Victoria

SLScheibe said...

Fantastic!! I love all of your flowers with the bright colours. They're so happy and bold too. Negative energy? I ignore it and go my own way :)

Nic McLean said...

what a great saying ' change your attitude to gratitude' I love it! How marvellous that all those missing things turned up again - maybe you could come over here and see if you can find the two Tiffany necklaces I packed so carefully when we moved house that I still can't find!! Since doing my stage 1 reiki, I tend to stay away from negativity if I can and friend who has been practising reiki for 15 years said she imagines herself in a blue bubble which negativity bounces off back to the person who generated it! The girls at the animal shelter have also been practising 'positive mental attitude' and focussing on one particular animal at a time to find a good home - it seems to be working as a little hamster who'd been there months was their focus and he got re-homed last week!!

kat said...

Lovely bright positive thinking here! Yep I usually grab a little something sweet, turn inwards and journal and never stay negative for long!

Netty said...

terrific post, loving your artwork and your fab jewellery, Happy PPF, Annette x http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Linda said...

wonderful post and gorgeously vibrant, happy paintings as usual! You're such a treat to visit. I to believe in releasing things-doing a clean sweep-whether it's clutter/ material things or even thoughts or people who only weigh you down and zap you of your true strength. Put your crown on Momma- you did a GREAT job raising your daughter!

MeOfCourse said...

I missed this post last week? How did I do that? Sorry Sherry. I stay away from negative people as much as possible. Excellent post.
gloria

pauline said...

you raised a wise and generous young woman there, with Cupcake. :-) As parents, we hope they become good people, and when we see proof that they ARE, our hearts fill with happiness. At least mine does. btw, your purple yellow flowers (banner) always make me smile when i visit here. Happy weekend, girl! xox

Wilme said...

Love the quote - change your attitude to gratitude :) When negative energy comes my way I visualize it as a ball thrown at me but I decide not to catch it. It just falls and I go on my merry way ;)

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love reading about your way of seeing the world and sharing your wisdom... that cool and generous soul of a daughter could have only have come out of a cool generous souled mother...xx

Abigail Davidson said...

Great message and artwork together! Having a motivational saying is great advice for life and art. Also, thank you for your kind words on my post, appreciate it!

Christine said...

sometimes all I need is some rest! Then everything looks better! You've done a wonderful job with your daughter it sounds like, love your flowers and your art this week!

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Sherry. Didn't catch your post this week. Everything okay? Take care
Gloria
http://shininglife1.blogspot.com/

Heather Foust said...

What I try is to change my attitude! Sometimes it is hard, Don't get me wrong. But I find it is all about the thoughts in your head. Change them. Find the good. It sounds like you raised a wonderful child. Your pieces are great. Affirmation to put around the house so you don't forget!

Heather Foust said...

I just left a comment and I am not sure where it went. I am having a strange computer/iphone day!
What I said was that i tend to try to change my attitude. Don't get me wrong somedays it is hard but I am a firm believer that the thoughts in your head determine your attitude. Change your thoughts. That what I say. You sound like you raised a wonderful daughter!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

My daughter is having attitudes sometimes ;-) and I ask her to "change attitude"
She is like a ball of light to me, so sweet and loving!

I am a thinker, have always been, so things that are making an impression on me are turned around in my head, sometimes more, sometimes less. I think what I end up doing with it depends on the importance of it.

I love your vase in the various colour combinations!
Hugs Ilona

JKW said...

Wow, you must have had a wonderful mother/teacher. I muddled through gaining too much experience. . .before I am what I am. The art is faithfully put in the right places blessing your story with it. Blessings, Janet PPF

Enejy clemens said...

I love your colorful pieces, I haven't read your post yet, I will come back later to enjoy the reading. :)

Have a wonderful day!
Nora

sharon said...

You have raised a wonderful daughter there, it is not surprising as you are so wise. I too believe that giving leads to receiving bounty! Negative, uh whats negative? I always turn it around, it always frustrates and they disappear of their own accord. Have a great week.

NatashaMay said...

I'm happy for you that lost things are showing up. I've heard years ago that decluttering is the way to go to make space for new things the universe has in store for you. :) Great artwork. Love the girls.

Debbie said...

i love your paintings this week, and the great advice! Have a grateful attitude is something I try to practice everyday.

Janet said...

As always you have given us all good advice and shown us happy, colorful art along the way. I agree that changing your attitude can make a huge difference in how things go. I'm a firm believer that what you put out is what you will get in return.

Ginny said...

Being grateful has definitely helped in many difficult situations. I change my attitude by "reframing" what I have just experienced by looking for the positive. I have found that I can always learn something - even if it is that I need to stay away from the person or situation.

Alexandra said...

Beautiful vase of flowers and love the "change your attitude" quote. :)

Tammie Dickerson said...

I love this post and your approach to life! Your daughter is the way she is today because you have modeled such wonderful examples for her to follow. Having such a wonderful spirit is a gift you give to others, improving each life you touch along the way. Keep up the good work - you are one in a million :)

Ariel said...

Wow! glad to hear that you got your Twinks back.I love to read your posts because of the wonderful attitude and positive energy that you share.
Have a wonderful week
Hugs
Susan

Boo said...

What a great post about attitude. I totally understand your excitement over finding your H2Os. I lost my sequin waste when I moved. It was 5 years before I found it.

I like to share my "stuff". As an mixed media artist, it's so easy to be a hoarder. I really like the idea that someone else can use some of things I've saved.

As for my attitude... sometimes my poor attitude is caused my me not taking care of myself. I often ask myself.. am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Taking care of those 4 things does wonders for my attitude.

Boo said...

What a great post about attitude. I totally understand your excitement over finding your H2Os. I lost my sequin waste when I moved. It was 5 years before I found it.

I like to share my "stuff". As an mixed media artist, it's so easy to be a hoarder. I really like the idea that someone else can use some of things I've saved.

As for my attitude... sometimes my poor attitude is caused my me not taking care of myself. I often ask myself.. am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Taking care of those 4 things does wonders for my attitude.

Boo said...

What a great post about attitude. I totally understand your excitement over finding your H2Os. I lost my sequin waste when I moved. It was 5 years before I found it.

I like to share my "stuff". As an mixed media artist, it's so easy to be a hoarder. I really like the idea that someone else can use some of things I've saved.

As for my attitude... sometimes my poor attitude is caused my me not taking care of myself. I often ask myself.. am I hungry, angry, lonely or tired? Taking care of those 4 things does wonders for my attitude.

Studio Kaufmann said...

aaah it is so hard to change my attitude to gratitude but I'm gonna keep on trying! thanks for visiting my blog and have a creative week

lorik said...

Great post...and great sharing of stuff:)
I have been doing a lot of emptying of cupboards lately too... good to photograph the stuff and play with it first.
Thanks for your visit:)

lorik said...

Great post...and great sharing of stuff:)
I have been doing a lot of emptying of cupboards lately too... good to photograph the stuff and play with it first.
Thanks for your visit:)

lorik said...

Great post...and great sharing of stuff:)
I have been doing a lot of emptying of cupboards lately too... good to photograph the stuff and play with it first.
Thanks for your visit:)

Ritu Dua said...

Absolutely stunning....very creative and vibrant :)

Aga Gasiniak said...

Great and extremely supportive post with magical illustrations. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hands On in Sicily said...

love your words AND art!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Beautiful tulips! You have a great attitude and it looks like you have instilled it in your daughter. I tend to wallow for a while. I would like to get back to getting stuff I don't need to somewhere it can be better appreciated. Thanks for the reminder.

miz katie said...

Loved reading your thoughts today. Heavy stuff! I think it has a lot to do with your mindset, and how you were brought up. You are a good Mommy. Your daughter is proof of that. :)

stefanie stark said...

And this is another post I've just discovered. I fell in love with the flower bunch in all it's beautiful color variations!

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