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Banner - Monday MattersSeveral years ago, there used to be a weekly meme, hosted at orangeclouds.org, called Participation Positives. It was one of my favorite memes back when I first started blogging. The concept was that every Monday, participants posted a short list of things that were positive in their lives.

It’s a habit I sometimes think I should get back to, seeing as it feels like I’m generally viewing things from a very pessimistic world view. So, I have reinvented the meme as a quick little weekly feature.


A new Monday Matters seemed like a good way to get back into posting again. Hadn’t realized how negative my thinking has gotten over the last several months until I had to start writing this list. I literally stared at the screen for an hour trying to think of something positive in my life. Then set it aside for four more hours.

That can’t be a good sign.

  • Mission TechKnit Cooling towels – Start off with small blessings. These towels are fabulous. They’re intended for athletes. But, I found them a great alternative to ice packs earlier this summer when I had sun poisoning and my arm swelled up. Right now, we’re in the middle of a triple-digit heat wave and they’re a great way to stay cool without air conditioning. They stay cold for a good couple hours or so.
  • Desk Move at work. Parts of it suck, like the puce green color of my new cubicle walls. But, I’m getting more work actually done because it’s quieter on this side of the building. Plus, the cubicle wall in front of me goes all the way to the floor. No more guy on the other side kicking my feet.
  • So far as I know, all my friends that live in Texas are out of the main destructive path of Hurricane Harvey. (Also, somehow, everyone I know lives in Texas, lives in Austin. And I don’t know any of them from the same place, like work or school or that. Weird.)

And, sadly, that is all the positive I can think of for today. Still working on sorting out older posts, while getting back into the swing of new posts.

Until next time!

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