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Your Daily Psalm: Preview

Welcome to the  preview of Your Daily Psalm, a new Alexa Flash Briefing and podcast, where starting on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 I will bring you a new psalm a day starting with Psalm 1 and moving through to Psalm 150.

The Psalms of course appear in both the  Christian and Hebrew bibles. It is essentially a collection of poems, more specifically song lyrics. They cover a wide range of topics from praises, to laments, to celebration of events, thanksgiving, and emotions ranging  from doubt and despair, to total faith and celebration! Most of the Psalms provide a unique and thought proviking experience.

As an example, here is a Psalm you likely know very well!

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd,

I lack nothing.

2 He takes me to lush pastures,

he leads me to refreshing water.

3 He restores my strength.

He leads me down the right paths

for the sake of his reputation.

4 Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,

I fear no danger,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff reassure me.

5 You prepare a feast before me

in plain sight of my enemies.

You refresh my head with oil;

my cup is completely full.

6 Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days,

and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.

Source: https://netbible.org/bible/Psalms+23

Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2016 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.

In case you were wondering, and I know you were, all Psalms will be read from the N-E-T Bible translation. You can find out more about this great and well annotated translation at NetBible.org.

Again this all starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, 2019!  So tell your friends, your family, your church family, and everyone you know about it.  

How great of a communcal experience would be it be if we all were sharing in the same Psalm everyday.  You can even challenge your fellow faith members to keep up!.

We are making this as easy as possible for you. If you use Alexa, just simply say “Alexa, Enable Your Daily Psalm”.  Otherwise, go to YourDailyPsalm.com to listen online and find out all of the other places you can listen or how to subscribe as a podcast.  

But again, it all starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6th.  So get ready, get set, and be there from day one of Your Daily Psalm!


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Chris Laning, Voice Over Artist

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Getting to Work and Starting to Daydream!

“Quit daydreaming and get to work!”

Ok, I am not sure if someone actually ever said that to me, but I am sure we have all heard someone say that at one time.  I always found that saying rather funny because it made no sense to me.  Why is it an either/or proposition?  Can’t I do both?

Absolutely I can…and should!  There are very few inventions, services, or businesses that didn’t start with someone daydreaming about it. Some way, some how, some one first thought it up.

Daydreaming is an essential part of our lives.  We think about where we want to go, what we want to do, who we want to be.  We come up with great ideas for improving our surroundings, our situation, our relations.  We come up with ways to make not only our lives better but other’s lives as well.

So this blog and its associated podcast and video series will be all about daydreaming, how to make sure we are documenting those dreams, and how to go about getting started on making them a reality.

But my ultimate goal here is to build a community of like minded people….daydreamers looking to be entrepreneurs.  Together we can support, help, learn, and share as we make this journey together.

So get to work and start day dreaming!!!!

(Lack of) Sleep and Positivity

In this episode, Chris discusses how sleep, particularly the lack of it, can make being positive very difficult!

Transcript:

Hi, this is Chris Laning from the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net. And I gotta tell you right now I’m not feeling very positive, and I think I know why.

You see I haven’t had much sleep in the last day or two. A lot of work, on and off, a noisy dog. And there’s definitely a correlation between tiredness and positivity.

The reality is when you’re tired it’s hard to be positive. Very short-tempered, a lot of stuff going on. I definitely need to get some sleep.

But I’m bringing this to you now because I want you to understand that a lot of times when you’re not being positive, when you’re having that short temper, you might want to just kind of think about “Are you tired?” Like how do
you feel?

Sometimes a really good night’s sleep is all you’re gonna need to kind of put you back on that track. The reality is we can’t go without sleep as much as we try. There’s so many things we want to get done in one day but it ain’t gonna happen!

We gotta sleep and that’s what I’m looking forward to in a little bit. Except I kind of have a lot of work to do tonight – that’s a whole other story.

But anyway moral of the day: Sleep helps with positivity. Lack of sleep makes it very hard to be positive.

With the Positive Grounding blog at PositiveGrounding.net, I’m Chris Laning.

Day 1: Being Positive is Hard!

So in my last post, Day 0: Journey Begun, I talked about how a bad day at work, a run-in with a retaining wall, and a much needed, relaxing round of golf led me to make a “positive” change in my life!  I figured it would be challenging to remain positive and upbeat….but never expected to face that challenge the next day!

Yet, there it was on the first full day of my new positive outlook on life.  Work got really stressful again. That was not surprising, but still a challenge.  Then some family issues I am dealing with kind of came to a head.  Decisions needed to be made that could cause me to be excluded from a major life milestone.  That was particularly tough since I kind of get all hung up on important, once-in-a-lifetime events. It could range from things like weddings and graduations, down to things like “Hands Across America”.  (I just dated myself).

I could feel myself slipping into that old familiar down in the dumps sadness and despair.  But I fought it!  I tried to focus on the positives in my life, and tried to put the despair causing issues into a better perspective.  Maybe ultimately I will be forced to miss that milestone, but it is just a single moment in time (no matter how special). I need to play the long game. Figure out what gets me where I want to be in that relationship in the long run, even if it means a short term kick in the gut.  I am not dancing happy jigs over here, but remain optimistic for the future.

Hopefully focusing on long term results may help you when things challenge your positivity!  But please feel free to share other tips that work for you when you find it tough to stay positive!

Day 0: Journey Begun.

The tee of the 7th hole.

Hole #7 of Wilshire Golf Club in Winston-Salem, NC

So after having worked really long hours for nearly a month and under constant stress to get a project done, I thought I was going to get a day of light work and little demands.  Sadly that was not the case.

I had planned to take the afternoon off and play golf. But then a meeting cropped up on my calendar and then action items from the meeting which needed to get done…..and before I knew it half the afternoon was gone!  And I was furious!

I decided I was done!  I shut down my computer, grabbed my clubs and headed off….but not before slamming the back of my truck into a retaining wall in our driveway damaging my beautiful truck!   Now I was really stressed!  But I still headed out to play.

Once on the course I enjoyed the warm air, sunshine, and oddly enough solitude (no one around me on the course).  It was there I decided I was done with the negativity, worry and stress. I was going to be more positive in life and count my blessings.

It worked.  It was like a weight lifted off of my shoulders.  There was a bounce in my step, a song in my heart, and I was calm, relaxed and happy.  I even pulled out my phone and shot a video I posted to FB to my family and friends declaring my new outlook on life!

By the next morning I  decided to blog about it. Created the domain, set it up, and got to work.  PositiveGrounding.net was born!  Let the journey begin!

Welcome!

Welcome to Positive Grounding, a blog about grounding your life in a positive attitude!

I decided to create this blog after I had enough of constantly whining, complaining, and STRESSING about every little thing that came my way. We all have problems, sure. But I never really considered how blessed I was and how it was such a waste to make life miserable instead of enjoyable.

Join me in this journey as we discuss thoughts, tips, and encouragement toward living a positive life!

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