From the Desk of Tanisha Russell Day
Positive Start

I was so excited recently when my son started pre-school. I tried my hardest to fully prepare for our new routine. Previously when he went to the sitter, I didn't need to make breakfast because the sitter prepared his meals and several other normal morning tasks (bless her heart); but the new school doesn't provide breakfast, so I now have to prepare breakfast for him. On top of that, we needed to wake up 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier than usual and that was a task (a HUGE task), in and of itself. By day three of the first week of school, a sister was struggling in the mornings! Those few mornings were super rough, until I decided on day four, to add a little joy and praise and worship to our new morning routine.

Now, as soon as I wake up, the first thing I do is read the "Positive Start" message below by Ralph Marston. After reading the message, and with praise and worship ON, we repeatedly listen to Fred Hammond's "This is the Day the Lord Has Made" and when we're all ready for the day, we're skipping our way out of the door. So as SOON as those bright beautiful eyes of yours open in the morning, be sure to have a positive start!

Positive start:
Start each day the way you wish to live it. Take positive control of your thoughts, your actions, your feelings and your attitude before some random occurrence ends up imposing its perspective on you.

Be open to the surprises while also being decisive and focused about what you intend to do. Get a few nice accomplishments under your belt early on, and set an effective, empowering pace for the whole day.

Right away, find some new thing for which to be thankful. Your sincere gratitude will shine its light on the best of the day's possibilities.

When you feel a worry coming, move quickly to transform it into creative action. If it seems that you're beginning to be overwhelmed, focus intently on whatever is most important to you.
While the day is young, decide on some new way that you can make a meaningful difference for others. Then start taking the steps that will make it happen.

Give yourself some real power and effectiveness by beginning each day in a joyfully decisive and lovingly purposeful way. And life grows richer with each passing hour. -- Ralph Marston

Many blessings and much continued success!

Tanisha Russell Day
Career Editor

The DIVA Zone Magazine

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