Celebrate the Good

by Susan on December 5, 2010

I have been reading all of the comments coming in for the dehydrator. Some make me laugh…like the one from my daughter’s non-boyfriend’s mom, who needs a dehydrator to replace her “decrepit” dehydrator as deemed by my daughter, some make me cry, like the one from the mother who is battling her second bout with cancer and has two young children at home.

I wish I could send dehydrators to everyone that has entered. But that would cost me over 240,000.00 dollars.

Back in November, I tried to start a movement on twitter with a hashtag, #celebratethegood. It was inspired by an observation along the lines of everyday gratitude, except taking it outward. Looking at another person, and instead of just seeing one or two things that drive us nuts, celebrate all of the good things about the person. It can be amazing how a shift in attitude can have such a large impact.

Unfortunately, the hashtag isn’t catching. I guess too many of us would rather sit in the negativity, as it somehow I think it lets us justify our own shortcomings.

Yesterday, I went to pick out a tree. The lot was full of frozen trees that were still tied up. I have a high ceiling in my great room, so I like to get a nine foot tree. I couldn’t find one anywhere. I talked to one of the guys in the lot. No help. The woman who I encountered next was completely unhelpful. And then, he showed up. The teen with the Christmas tree finding cape, flying from his shoulders.

I let him know what I wanted and this teen, Morgan, spent the next half hour, searching through tree after tree to find one that would fit my bill.

He was driven, he was on a mission. His friend stopped by and said, you are crazy. I was simply, completely impressed. This kid said, I love selling trees…and it was apparent.

Last week, I got a new phone. I got remarkable service at Verizon.

At both places, I searched out and found the manager to let them know how exceptional their employees were. Both managers, stared at me open mouthed. One summed it up, beautifully. “Wow, it is so nice to hear something positive for a change.”

It really is up to us…to celebrate the good. It is all around us, we just need to look.

Don’t forget…you have until 10:00pm CST time tonight to put in your comment for the dehydrator. You must put it on that post, and also no double entries or you will disqualify yourself.

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polly raichert December 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Oh sooo true!!!!!!!!! I too have found when you commend an employee for having a great attitude and going above and beyond employers are shocked and pleased. It has to be really hard to only hear back the negative. It’s a great blessing and motivating when what you do is seen and praised. I just was rereading Phil 4:8 this morning, whatever things are true, pure , lovely and of good report. think on these things. I have so much more energy and strength to keep going when I am thankful instead of rehearsing the negative. I guess God wanted me to really think about this today since I read in His word first and then He reaffirmed it thru you. Thanks!!!!

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Deanna December 5, 2010 at 2:33 pm

What a great reminder for all of us this holiday season.

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Eco Mama December 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I also Love to go out of my way to thank managers and whatnot for employee’s helpfulness, I write emails, make phone calls, etc. because I really appreciate when people are extra good to me in a store or service situation. It’s the least I can do to pay them back–good for them and it makes me feel great too.

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Ellen December 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Yes! We so often get caught up in all the negativity around us, most of which we can’t do anything about. When we celebrate the good, it not only helps us, but everyone we touch…

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Sarah December 5, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Do you think these people know how they impact our lives? Does the Christmas tree boy know how extraordinary he is and how far reaching his behavior is? (As we talk about him and it over the ‘net…) There is a guy who I see when I am out running – on my way back usually, and slugging up a big hill. His smile is so totally genuine and captivating, like it emanates from his heart, that the hill gets easy. I swear, I fly the last few meters and I notice I am flying and I am grateful to him for my ability to fly and I wonder if he might be some sort of angel. (OK so the last might be a stretch but seriously, how come the vast percentage of the population is so depressed and angry it is visible and yet there are pockets of ‘these people’ that do not have to pretend to love selling Christmas trees or smile from the heart?)
That’s what I want to be when I grow up!
Thanks for the great post.

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Elena Lipson December 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Thank you for your beautiful inspiration…;)

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Alexis Allard December 6, 2010 at 6:39 am

I work at Starbucks and for every 100 cranky rude customers I have to deal with, I’ll get 1 who can totally make my day by complementing me. I’m always shocked at how self centered and rude people can be, especially at 7am. People don’t realize how much it means to someone when you genuinely smile and say thank you.

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Shari Z December 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

I submitted my comment last week for the dehydrator and I want to withdraw it. Instead, I would like to ask that you give the dehydrator to the woman who has cancer. A good friend battled cancer last year and I did a lot to help. Unfortunately, I could not talk her into going raw (I really tried). She is doing well. But the woman with cancer needs it far more than anyone. Happy Holidays.

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Susan December 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

Shari, unfortunately, there are many people who entered the contest that are battling very serious illness. The contest rules can’t be changed especially now that the contest is over. I will consider other options.

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Jessica December 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

I completely agree and totally needed reminding of this today. I started off the day with a very negative attitude towards my husband (as we wives can sometimes do) and the gentle reminder to focus and celebrate all the thing I love about him rather than throne thing I was frustrated with completely changes my thoughts, attitudes and in turn actions toward him. Thank you for posting this!It for sure will make a tremendous difference in the way our day was heading. :)

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CCGAL (Janelle) December 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

I like that hashtag idea. If you don’t mind, I think I’ll join you in trying to get it to spread. I tweet almost every day, maybe we just need to find enough of your readers to join forces on Twitter until we reach that “critical mass” needed for the tag to live on. This is certainly the right time of the year to attempt it. Now I’m off to ##celebratethegood.

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Dot D. December 6, 2010 at 11:09 am

So very true! We need to celebrate – with a capital ‘C’ – all the good that surrounds us. It’s there. We just need to fetter it out sometimes. Good job at doing just that, Susan!!

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Brooke December 6, 2010 at 11:26 am

What a great post! I have been trying very hard lately to tell companies, restaurants, etc. how much I appreciate the people/policies they have when I have a good experience. Positive reinforcement is just as powerful as negative. This is exactly why I give my money to organic/fair trade companies.

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cyndi December 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

Oh I wish I saw Friday’s email before today. I missed out on writing for the giveaway.
I enjoyed reading everyone’s posts. Good luck to everyone who made it in.

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cyndi December 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Oh, and I love the Twitter movement idea. We all should try to get the word out there. sometimes we do need a reminder that not everything is so bad. After all, We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

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Fran December 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I drive in heavy slow traffic every morning. I am always grateful for a courtesy wave to let me into the flow of traffic. And I always pass a wave or two myself to others trying to get into traffic. One gentleman even blew me a kiss he was so happy! Made me smile.

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Heidi December 6, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I love to give good recommendations to employees’ managers, when they go above and beyond. I know how it works because I work as a DSL tech support rep. for AT&T, and we are graded on the surveys we get from our customers, so I always try to give them the best service, as I know it will come back in kind.
I also don’t want to stay in a negative thought pattern, so I love the Law Of Attraction and Shamanic energy healing ways of being positive and wanting only good things to happen, to keep my positive vibration high, so the universe brings back positive things to me. It doesn’t always work though, but mostly keeps me happy and loving.

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Barb December 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Instead of Medicare I rather do Dehydrator care.

What a beautiful way to start a health care program.

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Catherine December 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I work for a Middle School and my two son’s attend there as well. My oldest son has always struggled with Math and hates it with a passion. Last night as he and I were out doing some shopping, we stopped to get a bite to eat at Subway and my son did the blessing. Along with thanking God for his food, he thanked Him for math and for his math teacher this year. The very next day I had the honor of going to work and telling this Math teacher the impact he had on my son… my comment brought tears to this big strapping young man’s eyes. This is his first year teaching and it had been a rough day.
Saying thank you can change a person’s moment and their lives.

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Faith Lubitz December 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Wow, what a beautiful conversation this is! It fits with the effect raw foods have on many of us, lifting us up high enough to feel positive, see the positive, be the positive…..I would like to offer my services to the woman dealing with cancer—I have a great green smoothie recipe that always makes me feel better, if she doesn’t already know how to do them I would be happy to show her and be of assistance. I also have background as a chiropractor and would like to offer free nutritional and environmental guidelines to her

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Patricia Robinett December 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm

omg, this is a wonderful exchange too. i love barb’s idea of dehydrator care rather than medicare… the #celebratethegood twitter idea… i too got tears in my eyes over catherine’s son’s new appreciation for math & his teacher… faith’s offer of helping the woman with cancer… i too would like to help if i can…

thoughts, feelings & attitudes are other very important elements in health & healing and at the beginning of the year i’ll be teaching an online *a course in miracles* class on skype, as well as hosting a forum… at forum.ACIMessentials.com — sign up now and we can start early. cooperating with nature by eating simple, raw foods and also learning to release the stress of the past from our bodies — to me, this is the combination that equates to health.

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Joylene December 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Beautiful post Susan, Thank you so much. It is lovely to start the day with a reminder of what is really important. At my work we have had some massive changes lately and there have been some who have been really negative and resistive. There have been a few of us who have been observing and also trying really hard to be positive – as we have no choice for the changes. We have decided that both poitivity and negativity breed themselves!! I am certainly going to try to get the positive to begat the positive. Reminds me a tad of the Golden Rule, huh?!! “Do unto others…” Thanks again Susan – you and all your commentors inspire me! X

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Sarah December 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I have been following your site for a while and go to it just about every day now or when I can get some time on my lap top. It helps me to feel renewed and not quite so alone to know that there are so many other conscious, good humored and caring people out there! One of my favorite quotes is that one should always treat a stranger as though they were God dressed in drag. Makes me laugh as we are a bit of a jumbled mess, but it is a great reminder that everyone has something to teach you and choosing to see someone’s brightness even if they don’t can help to turn their own minds inwards.

Happy holidays everyone from Boston!! And keep shining

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Mary December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm

So true. This has inspired me to see the good more often and report the good to supervisors and also to the one who did the good thing! Such a simple and nice thing.

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Margaret Meyer December 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Tried to enter your Dehydrator givewaway but it won’t allow anymore comments?
I would love to win your dehydrator giveaway because I love dehydrated raw goodies. They are amazing. I would love to do a demo in a mall or store with goodies so people could taste good for you food!! People just don’t have any idea about nutrition. I hope to make a difference!!
Thank you for your wonderful website!!

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Susan December 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

The contest, as stated in the post, ended on 12/5/2010, at 10:00pm CST.

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Mapuana December 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I absolutely agree with you, Susan. In Hawaii the elders say, “Spread the Aloha, it doesn’t cost you anything!” We have bumper stickers that say “Live Aloha”!

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Christine December 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Bless you for taking the time to pass a positive comment to where it will count. I work retail and it can be a rough job for what you have to put up with not to mention the low pay.

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elizabeth December 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm

I am continually amazed at how perfectly wonderful life is when your inner being is bathed in the spirit of goodness and love. Thank you Susan, for your inspiration.

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Stacy L December 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I love this post! I have noticed a LOT of angry people around lately. Cops were called to my son’s basketball tournament this weekend because of arguments! Unbelievable. I always try to say thank you and I am feeling inspired to do this more.

S

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