A place to share the great experiences that have happened as a direct result of Positive Thinking. Also quotes and inspiring stories to encourage others. Need a boost? This is the place to get it! All positive thinkers are welcome!
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  • It's amazing all the miracles that happen each and every day that a lot of people don't even notice. Thank you Penny - Not only a wonderful way to start the weekend but to start each and every day.
  • Thanks for sharing that Penny! The universe must be working overtime today. I was reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" on the subway this morning (which I highly recommend). During the parts of the book where things start to get ugly, I couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to have violence and oppression unfolding right in front of me on a regular basis. It makes you realize what we consider huge problems in our lives aren't really so terrible, relatively speaking. I know I'm finding myself feeling very grateful, but I'm glad you put out the reminder.
  • My day just got a little better! Thanks Penny and all who share so selflessly in our group.
  • Thank you Lord for Penny Abshire and all the wonderful people that you have brought into my life since I have taken that step in faith and entered into the world of Voice Over.
    I have never seen Gods love so prevalent as I have here in this community!!
    Everyone here is also a blessing and thank you for them as well!!! :-)
  • Just some food for thought for the weekend.

    I dreamed I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.”

    I looked around in this area, and saw it was terribly busy with many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

    Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

    The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.”

    I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

    Finally at the furthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing.

    “This is the Acknowledgment Section,” my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed. “How is it that there is no work going on here?” I asked.

    “So sad,” the angel sighed. “Of all the people who receive the blessings they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.”

    “How does one acknowledge God's blessings?” I asked.

    “Simple,” the angel answered. Just say, “Thank you, Lord.'”

    “What blessings should I acknowledge?” I asked.

    “If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.

    And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.

    If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.

    If you have never experienced the fear of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you’re ahead of 700 million people in the world.

    If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.

    If your parents are still alive and still married ...you are very rare. If you are still married, you are even more rare.

    If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.”

    “Ok,” I said, “What now? How can I start? “

    If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that I was thinking of you as a very special friend and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

    Have a great weekend, friends, and remember to count your blessings.
  • Diane - what a wonderful story you have! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It sounds like you had one of the greatest gifts God can give a person....supportive and understanding parents. How marvelous to have someone in our lives who encourages us to follow our dreams!


  • Hi Penny and all fellow members! I want to thank you for inviting me to this group. I wanted to share my story with you all and I can relate to Michael Deans "Making the Leap". As I have made the leap of faith and the good Lord has not let me fall.

    I've been a broadcast brat all my life as my father was a Technical Director at one of our local TV stations. It truly runs in the blood. At 12 I read a book by Hal Fisher "How to become a Radio Disc jockey" and my mind was set. My Dad had brought home a wireless mic transmitter that actually broadcast around the block. I'd hook up the mike to my lampshade and got out my record player and off I went! Reading old teleprompter news my dad would bring home and making up commercials from ads in the news paper. My Dad would buy old 45's from the flea market that I would play and of course I had joke time as well, using a handful of pennies shaking them for "sound effects" LOL! Pitiful. My neighbors would listen and call my home for requests. My dad would aircheck and critique me. Of course in school Sue wanted to be Nurse and Scott a Doctor and when the teacher asked me what I wanted to be - they all laughed at me. (Maybe because I was the quietest kid in the class).

    By 16 I was on the air in Buffalo, NY. I remained in Radio 30 years and moved many places, got married and had kids. I remained in Radio part time, so I could be a full time Mom. After my marriage failed - I needed to make ends meet and started cleaning residential homes ( I know - not glamorous), stayed part time in Radio and built my studio, doing auditions at night. I remarried and my husband was transferred to Greenville, SC. Now I faced 1. Quitting my bread and butter - cleaning homes, getting out of Radio and praying my dream of doing voice overs full time would come true. I closed my eyes tight and took that leap of faith. And here I sit in my studio taking a break after a 10 minute narration gig and auditions waiting on me. How Great is life?! Working in my PJ's, being home for the kids, doing what I love most, having the greatest boss in the world and I'm paying my bills! God is so good, I am so blessed and my cup is always 1/2 full. I am so thankful for every gig no matter how big or how small and I am thankful for each day.
  • Welcome to the grou/ Diane. I think you will enjoy it, we're all family!
  • Hi All! Glad to be part of this group to share and learn! Diane Merritt
  • Hey Jon,

    Awesome feedback and advice, I'll definitely check out Rodney's words! Small world as I have been in communication with Cammie since late last year as a fellow VO networker. I actually wrote a brief piece for her last newsletter. Please tell her I said hello.

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