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Sunday, September 01, 2013

I.A.B.D.A.I.G.T.B.A." was the on the back of every swim camp shirt I ever owned. As an adolescent I thought it looked stupid, as a teenager I thought it was obnoxious, and as a young adult I thought it was contrived. Yet here I am thinking, "this is genius."

I.A.B.D.A.I.G.T.B.A. stands for "It's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive." Every morning the counselors and coaches would swing our dorm doors open and yell, "IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE" at the top of their lungs, turn the lights on, and ensure we were vertical in time for the first of three swim practices that day. I hated it, but came to expect it.

Now I get it. It's the positive affirmation and motivation behind it. So I'm trying it as I move into a new school year. Even when it's dark and cold or I'm behind on work or the emails have piled up, I will tell myself "It's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive." And while I might not truly mean it when I say it, I will by the time I finish my commute or super early morning workout because it's true.

It's September 1st, and well, it's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive.
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    My daughter in her awkward years started being "the glass is half empty" girl. So every morning we would talk about choosing for the glass to be half full. About six months later she came to me and said she understood that she could make the choice each day. Isn't it great that we control our lives? It's a beautiful day and it's great to be alive!
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    How Wonderful you are!!! Thank you for giving me a great big Smile for the day!! emoticon emoticon
    1754 days ago
    That is a great way to start the day! Positive thinking is very powerful. Our thoughts can become our reality. Thanks for sharing!
    1755 days ago
    I LOVE that! I think I'm going to super impose that statement on one of my favorite pictures for a visual reminder. It's a great statement to remember daily.
    1755 days ago
    Thank you for sharing.
    I tend to think any day I can get out of bed and walk away from it ... is a great day to be alive and I should be Thankful.
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    Awesome that is a good way to start each day. Will have to try that myself, it makes you want to smile.
    1755 days ago
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