Sunday, September 21, 2014

Attitude is Everything


Let's face it! We all have situations we experience from time to time that feels unpleasant, frustrating, throws us off balance, and disrupts our ability to stay focused on other task, projects, or goals we deem important to us. Life is always going to throw us a curve ball every now and then, that's just the way it is. 

While it may be a fact of life that we have no power or control over the unexpected interruptions to our life goals and plans; we do however have enormous power and control over the attitude we hold in response to what comes on our life path. 

Attitude is everything! And I have come to learn, from my own personal experiences as well as observing the attitudes of people in my professional and personal relationships, that much of the cause for our (meaning most humans ) unhappiness is not so much what happens to us as it is the attitude we have in response to what happens to us.  

I have found this to be especially true on social media. It is so heavy latent with negative comments and messages people post. In fact, social media has become so inundated with people complaining and having such negative, critical, judgmental, condemning attitudes that I'm starting to find it worse than watching the nightly news. 

Which is why I began my Facebook group page, Inspirational Poetry & Love Notes,
where I post daily positive messages like this. All of the post I share here and on my Facebook group page are intended to be a source of inspirational, uplifting, encouraging messages that infuse people with positive energy and love rather than jump on the negative energy and attitude band wagon.

There's a lot of people out there hurting while silently praying and searching for a way to be relieved of the great deal of pain they are in. I also know first hand that many people have been walking around carrying that hurt and hiding their wounded places within for so long that it's now spilling over into their attitude toward life in general. 

Unfortunately their anger and frustration with their own life is being projected in their interactions with others. Especially those closest to them who love them most, like friends and family.  

I am not exempt from having such a human experiences from time to time. Yet, when I'm feeling overwhelmed by life's stresses to the point of needing an attitude adjustment, I have found that looking for the good in everything, even the things that don't feel good, helps to ease my emotional pain and lift the fog of frustration. 

The most effective method I've used and found to be the quickest way to help me realign my thoughts, shift my perspective and adopt a more positive attitude is by making a gratitude list.

So here's a gratitude challenge for you. Starting today complain about nothing and be grateful for EVERYTHING. No matter what the situation, whatever unexpected twist or turns life throws at you, or how your day unfolds, look for the good in it.  If you need help putting this into practice read Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God..."

For the next seven days, every time you find yourself having a negative attitude about anything, complaining or thinking and speaking negative, critical, judgmental, condemning thoughts or comments; stop yourself and go make a gratitude list. Write down at least seven things that you are grateful for in your life.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get started in case you can't think of anything:

Waking up this morning, still breathing, able to walk, talk, sit down and have the sound mind and physical ability to write a gratitude list are seven things to be grateful for right there.    

Also, while doing this gratitude challenge for the next seven days, refrain from complaining on social media and in your personal life relationships. Fast from reading, or engaging in any negative news or conversations. Either excuse yourself from the conversation and walk away or change the topic of conversation by sharing something positive. 

Another way of expressing gratitude is by letting your spouse, mate, children and true friends know how much you love and appreciate them. 

Everyone likes to hear words of affirmation. We all like to know that we are important to those we're closest to and love. Verbally expressing gratitude and appreciation to them for all they do and the role they play in your life will reassure them that you do not take them or the relationship you share for granted. 

Bottom line, a poor attitude of criticizing, complaining, and focusing on the negative will only attract to you more things to criticize, complain and be negative about. Yet, keeping a positive attitude by appreciating the blessings you've already been given while looking for the good in everything that is and expecting greater good to come, will attract your miracles and blessings to you much faster.  

This occurs because in most cases it's our own negative, critical attitude and energy that's blocking the manifestation of miracles and blessings that we're praying for and waiting to receive.  

Remember, to complain may be human...but an attitude of gratitude is divine. 

Until next time, I surround you in Love & Light! 


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www.facebook.com/groups/InspirationalPoetryandLoveNotes/ 


A One Love Production 
By Anna Ms. Poet Hendricks
Copyright September 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shift Your Perspective and Shift Your Life


Are you praying for a miracle or waiting for a breakthrough? Well...it's not just up to God to make it happen. It's up to you too. God can only give to you what YOU allow to come THROUGH you. 

Sometimes we block our blessings by blocking our hearts from being open and receptive to receive the good that's divinely ours. God has already made our good readily available for us in the Spirit realm. So His end of the deal is already done.

But you can't have an open heart to receive the divine good that awaits you while maintaining a closed mind.

You have to be willing to let go of negative thoughts and resistance to change your perspective. You have to be willing to see things from a different point of view.

Perhaps a shift in consciousness is the only thing really standing between where you are and where you wanna be. It just may be the key to unlocking and unleashing your blessings.


Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light! ~ Anna MsPoet Hendricks


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A One Love Production
By Anna Ms.Poet Hendricks
Copyright September 2014





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Antidote to Fear


The only guaranteed failure 
is being afraid to stumble and fall....
Stuck in stagnation, 
no forward movement at all....

Paralyzed by over analyzed 
intellectual stimulation...
Gripped by the stronghold 
of procrastination....

Unable to see clearly the path
to your desired destination....
Sucked into the emotional vortex
 of frustration, irritation, and aggravation....

Ahhhh...then in steps Faith to the rescue....
The only surefire thing 
that can help you....

Faith will lift the heavy clouds 
of hopelessness and despair....
And show you the beauty and blessings
in life that were already there....

Faith liberates...
It shifts your conscious awareness,
causing your thoughts to elevate....
It is the quiet confidence 
within that motivates....

Faith reminds you that despite your age
or circumstances it is NEVER too late....
To move forward toward your goals
and dreams in life
where you used to hesitate....

Faith reassures you 
that with God on your side,
failure is NOT your fate...

You see, faith is the antidote 
to overcoming fear....
It makes your doubts disappear,
and gives you strength to persevere....

It makes the bridge between
where you are and wanna be 
suddenly appear....
Faith allows you to see the glorious 
future that lies ahead of you,
shining bright and crystal clear.


A One Love Production
By Anna 'Ms. Poet' Hendricks
Copyright August 2014


Friday, August 29, 2014

Conquering the Critical Thinker in You

"When we speak from the ego, we will call up the ego in others. When we speak from the Holy Spirit we will call up their love." ~ Marianne Williamson, from her best-selling book, A Return to Love

Constant ridicule and criticism is a fatal enemy to love. It suffocates the life out of a relationship, preventing it from blossoming and reaching its full potential. It poisons the emotional trust in a relationship that love needs in order to grow. When you constantly criticize, judge or condemn yourself or another, mentally or verbally, you are not aligning with the higher consciousness of divine mind, the Spirit Self. Critical, judgmental, condemning thoughts and words are born and expressed from the ego-self, not from the heart where the Holy Spirit resides and divine love abides.

Our thoughts and words have the power to either build or destroy. When we consistently hold thoughts or speak words that are heavy latent with negative energy attached, as is the case with criticism, they gain a momentum that is hard to break. When the momentum of such negative chain of thoughts is not caught and stopped early on it develops into an unconscious, habitual, primary pattern of thinking. Such negative thoughts and words not only tear down the self-esteem of the person constantly subjected to it, over time it also tears down the foundation of the entire relationship. It prevents the ability for a genuine affinity and authentic bond to be developed. Criticism does not promote togetherness; it encourages separation. 

It also negatively affects and infects your perception of people and situations in your life or that show up on your life path. When you are looking at life circumstances, and the people involved in them, through the tainted lens of the critical thinking mind your ability to clearly see the truth of a situation is severely hindered.

More importantly, your ability to see the light and love in another is blocked by the darkness of the ego projection that fuels the critical thinking inner voice. It is equally important to know that everything the critical inner voice has to say to you is a lie. Since this inner voice is aligned with ego its opinions are based on false perceptions that are relative unlike Truth that comes from the Holy Spirit which is absolute.  

When you persistently criticize and judge another you send them the message that they are not worthy or deserving of love. You are in essence saying to them, "I refuse to accept you as you are. The way God created you is not good enough for me and I am unwilling to love you until you conform to my perception of who you should be. Until you become a version of yourself that is more appealing to my ego and behave in a manner my ego finds more acceptable, I reject you and deny you the blessing of my love."
Yet, who are we to ever say this, or even think such thoughts as this, toward another when God created us all in His image and likeness, which is perfect love. To suggest, through criticism and judgment, that God's divine design of yourself or another is flawed is both spiritual arrogance and spiritual ignorance. How can any of us assume ourselves empowered with the right to deny another the worthiness of love God has already approved us worthy of from the moment of our divine creation. 

If God is love and formed us in His own image and likeness, which is also love, how can we ever be unworthy of that which we already are? Love is the essence of our innate being. We are worthy of love because, as children of God, we are love in physical expression. 

When we learn to live and interact in our relationships, with self and others, centered in this higher consciousness of alignment, where our True Self, that is love resides, our expression of our own light comes forth. In doing so, we are then able to recognize, acknowledge and accept the God-light of love in others. It is from this spiritual perspective of enlightenment that we are able to realize our divine oneness with all humanity; rather than seeing ourselves and others through the darkness of the critical, judgmental, condemning ego perspective. 

When we think and speak from the ego projected self we awaken the ego in others. However, when we align our thoughts and words with the higher consciousness of divine mind we radiate the light and love in ourselves and call forth the same in others to be mirrored back to us. So get rid of your Stinkin' Thinkin' by asking God to heal the critical mind in you. Begin "thinking a new thought" today and be transformed by the renewing of your critical thinking mind.


Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light!


A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright August 2014















Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fear or the Fruit of the Spirit?:You Cannot Serve two Masters

In Mathew 6:24, Jesus said, " You cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

Here are a few more examples besides money where I have found the overall point of this scripture to ring true:

1.) You cannot walk in faith and maintain a spirit of fear or hold onto fear thoughts at the same.

2.) You cannot trust God and worry or fret over the appearance of lack in any situation or circumstance that may show up in your life at the same time.

3.) You cannot demonstrate the spirit of power, love and sound mind in which God has given us and operate from a spirit of fear, which He has NOT given us, at the same time.

4.) You cannot remain stuck in stagnation and procrastination as a slave to fear of failure and expect to see progress or success of any kind at the same time.

5.) You cannot fear what man can do to you and trust God to uphold his promise to NEVER leave or forsake you at the same time.

In other words, fear and Love...fear and Faith...fear and Trust...fear and Power...fear and Courage...fear and Peace...fear in the face of anything that aligns with the fruit of the Spirit and your rightful inheritance as a child of the Most High (God) is like oil and water. They do not and will not mix.

Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light!




A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright August 2014


Friday, June 27, 2014

Do it with Love


1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us, "Love is Patient...Love is Kind..." When we hear this the first thing that most often comes to mind is romantic love. But I believe these two main components to expressing love applies to all of our relationships in every form they come. This includes, and is most importantly applied to, our relationship with self because it's impossible to give, extend or express to others what you have not yet learned to give, extend or express to yourself. 

The catch-22 with this, very clear and seemingly simple, biblical definition of Love, is that it's impossible to be, or express one without being, and expressing the other. I have never seen an impatient person who is also kind. Nor have I ever met a kind person who at the same time lacked patience. In fact, I believe it is during the times we have an attitude of impatience that provokes the unkind behavior we express toward others the most. 

Here are a few prime examples. When you are rushing through traffic, tailgating the cars in front of you, yelling or gesturing obscenities to the other drivers trying to make them speed up so you can  pass by because you feel they're driving the speed limit is moving too slow for you and hindering you from getting to your destination in the time frame you want...you are NOT being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus, you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

If you find yourself hemming and hawing and making rude comments (even if under your breath or in your head) to the cashier while waiting in line at the store then you are NOT being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus, you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

If you are the kind of person who often says, or is thinking as you read this, "Yeah... Yeah...Yeah...all that sounds great in a perfect world but I have things to do, places to go and people to see. So I don't have time for this patience, kindness and love frame of thinking.
I have to keep my day and my life moving forward. And people who don't move or do things at my pace are in my way and a hindrance to me getting what I need done." Then you my friend are not being, extending or expressing patience and kindness. Thus you are not in alignment with the expression of love.

The importance of being consciously aware of this is that when you are not expressing patience and kindness not only are you not expressing love...you are in essence not expressing the presence of God in you.

Now if you're thinking, "Alright, I get the the point about patience and kindness but why did you through God in the mix. What does being patient and kind have to do with God?"
My answer to that question is this. The Holy Scriptures tells us that patience and kindness is love and God is love. And if we are made in God's image and likeness then we embody the same characteristics that is of God such as patience and kindness. Therefore, God has everything to do with it.  "For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen." (1 John 4:20)

Spiritual Laws affect all of us rather one chooses to believe in them or not. And one very basic spiritual law is that what we give out is the measure in which we receive.  So it's safe to say, when you fail to express the characteristics of God, such as patience, kindness and love, then you are the one who is really the source responsible for hindering and holding back your progress and inevitably your own good.

Understand that thoughts are energy and when you maintain an attitude of impatience which provokes behavior that exudes unkindness, you are literally vibrating to the negative energy that's creating more of the very thing you don't want. The energy it takes to stay in that frame of thinking and emotional state is the very energy that is the block and separation between you and your good. As I mentioned in my opening statement, you cannot receive that which you have not yet learned to be, extend, express or give. And this principle applies to everything, on every level and every area of your life.


So the next time you're feeling anxious or frustrated resulting in you behaving aggressive and pushy, impatient, abrupt, unkind or just flat out mean, stop for a moment. Take a deep breath and practice the art and virtue of being patient which will lead to you also being kind. Then sit back and watch everything begin to suddenly fall into place. And not in your time but divine time which believe it or not is always perfect time.

The key to this, however, is not by using our external power in attempt to force what we want to happen. Nor does it unfold by our willfulness and determination to push things forward. Yes action is often necessary to achieve our goals but we live in a universe that's designed to support us not go against us. 

Through patience and kindness we evoke another basic spiritual law called divine order that is only able to express itself when we stop trying to make things happen and allow things to happen by letting go, letting God, and aligning ourselves with Love . It's not just a cliche. Love really does have the power to heal, correct, transform, and attract to you every good thing that's divinely yours to receive. And not just your good but the highest good of all involved. 


Until next time...I surround you in Love & light! 



A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright 2014
References: Holy Bible ~ Good News Translation

Friday, June 20, 2014

Today is Your Day



Today is MY day! Today is the day I become the answer to my own prayers by boldly stepping out on faith and putting my faith into action toward accomplishing my goals. 

Today is MY day! Today is the day I stand tall with the confidence and assurance that God is indeed real and is with me and for me in ALL things allowing NOTHING to come against me and prosper.

Today is MY day! Today is the day I, FEARLESSLY rather than fear-fully, look squarely in the face of any "giant-like" situation in my lifepull back my sling of truth attacking it with my five smooth stones of Faith, Love, Spiritual Strength, Divine Wisdom, and Trust in God. With the power of visualization through my minds eye, called imagination, I see each giant like situation in my life fall powerlessly to its death.

Today is MY day! Today is the day I prepare and expect to receive my good and live my life more abundantly; overcoming all appearance of obstacle or adversity while claiming my absolute victory.

Today is My day! Today is the day I see the solution and resolution to every long standing problem or circumstance finally revealed to me. Today is the day I open my eyes with the ability to clearly see; all the beautiful, bountiful, blessings of God that are everywhere present around me at all times, thanking God for my portion of His goodness and grace that is both constant and sublime.

Today is My day! Today is the day I...Put an end to all stressing...See every burden in my life transformed into a blessing...Every area of stagnation move forward and start progressing. And today I am now professing...It is DONE! D.O.N.E.- Divine Order Now Expressing.

And since this day was created by God everything I mentioned above applies not only to me and my day but to you and your day too.

Until next time...I surround you in Love & light! 


A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
Copyright June 20, 2014